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As a manufacturer of machined aluminium parts we encourage our customers to involve us early in the product design process. It is well known that, although design costs consume approximately 20% of the total budget for a new project, typically 80% of manufacturing costs are determined by the design of the product1. However, the days of product design taking place in a vacuum are long gone! Concurrent Engineering, a method of designing and developing products, in which the different stages run simultaneously, rather than consecutively, is the key to achieving a design suitable for cost effective manufacture and assembly.
Reducing the number of parts increases the probability of a perfect part, and reduces costs. Fewer fabrication and assembly steps are required which gives the opportunity to integrate processes and reduce lead times.