The systems-level knowledge and design skills needed to create good snap-fit interfaces existed in the minds of self-taught snap-fit experts but was not captured in the literature.
New designers of plastic parts wishing to use snap-fit had nowhere to turn unless they were fortunate enough to have access to an experienced snap-fit designer. This book organizes and presents all design aspects of snap-fits with an emphasis on the systems level thinking required to create world-class attachments. Beginning, as well as experienced, product designers will find the information they need to develop snap-fits more efficiently and avoid many common snap-fit problems.
The third edition has been thoroughly revised to include new case histories and applications. The text has been extensively rewritten for clarity and user-friendliness and there are many new figures with expert explanations.
Chapter 1 : Introduction
Chapter 2 : Key Requirements
Chapter 3 : Introduction to the Snap-Fit Development Process
Chapter 4 : Physical Elements : Locators
Chapter 5 : Physical Elements : Locks
Chapter 6 : Lock Strength and Decoupling
Chapter 7 : Constraint in Snap-Fit Applications
Chapter 8 : Physical Elements : Enhancements
Chapter 9 : Applying the Snap-Fit Development Process
Chapter 10 : Feature Development : Material Properties
Chapter 11 : Lock Feature Development : Rules-of-Thumb
Chapter 12 : Lock Feature Development : Calculations
Chapter 13 : Diagnosing Snap-Fit Problems
Chapter 14 : Gaining a Competitive Advantage in Snap-Fit Technology.