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    July 12, 2018

    Tooling Design and Maintenance: How to Make Your Tool Last Longer

    Toolmaking is one of the most critical and expensive items on the manufacturing to-do list. And because your tool is the basis of your part or product, every decision you make about how your tool is made is, by default, a decision about the quality of your product.

    Anything that significant is worth understanding in detail, but how much do you...

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    June 28, 2018

    What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

    Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with...

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    April 19, 2018

    Why Use a Contract Manufacturer with Design Services Capability?

    You have a product design or prototype, or maybe you have a product that’s already being produced in need of a redesign. Before you can even think about the manufacturing particulars — where it will be made, who will make it, what manufacturing process will be used, material, price, distribution — you have to get the design nailed down.

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    January 30, 2018

    Making a Better Product: Value Engineering or Product Redesign? 

    No matter the complexity, manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of making things, and sometimes they end up with a better product as a result. That process is called value engineering. And yes, it's possible to make a better product through value engineering, especially if you ask a lot of the right questions.

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    December 05, 2017

    DFM Rules of Thumb for Accurate Plastic Injected Parts

    Accuracy demands attention and making accurate parts, consistently, requires close attention to design for manufacturablility (DFM). The goal of the DFM process is to reduce manufacturing costs without reducing performance, and that means every detail of your product or part is on the table. Yes, we harp a lot on DFM, but it’s a critical part...

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