Designing Successful Products with Plastics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323445016

Designing Successful Products with Plastics

1st Edition

Fundamentals of Plastic Part Design

Authors: Mark MacLean-Blevins
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323445016
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st October 2017
Page Count: 350
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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


Designing Successful Products with Plastics: Creating Optimum Parts for Successful Products 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 manufacture, the emphasis of the book is on what the designer needs to consider during the early conceptual visualization stages, and 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 realization


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


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About the Authors

Mark MacLean-Blevins Author

Mark MacLean-Blevins is the founder of MacLean-Blevins & Associates, a professional product design and consultation company. His professional experience includes work in applied research, development, product design, manufacturing methods and process development. He has authored or co-authored forty US and international patents with several more applications pending review. Mark also serves on the Board of directors for the Product Design and Development division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Affiliations and Expertise

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