Design and fabrication is an approach with emphasizes on the importance of designing a product such that it meets the need and can be manufactured easily. It deals with dimensional tolerance to the number of components in a finished part so that companies can manufacture more parts faster and at a lower cost.
Simple products with fewer elements are more reliable and easy to assemble and they are also subject to less inventory control issues. Design and fabrication also includes the use of standard components whenever possible since it eliminates a lot of potential issues. Re-use of parts which have been designed and fabricated across product lines also ensures lower manufacturing cost.
Design and fabrication goes hand in hand which means that use of shapes which are easy to mould and avoiding the need for surface finishes that require additional work are given importance. One must also focus on limiting the number of machine operations required. Capitalize on smart and innovative designs with state of the art design and fabrication will reduce chances of error.
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