Engineering Design: Avoiding Costly Mistakes

Published on 15 September 2023 at 10:56

Engineers have the power to change industries for the better, but optimizing design processes and minimizing expenses are vital. Let's explore common mistakes in engineering design that lead to high product costs. 💡💰

𝟭. 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴: Simplify! Avoid unnecessary complexity and features that don't add value. Overengineering escalates material and manufacturing costs without significant benefits.
𝟮. 𝗡𝗲𝗴𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 (𝗗𝗙𝗠): Consider manufacturing constraints early on to avoid inefficient production methods, longer times, and higher labor expenses. Want to learn more about how to DFM? See what the ShouldCoster can do for you!
𝟯. 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘀: Choose cost-effective options that meet performance requirements. Selecting expensive or unsuitable materials unnecessarily raises production costs.
𝟰. 𝗜𝗻𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝗶𝘀: Don't overlook tolerance analysis. Improperly fitting parts result in rework, scrapped components, and increased expenses. Perform thorough analysis to avoid these pitfalls.
𝟱. 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: Consider long-term costs like maintenance, repairs, and disposal. Ignoring lifecycle costs leads to unexpected financial burdens.
By being mindful of these mistakes, we can optimize engineering design processes and minimize expenses. Let's foster efficiency, simplicity, and sustainability in our designs for a better future.

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