Free Plastics Design Articles from IDES


IDES has assembled a very nice collection of free plastic design guides and articles that you should consider downloading for your personal library. Just add them to your cart and they’ll send you the link. Here’s a few I found really useful:


Designing With Plastic: The Fundamentals from Ticona is a classic (if there is such a thing in plastic design guides). Last updated in 2006, this single guide presents all the basic information regarding plastic and part design for injection molidng. This is definitely a must-have.


The Design Solutions Guide from BASF is also a very complete review of the subject. Is it better than Ticona’s? Download both and see for yourself… they’re both free


The Snap-Fit Design Manual from BASF is just that: It reviews all the ways you can snap parts together including the fairly easy-to-use stress calculations for each (to make sure you’re not over-stressing the plastic).

There’s 66 articles in total, but you’re probably not going to be too interested in some of them (like Cold Jet – Industry Overview: Plastic Mold Cleaning or Effective & Economical Purging of Plastics Processing Machinery). But you should check out most of them… again, because they’re free.

In addition, IDES has a really decent collection of free on-line articles covering design, materials, processing and other related subjects. All you have to do is register (for free).


4 Responses to “Free Plastics Design Articles from IDES”

  1. 1 Lee October 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Great resource. Too bad that it requires you to give them your address & CC# in order to register to download any of the PDF’s. Not an issue if your already a customer.

    • 2 Warren Ginn October 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      Sorry, I didn’t realize that they ask for your credit card for free items… But IDES is still a valuable resource and I don’t think you should worry too much about having your card charged… you just might get a bit of spam…


  2. 3 Terry December 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    It is so helpful to get review over these files. Some are still new to me. Thanks a lot!

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