Designing Successful Products with Plastics

Designing Successful Products with Plastics

Fundamentals of Plastic Part Design

1st Edition - August 28, 2017

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  • Author: Mark MacLean-Blevins
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323445016
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323446488

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Designing Successful Products with Plastics: Fundamentals of Plastic Part Design provides expert insight into design considerations required to bring a concept product or part through design and ready-for-production. The book shows how integrating four key choices—materials, processes, tooling and design—in every design decision allows the designer to fully vet and optimize the design. Rather than focusing on design rules and engineering equations used during product development, the emphasis of the book is on what the designer needs to consider during the early conceptual visualization stages, and in the detailed stages of the design process. This approach will bridge the gap between the industrial designer, tasked with the ‘big picture’ product design and use, and the part designer, tasked with the detailed plastic part design for manufacture. Useful to both experienced and novice designers, this book brings valuable design process information through specific examples, enabling designers and engineers in the plastics industry to effectively use the available technical information to successfully design and manufacture new products.

Key Features

  • Bridges the gap between the industrial designer working on product design and use, and the part designer working on detailed part design for manufacture
  • Enables designers to establish a solid foundation for new product development on the ‘four pillars’ of the process: materials, processes, tooling, and design
  • Provides a hierarchy and roadmap through creative product design and implementation, so engineers can translate a product from creative concept through to realization and commercialization


Engineers and designers responsible for the design of products and component parts. Manufacturing engineers responsible for production of plastic components. Key plastics industries – automotive, aerospace, medical, packaging, electronics, consumer

Table of Contents

  • Section I – Background Knowledge
    1. Introduction
    2. Material Selection – Which Plastic to Use?
    3. Process Selection - Which Plastics Process to use?
    4. Tooling - what tooling will be required?

    Section II – Designing with Plastics
    5. Conceptual Design – how do we begin the design process?
    6. Preliminary Detailed Design
    7. Final Detailed Design

    Section III – Implementation of the Design
    8. Gathering Production Estimates
    9. Project Review and Verification – Risk Management
    10. Production Implementation
    11. Production Qualification and Hand-Off

    Section IV - Lessons
    12. Design with Plastics Practices – Creating Value through Good Design Practices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 324
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2017
  • Published: August 28, 2017
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323445016
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323446488

About the Author

Mark MacLean-Blevins

Mark MacLean-Blevins
Mark T. MacLean-Blevins, founder of MacLean-Blevins & Associates, is an independent product design consultant, in private practice since 1993 with forty-five patents issued for innovations developed as a result of his creative input. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Mark applied his knowledge and design talents working for companies such as General Instrument and Mine Safety Appliances, and then, once independent, providing consultation services to companies such as Ciba-Vision, Johnson Wax Professional, Teledyne Energy Systems, and over 90 others. In addition, Mark has been the recipient of several national and international design awards for products developed and commercialized from his efforts and expertise.

Affiliations and Expertise

MacLean-Blevins and Associates, Inc., Westminster, USA

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  • AlbertMcGovern Fri Nov 29 2019

    Good Book, Great Author

    This is an information-packed book, carefully and meticulously crafter by a skilled practitioner in the art of designing plastic products--and, doing so successfully.