Designing Plastic Parts for Assembly

  • ID: 3260056
  • Book
  • 438 Pages
  • Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
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For over 22 years, "Designing Plastic Parts for Assembly" has been the definitive guide for both seasoned part designers and novices to the field, facilitating cost-effective design decisions and ensuring that the plastic parts and products will stand up under use.

The detailed yet simplified discussion of material selection, manufacturing techniques, and assembly procedures enables the reader to evaluate plastic materials and design plastic parts with confidence. Good joint design and implementation, the geometry and nature of the component parts, the types of load involved, and other fundamental information necessary for a successful outcome are all included. Throughout, the treatment is practice-oriented and focused on everyday problems and situations.

The 8th edition introduces a completely new chapter on fasteners, including discussion and evaluation of thread forming and thread cutting screws, with accompanying examples. New case histories in the fields of elasticity and annular snap fits that illustrate the hazardous consequences of inadequate part design are also included.


  • Understanding Plastic Materials
  • Understanding Safety Factors
  • Strength of Material for Plastics
  • Nonlinear Considerations
  • Welding Techniques for Plastics
  • Press Fitting
  • Living Hinges
  • Snap Fitting
  • Bonding
  • In-Mold Assembly
  • Fasteners
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Paul A. Tres is a Senior Technical Consultant with ETS, Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ( serving the plastics and automotive industries. He is author of a variety of seminar manuals, technical and marketing papers, including the bestselling textbook Designing Plastic Parts for Assembly, 7th edition, published by Carl Hanser Verlag of Munich, Germany (2014) and computer software for automotive plastic part design.

Speaker, educator, and lecturer at numerous national and international plastics seminars and conferences, with over 16,700 attendees in 12 countries, among them Canada, France, Germany, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, and Thailand, Paul Tres is a Fellow of International Society of Plastics Engineers. He is also an active contributor to and member of the Plastics Academy, International Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mr. Tres is also a highly sought-after expert witness having assisted such law firms as Griffin & Szipl P.C.; Kreis, Enderle, Callander & Hudgins, P.C.; Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP; Sellars, Marion & Bachi; and many others.
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