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From the Plastics Machining & Assembly program, this Plastics Assembly section covers the many fastening and joining methods used to produce plastic parts. Included are segments on snap-fit fasteners, the use of hinges, mechanical fasteners, adhesive and solvent bonding applications, and the various plastic welding processes, including: spin welding, hot-gas welding, ultrasonic welding, vibration welding, heat staking and ultrasonic staking.
By Philip D Rufe
By Ahmad K Elshennawy, Gamal S Weheba, PhD