A prototype is very important in the development of a new product, offering a fast solution for producing functional parts for testing. Prototypes also offer the advantage of testing the molding process with the production material, so any process or material design flaws are discovered early on. The Engineering Resource Center can bring your product idea to fruition with the help of our expert engineers, designers and toolmakers. We concentrate on high quality plastic injection molded prototype tooling so your test results can validate your design. Our capabilities include custom plastic injection molding, insert molding, overmolding, and hand loaded molds for customers on a limited budget.
Prototype Tooling: Our MTS Solution
We keep tooling costs low and quality high by using our proprietary MTS solution. When the ERC was formed, we invested in building a modular tooling system in which we own the mold bases (pictured in gray), so our customers only have to pay for the inserts (pictured in orange). The inserts require less steel and less time to work on, therefore reducing lead time and cost. All of our prototype tooling is constructed from P20 steel to ensure that parts will be made to your exact specifications and tight tolerances. All of our prototype and bridge molds are designed incorporating the highest level of quality and features that can be transitioned into use for low volume production.
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Once the mold inserts are complete, they are fit into the mold base and placed in our automated injection molding press. Parts are monitored by proven RJG software, allowing the press to run day and night - even on weekends and holidays - without requiring an operator to remove parts or monitor quality. As a result, we're able to offer a quicker lead time and lower part price on prototypes and small production quantities.
Contact our engineers today to discuss your upcoming prototype projects.