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Simply Snap-Fits: Developing World-Class Snap-Fit Attachments

Develop a deep understanding of snap-fit attachments and gain the knowledge to develop snap-fit applications optimized for reliability, manufacturing, assembly and customer usage. With real-life observations, sample parts and a copy of the instructor’s book, The First Snap-Fit Handbook, you’ll have the tools to master the snap-fit technology fundamentals.

This course can be applied to the Plastics Technology Certificate.


Paul Bonenberger

Paul Bonenberger

Paul Bonenberger worked at a major North American engineering and manufacturing company for 37 years. For 30 of those years, he was a subject matter expert in mechanical attachments. In 1990, he recognized that no comprehensive explanation of snap-fit technology ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Designers and engineers with responsibility for developing plastic parts
  • Leaders of Design-for-Manufacturing workshops where product concepts are developed
  • Beginners/novices wishing to learn basic principles and design practices that will prevent fundamental product design mistakes
  • Experienced individuals looking for new information and tricks-of-the-trade to help them develop better products, faster
  • Managers of product groups at original equipment suppliers interested in product development, establishing performance requirements, supplier/client interactions and gaining competitive advantage

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how a snap-fit attachment functions as a complex system of features
  • Recognize and avoid many common snap-fit mistakes
  • Know the minimum design requirements for a successful snap-fit attachment
  • Have a process for developing sound snap-fit concepts before committing to a final design
  • Be aware of important tricks-of-the-trade, otherwise discovered through trial and error
  • Distinguish locking feature styles and know which is appropriate for a given application
  • Understand basic processing considerations and basic material considerations for snap-fits
  • Understand how enhancement features are used to create robust attachments
  • Have rules-of-thumb and analysis procedures for cantilever beam based lock features
  • Have a process for diagnosing common snap-fit problems
  • Understand the fundamental characteristics of a snap-fit capable organization

Dates and locations to be announced.