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DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURIBITY: GETTING MORE WITH LESS

The conceptualization of every product plays an integral role in its manufacturing. Before its eminence dawned on the industry, manufacturing was fundamentally driven by ‘if it’s designed, then it’s machined’. What followed next was often dreaded by both designers and manufacturers-a difficult (often failed) attempt to manufacture a product to meet unrealistic design expectations which […]

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Get your Electro-Mechanical Design Right

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere- Lee Iacocca In a world strewn with air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, medical equipment mobile phones, cameras, hybrid cars and other paraphernalia, mechanical parts with Printed circuit boards (PCBs) form a major part of the consumer market. Given this, […]

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Ribs and Undercuts

Case in point The line of Liberty Ships from the era of World War II have often made up for an interesting case study for ship builders worldwide. As history has it, it took the loss of both stock and life to put design into perspective. An immediate inspection surmised cold cracking and hydrogen induced […]

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UL Certification and Why It Is Important to Plastics Part Designers

UL certification or UL Safety certification is the process of assessing the compliance of products to recognized safety requirements. This certification most frequently addresses electrical and mechanical safety, fire risks and other product hazards and can include the assessment of other attributes, all focused on making products safer to use. [1] In a majority of […]

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Solving Design Issues Before They Happen

A design engineer’s role in designing a product has undergone a lot of change in this decade or so. Earlier, a designer’s responsibility was limited to only the functional requirements of the product but now they have a greater role to play in success of the product delivered by the organization. Designers have to design […]

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Design for Standardization

Ever-increasing demand for new products from customers is forcing OEMs to launch innovative products at record speeds. Launching a new product could mean either starting from scratch and designing something revolutionary or putting existing pieces together and creating something evolutionary. Revolutionary products form part of a company’s long term vision while evolutionary products comprise of […]

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A Comprehensive Design Review Process – From ID Concept to Mass Production (Part II)

Prototyping and Tooling Recommendations This is part two of a two-part series.  The first part described the stages for a planned approach and a well thought-through set of deliverables at each stage that can ensure a focused, efficient and fast design review process.  This results in a true Poka Yoke tool which prevents design deficiencies […]

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5 Design Rules for Problem Free Injection Molded Plastic Parts

In the last couple of decades, use of lightweight alternatives such as plastics and composites has dramatically increased, with its applications well entrenched in automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics industry. Today’s car for example, has more than 150 kilograms of plastics on board in the form of seats, dashboards, bumpers, and engine components. Boeing 787 on […]

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