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Design and Manufacturing of Plastics Products - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128197752

Design and Manufacturing of Plastics Products

1st Edition

Integrating Traditional Methods With Additive Manufacturing

Author: Antonio Pouzada
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128197752
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st August 2021
Page Count: 500
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Design and Material Selection
2. Development of plastics products
2.1 Conception of Products in Plastics:
2.2 Design rules for molded products;
2.3 Design for manufacturing;
2.4 Design using recycled materials

3. Sustainability of plastics
3.1 Applying eco-design strategies to the full life cycle of products;
3.2 Recycling and recyclability criteria
3.3. Reusing post-used product components;
3.4 Life Cycle assessment and costing in plastics design


Design and Manufacturing of Plastics Products: Integrating Conventional Methods and Innovative Technologies brings together detailed information on design, materials selection, properties, manufacturing, and the performance of plastic products, incorporating the utilization of the latest novel techniques and additive manufacturing technologies. The book integrates the design of molded products and conventional manufacturing and molding techniques with recent additive manufacturing techniques to produce performant products and cost-effective tools. Key areas of innovation are explained in detail, including hybrid molds, the integration of processing options with product properties and performance, and sustainability factors such as eco-design strategies, recycling, and lifecycle assessment.

Other sections cover the development of plastics products, including design methodologies, design solutions specific to plastics, and design for re-use, as well as manufacturing and performance, with an emphasis on thermoplastic molding techniques, recent advances on plastics tooling, and the appraisal of the influence of processing options on product performance. This is a valuable resource to plastics engineers, design engineers, mold makers, and product or part designers across industries. It will also be of interest to researchers and advanced students in plastics engineering, polymer science, additive manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

Key Features

  • Offers a thorough grounding in plastics part design, thermoplastic material selection, properties, manufacture and performance of plastic parts
  • Presents the latest advances, including the integration of additive manufacturing in the plastics product development cycle, hybrid molds, and lifecycle and recycling considerations
  • Enables the reader to utilize traditional methods alongside cutting-edge technologies in the production of performant plastic products and parts


Plastics engineers, design engineers, moldmakers, product or part designers across industries, and those working in additive manufacturing. Researchers and advanced students in plastics engineering, polymer science, additive manufacturing, and mechanical engineering


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About the Author

Antonio Pouzada

Prof. António S. Pouzada was a Full Professor of Design with Plastics, at the Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, until his recent retirement. Prof. Pouzada’s expertise covers design of plastics products, hybrid injection moulds for thermoplastics, micro-injection moulding, and the study of tribological aspects associated with the operation of injection moulds. He has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. [Prof. Pouzada contributed a chapter on ‘Processing, Design, and Performance of Plastics Products’ to Brydson's Plastics Materials, Eighth Edition, published in October 2016.]

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Professor of Design with Plastics, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal