Material Selection

Material selection is a challenging task. Do it right, nobody pays any more attention. But if you do it wrong . . .

The Plastics Guide Book

Thermoplastic Material Selection: A Practical Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the world of thermoplastics. It discusses the importance – and the challenges – of material selection, and provides readers with the tools they need to save time, money, and frustration.

The book provides an overview of the most commonly used thermoplastic materials, including discussions of the different chemical families, plastics categories, and material grades – and the implications of these differences on the material selection process. It provides insights on the traditional methods of material selection based on performance and cost, and also discusses the use of non-traditional methods based on subjective evaluation.

This book should have been titled “The hitchhiker’s guide to the plastics galaxy.” Put it your library, put it in your briefcase, put it in your backpack, whatever. Just make sure you get it, read it, and use it.

It is available on the Elsevier web-site, and is also available from Amazon.

Nominated for a 2016 PROSE Award. [1]
Currently in the permanent collection of over 500 libraries in 20 different countries. [2]


[1] Presented by the Association of American Publishers, the Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) recognize works of great merit that add groundbreaking knowledge to the arts, humanities and sciences.
[2] As reported on April 28, 2021, by WorldCat, the world’s largest network of library content and services.


“ With over thirty years of experience in the industry, this is the best comprehensive story of plastics that I have ever seen ”

“ An excellent resource for all aspects of the plastics industry ”

“ A trove of information about the trade-offs involved in selecting materials ”


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