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Other Items on Product Design from the SPRA Archives

Designing with Plastics at 4cDesign

William Mitchell explained how 4CDesign approach the process of designing with plastics, using a sheep tagging system as a case study.       Dec 2010


Designing with Plastics at Berg Design

Graham Rennie illustrated how Berg Design approach designing with plastics, using a number of case studies, including a novel design for a cartridge for disposable pipette tips.  Dec 2008


Novel Chair Design using Rotational Moulding

Alex Morton, Outgang Ltd, described a novel chair design for a seat based on rotational moulding. Dec 2008


Design of Device for Near Field Communication

Discovery Design and Management Services in Dundee presented the design of a device to exploit the rapidly emerging Near Field Communication (NFC) Dec 2007


Designing with Plastics at fearsomEngine

fearsomEngine, a design consultancy in Glasgow, outlined a range of projects to illustrate the key features of designing with plastics. Dec 2007


History of Plastics and Design

Colin Williamson, a well known plastician (an enthusiast for plastics), took the audience on an entertaining and informative journey through the history of plastics and design, from thermoforming of horn in the 16th century up to modern household items.  Sept 2006



Design of Beer Bottle in Safeglass Material

The application of Safeglass material to design of a beer bottle that looks and feels like glass but, when broken, produces no sharp edges. Sept 2004


Rapid Prototyping Techniques at Arrk

Charles Thompson, from Arrk Product Development Group Ltd, reviewed the latest developments in rapid prototyping, including stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), fused deposition modelling (FDM) and laminated object modelling (LOM). Dec 2002


Rapid Prototyping at CA Models

CA Models, in Stirling, have a range of rapid prototyping techniques available for designers in the plastics industry.  April 2001

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  • Materials Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, Additives.
  • Processes Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Ancillaries.
  • Design Product, Mould, CAE, Testing.
  • Applications Healthcare, Packaging, Electronics, Other Markets.
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