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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.


Class participants will develop a deep understanding of snap-fit attachments and will gain the knowledge to develop snap-fit applications optimized for reliability, manufacturing, assembly and customer usage.

The trend toward lean engineering and shorter product development time means less time and fewer resources are available for product development. A Design-for-Manufacturing philosophy encourages use of integral attachments (snap-fits) to reduce loose parts and simplify the assembly process. At the same time, customers continue to expect high-quality products. The systematic approach to developing snap-fit applications presented in this class gives participants the knowledge needed to satisfy these diverse requirements and "do it right the first time."

The class is presented in an informal lecture/discussion format with high-quality visuals and an extensive use of sketches and notes to clarify important points. 

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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

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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

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This program can be applied toward the:

Mon. & Tue. Sept. 21-22
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Paul Bonenberger, author, The First Snap-Fit Handbook
$890: Register by Tue., July 21
$990: Register on or after Wed., July 22 Discount Available
CEUs: 1.4/PDHs: 14
Enrollment Limit: 40
Program No. 4830-8470
Registration Deadline: Mon., Sept. 21
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For more information, contact:
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


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