Design for Manufacturing
Why is design for manufacturing so important?
The importance of checking designs for manufacturability cannot be overestimated. Meeting project schedules, achieving a high level of quality management, controlling production costs and improving innovation all hinge in part on getting designs right the first time. In fact, according to Wohlers Industry Report, a small engineering change that could cost $100 or less in the concept phase, could balloon to over $1 million if design changes need to be made once the product is in the field.
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Four success criteria for production-oriented design
Consult with manufacturing experts on your design. Lowering manufacturing costs is never easier than at the design stage.
Use manufacturing-compliant materials if possible, which determines manufacturing processes and means, materials management and quality control.
Know the manufacture process to reduce costs. For example, 3D printing may enable one monolithic part design instead of manufacturing multiple components.
Use standard parts or components. This will reduce the cost of new designs, while improving inventory management and time-to-market.
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