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.

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 30 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 June 30, 2021, by  WorldCat, the world’s largest network of library content and services.


A series of training seminars are available in the application of plastics technology. Courses are focused on the design, development, and manufacturing of plastic products. As such, each course is designed to present the technology from an industry perspective using real life examples and development case histories. Descriptions of available seminars are available here.



“True Confessions: A plastics engineer explains why we don’t need no stinkin’ bag bans.”  article for Plastics Today,  November 18, 2016.

True Confessions: A plastics engineer explains why he despises property data sheets.” article for Plastics Today,  August 13, 2016.

“True Confessions: An engineer explains why he will never buy a 3D printer.”  article for Plastics Today,  May 24, 2016.

“Plastic Material Selection: The four performance killers.”  article for Plastics Today,  October 1, 2015 (reprinted in the March 2106 print edition).

“Thermoplastic Material Selection: A Practical Guide.”  Elsevier, Oxford, England. May 2015. 324 pages, hardcover.

“Eine Methodik zur technischen Bewertung von Kunststoffen”  GAK Gummi Fasern Kunststoffe, April 2015.  (reprint and translation of SPE paper)

“Material Selection Based on Feel.”   Proceedings from the Annual TechniCAL Conference, Society of Plastics Engineers, April 2014.

“Material Selection Based on Cost.”  Proceedings from the Annual Technical Conference, Society of Plastics Engineers, April 2014.

“Life Cycle Design Guidance Manual.”  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1993.  (contributor)

“Inside Injection Molded Parts.” Materials Engineering, August 1992.

“Designing Better Thermoplastic Parts.” Progettista Industriale, July/August 1991.  (reprinted from Machine Design)

“Designing Better Thermoplastic Parts.” Machine Design, February 1991.

“Engineering Resins: Breaking the Rules.” Plastics Engineering, May 1990.  (editorial contribution)

“Advances in the Use of Engineering Plastics in the Office Furniture Industry.” Proceedings from Structural Plastics ‘90 Conference, April 1990.

“Finding New Parts for Plastics.” Mechanical Engineering, August 1989.  (editorial contribution).



“Thermoplastic Material Selection for Performance, Cost, and Feel.”  Cyclitech 2016 Conference, Society of Plastics Engineers / JEC Group, Dec 6-7, 2016. Newport Beach, CA.
(keynote presentation)

“An Engineer’s Perspective on Performance Plastics.”  IAPD 60th Annual Convention, International Association of Plastics Distribution, October 4-7, 2016. Phoenix, AZ.

“Visions in Plastic: How designers incorporate plastics into their work.” Design in Plastics 2016, Society of Plastics Engineers, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
(panel discussion)

“Growth Opportunities in Patient Compliance – Improving Medication Adherence with New Engagement Solutions.”  MEDevice Conference, San Diego. Sep 1-2, 2015.
(panel discussion)

“Plastic Material Selection.”  Western Plastics Trade Fair, Society of Plastics Engineers, Southern California chapter. August 2015.
(keynote presentation)

“Designing with Plastics.” Plastics University, Annual Technical Conference, Society of Plastics Engineers, March 2015.

“New Looks for the v60 phone – Aluminum Finishing Options”  Motorola Technology Leadership Series, 1999.
(in-house seminar)

“Plastics Coloring Technology”  SRAM Corporation, 1995.
(in-house seminar)

“Better Development by Design”  DuPont Americas Development Conference, April 1992.
(technical chair)

“Talking an Ethical Stand”  Pratt Institute, April, 1991.
(panel discussion)

“Plastics Disposables.” University of The Arts, Fall 1989.
(sponsor of junior thesis project)

DuPont Worldwide Furniture Conference, December 1988.
(technical chair)

“Imagineering: the importance of creativity in new product development.” IDSA Annual Conference, August 1988.



Client Comments

A satisfied customer - great work, Eric!
Diane H Gulyas, DuPont Polymers

Eric is precisely the type of talent we could use a lot more of to deliver the high caliber product design this start-up company demands.
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"Imagineering..." is not only enjoyable but also fits our approach to the marketplace..."Imagineering" can be a great tool for us. Thanks.
Jeffrey M Lipton, DuPont Polymer Products

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US Patent – Tekna (US Patent No. 4523379) “Knife With Retractable Sheath”

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