Whether you're manufacturing using a mass-production method such as injection molding or manufacturing to demand using a method such as 3D printing, working with plastics is a unique and challenging field. Learn how to take plastic's unique properties into account and give yourself an advantage in product design and manufacturing.
Discover various methods of manufacturing in plastic.
Explore techniques for getting the most out of 3D printing.
Plan your designs to fit the constraints of plastic manufacturing.
Rapid Prototyping for Product Design with Gabriel Corbett
Bring your product designs into the real world with rapid prototyping. Get a close look at the machinery and the techniques, such as 3D printing, machining, and injection molding.
1h 38m • COURSE
Fusion 360: 3D Printed Product Enclosure with Vladimir Mariano
Learn how to design product enclosures to manufacture a 3D printing of the design using Autodesk Fusion 360.
1h 58m • COURSE
Design for Additive Manufacturing: FDM with Kacie Hultgren
Use design for manufacturing concepts to optimize your parts for 3D printing with fused
deposition modeling (FDM) technology.
1h 47m • COURSE
Fusion 360: Designing for Plastics with Thom Tremblay
Learn about designing for additive manufacturing in plastic using Fusion 360. Discover how to create a form, complete and visualize your design, and set it up for 3D printing.
1h • COURSE
Learning 3D Printing with Kacie Hultgren
Learn the basics of what 3D printing is and how you can use it to create amazing objects, from prototypes to working tools.
1h 16m • COURSE
Additive Manufacturing: Optimizing 3D Prints with Rich Cameron
Get high-quality 3D prints, every time. Learn how to adjust and manage 3D printer settings to achieve the best possible results.
1h 27m • COURSE
SOLIDWORKS: Mold Design with Tam Black
Learn how to design high-quality molds and casts—for one-off prototyping or mass production—in SOLIDWORKS.
1h 50m • COURSE
You'll learn plastic manufacturing skills with these experts.
Gabriel Corbett is an experienced product designer, instructor, and speaker.
Gabriel has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and has been an active product designer for the past 18 years. He previously owned a prototype-through-production machine shop that built parts for notable organizations like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Panasonic. By combining solid design experience with real-world skill in building products, Gabriel has the unique ability to design products quickly and effectively. He regularly consults companies on better and more efficient manufacturing and design methods.
Gabriel has worked with many startups and established companies, developing products for the consumer, industrial, and medical markets. He has worked on all aspects of product development, including product design, engineering, marketing, sales, and management.
Gabriel has been a Lynda.com author since 2011, and has developed courses on SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, rapid prototyping, and certification. He runs the Orange County SOLIDWORKS User Group, and has taught SOLIDWORKS and CNC machining at Irvine Valley College. Additionally, he runs his own design engineering company called Tiger Industrial Inc. He has presented at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, San Diego, Florida, and Los Angeles.
Gabriel's interests include new ventures, photography, adventure travel, surfing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Vladimir Mariano is the cofounder and president of Fairfield County Makers' Guild, an independent makerspace.
Vladimir is also the founder of CT Robotics Academy. As an instructor, he specializes in teaching 3D printing, 3D design, electronics, programming, and using Fusion 360. Many of his classes and projects combine the worlds of art and tech. He also teaches several maker-related classes at local libraries and schools. He has a degree in Geology from West Virginia University and a ROBOTC programming instructor certification from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
Kacie Hultgren is a multidisciplinary designer, focused on set design for live performance.
Kacie's experiments using early DIY desktop 3D printers for scale model building led to an online following in the 3D printing community, where she posts under the handle "PrettySmallThings." She is passionate about teaching others to use digital tools and hardware to augment traditional craft and bring their ideas to life in three dimensions. Kacie lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter: @KacieHultgren.
Thom Tremblay has been working with computer-aided design software and its users for over 30 years.
In 1988, Thom Tremblay became convinced that the CAD tool he had been working with for two years was using 3D models to create the 2D working drawings he needed. Working as a drafter and mechanical designer on projects in shipbuilding, commercial electronics, and centrifugal compressors eventually led Thom to teaching others how to use the tools with which he was skilled. With over fifteen years of experience consulting with businesses of all types and sizes, Thom has developed an understanding of how people use and learn technologies. This experience, along with professional certifications in Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, and being an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Certification Evaluator, have translated into books that help customers leverage the power of design technology in ways that are easily understood.
Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron is a cofounder of Nonscriptum LLC.
Rich's Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Rich is an open-source 3D printer hacker who designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito printers. He collaborates with his cofounder, Joan Horvath, on books for Apress, available on Apress.com, Amazon.com, and via other retailers.
Tam Black is a multidisciplinary design consultant, an avid member of the maker scene, and a lifetime learner.
She combines her real-world experience with manual manufacturing methods and her education in design thinking to bring a cumulative perspective on the art of prototyping and design for manufacture. She teaches building and crafting techniques on-site at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, Massachusetts, and online classes for LinkedIn Learning.
Tam's specialties include design for manufacture, design for assembly, prototyping, and production scale-up. You can find her on Instagram @alex.t.black.