Plastics Design Toolbox
Here are examples in the selection of the
many resources available to the plastics de-
signer and other plastics users; also review
references 3, 6, 10, 14, 20, 29, 31, 36, 37, 39,
43 to 125.
1. Plastics databases, electronic
2. Hard-copy data sources
3. Process simulation software
4. Plastics design books
5. Design education
6. Trade publications
7. Trade associations
8. Industry conferences
9. Key related websites
10. Key corporate websites
1. Plastics Databases, Electronic
The optimum selection of materials is be-
coming increasingly important for cost con-
trols and innovation in engineering design.
The following databases are tools of choice to
help the designer and others meet this need.
1.1 IDES INC.
1.1.1 Prospector web Prospector Web is
an interactive database used to find and com-
pare plastic materials. You can specify your
application requirements to search a cata-
log of nearly all North American plastics
and increasing amounts of plastics data from
European and Pacific Rim material suppliers.
Materials can be searched by any of 200+
properties, reviewed, sorted, and compared
to determine the material best fitted to your
needs. Test data is available in both English
or Metric units and ASTM or IS0 format.
Both Prospector Web and its sister product
Prospector Desktop come with IDES’S ex-
clusive Plastics Materials Hotline to help with
questions that may arise.
Desktop is a disk-based version of the popu-
lar Prospector Web. Prospector Desktop also
contains multi point data graphs. (Available
on CD-ROM or diskette for Windows and
1.2.3 Electronic product catalog Elec-
tronic Product Catalog is a sales tool avail-
able to material producers and distributors.
Potential customers looking for materials can
be directed to a website through direct links
from datasheets acce