Designing for Manufacturability – Part 4: The Process
Here we are. We have discussed, in the previous weeks, practical considerations; design needs; and materials to consider when designing for manufacturability.
In Part 4 of this series, we will be addressing the steps you should take to determine manufacturability.
Step 1: Clarify what you really need
- How will the product be used? By whom?
- Will it be subjected to a challenging environment? (i.e.: Under the hood of a car)
- What is the consequence if the product does not perform in use? (i.e.: Do you just have a dissatisfied customer or is it a product that can affect a person’s safety?)
- What are “must have” features for the product?
Step 2: Identify practical manufacturing constraints
- Is there a budget or cost limitation?
- When do you need it? How often?
- Is the product regulated or subject to exchange issues or tariffs?
- Do you have the capability and capacity to manufacture it yourself?
Step 3: Work with design partners to create specifications and manufacture the product.
- Determine reasonable quality specifications, testing protocols, and measurements.
- Select appropriate materials and location.
- Get cost and timing.
- Secure and oversee manufacturing.
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