Highly effective seminars and hands-on workshops held several times throughout the year

Industrial Design and Plastic Product Design

3 Day Lecture Offered Once

Tuition: $1,350

  • July 31-August 2
    Michael Paloian
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This highly interactive three day seminar includes recommended plastics design guidelines for multiple processes as well as their application to actual case studies. The program addresses specific design guidelines for all major plastics manufacturing processes based on similarities and differences specific to each process. Unlike conventional seminars which focus on design rules, this program has been carefully prepared to provide you with a keen understanding of various plastics processes and their effect on part design. Numerous case studies are cited for demonstrating critical points of interest. The program is ideally suited to engineers and industrial designers interested in plastics product design. Participants will be provided with an overview of plastic product design from initial product specifications to final production considerations. Content is typically modified during the seminar based on students' interests and professional backgrounds. Topics include industrial design, prototyping methods and engineering development based on actual case studies. Emphasis is placed on plastic product design, material and process selection as well as industrial design requirements.

An overview of the many factors to be covered in this program is summarized below:

  • Research and product specifications
  • Concept development - industrial design
  • Concept refinement - industrial design
  • Engineering and CAD design
  • Prototyping
  • Production documentation
  • Production release and follow-up

In addition to the above mentioned, the program will include human factors, aesthetics, marketing considerations, product architecture, cost trade-offs, tooling amortization, assembly labor, serviceability considerations, material selection, and finally process selection. General design considerations and guidelines will be discussed for the following plastic processes:

  • Injection Molding
  • Rotational Molding
  • Gas Assist Injection Molding
  • Structural Foam Molding
  • Pressure Forming
  • Vacuum Forming
  • Polyurethane Casting
  • RIM
  • Blow Molding

The curriculum will be structured to communicate this information in the following formats:

  • PowerPoint® lecture
  • Case studies and examples
  • Review of CAD files of actual products
  • Review of physical parts
  • Discussion of actual products
  • Interactive workshop applying the principles


The program will be segmented into the following groups:

Day One Morning Session

  • Overview of product design, industrial design & plastics design

Day One Afternoon Session

  • Holistic overview of plastics design guidelines based on all processes
  • Case studies based on various processes

Day Two Morning Session

  • Product design using plastics
  • Plastics process comparisons

Day Two Afternoon Session

  • Examples/case studies/application of creative thinking
  • Workshop

Day Three Morning Session

  • Continuation of product design using plastics
  • Detailed explanation of design similarities and differences

Day Three Afternoon Session

  • Workshop - Apply the classroom information to an actual example