• AIM’s Online Part Design Development Course is structured to improve your ability to design for manufacturability and for performance over your product’s lifespan.



    What Will I Learn?

    Part Design begins with a review of fundamental plastic material characteristics – including shrink and warp – that are essential in understanding the complexities of both mechanical and dimensional performance.

    Next, we will discuss common plastic part design guidelines and why these guidelines exist so that attendees understand the consequences of deviating from, and in some cases abiding by, those guidelines.

    We then dive into strategies you can use when designing for mechanical performance, covering topics including stress, strain, and modulus. This is followed by education on the impact that time, temperature, moisture, strain, and stress concentrations have on the final part design.

    We incorporate practical applications, including snap fits, press fits, and beams, into the course to bolster the attendee’s opportunity for learning.

    Part Design concludes with a discussion on the key aspects of part cost estimation and methods for quickly evaluating cost based on the performance properties vs. the traditional method of dollars per pound.


    How Long Is the Course?

    The Online Part Design Development Course is four days long. Each day is from 1:00-5:00pm EST.


    Who Should Attend the Part Design Development Course?

    This course will be helpful for anyone involved in the part design process who wants to improve their ability to design for manufacturability.


    How Much Is it?

    The registration fee is $1,300 and includes course materials for all four days.

    This course includes a printed binder of the course content that will be mailed directly to each student within the continental U.S. Books will typically ship within one to two business days after payment has been received. However, due to the nature of shipments at the present time, we can not guarantee all books will arrive prior to the class especially if a student registers fewer than seven days from the course start date. If that is the case, students may need to supply their shipping account information to cover the expedited shipping costs. For all students outside the continental U.S., we will either need your shipping account information or pay the additional shipping charge of $200 for each shipment. 


    How Do I Register?

    Review the course dates in the table below, and click on the Purchase button to begin the registration process.

    *Please note that Part Design is presented in English only. Students should be fluent in understanding, reading, and writing English in order to attend.


    Is There a Course Outline?

    Yes! Here is a detailed list of topics that will be covered:

    • Key performance characteristics of amorphous and semi-crystalline materials
    • Molecular weight and its effect on performance properties
    • Crystallinity and its effect on material properties
    • Classifications of plastic shrinkage
    • Advantages & disadvantages of common part design guidelines
    • The impact the part design has on mold complexity and cost
    • Mechanical properties of stress, strain, modulus
    • Time dependent behavior of creep, stress relaxation, and fatigue
    • Environmental impacts of temperature and moisture
    • Labs: snap fits, press fits, and beams.
    • Methods for estimating part costs

    Available Course Dates

    Date Location Price Quantity View Cart
    Mar 07 - 10, 2022 Online, Anywhere $1,300.00 (USD)
    Sep 26 - 29, 2022 Online, Anywhere $1,300.00 (USD)

    There may be grant funding available to help you pay for our Development Courses. Learn more.