Given the trend to simplify designs using plastic/elastomeric materials with the integration of functions such as springs, latches, hinges, & deliberate deformation to achieve a part function, what is available to help do better design of these parts?
I know this is a vague question.
SolidWorks and other 3D solids programs let us do better construction and quicker calculations.
Are there other tools and techniques or organized books on the subject?
I thought the answers might indeed help a lot of SolidWorks users, not the least of which might be me.