Top 5 Design Engineering Blogs of 2022

Mark Rushton

The year is concluding. We hope you found our design engineering blogs informative and were able to apply some of our best practices to your business. In 2023, we are as committed as ever to providing the information and tools you need to optimize your product designs for greater manufacturability, sustainability, and profitability.

In the meantime, revisit our top 5 design engineering blogs of 2022. If you initially missed them, we encourage you to read a few. They are chockful of examples that underscore your key role in product development and how you can further enhance your value by ensuring manufacturability, lowering the carbon footprint, keeping costs in line, and accelerating time to market. By applying just a few key takeaways, your organization will be positioned to make 2023 the best year yet.

6 Metrics for Sustainable Product Design: A McKinsey article revealed that up to four-fifths of a product’s lifetime emissions are determined at the design stage. Further analysis found that although 5% or less of a product’s total cost is attributed to research & development (R&D), it has a profound impact on the product resource footprint of up to 80%. Sustainable product design along with manufacturing insights offers an efficient method to measure, reduce, and report on a product’s carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint. Determine how a product design impacts costs and the carbon footprint. Consider factors beyond the actual product’s function, ensuring a more sustainable design including the product’s end-of-life.

3 Essentials for Design for Sustainability: Eighty percent of a product’s cost is determined in the design phase. What’s more, it just so happens that 80% of the environmental impacts of a product are also determined in the design phase. How can design engineers improve their product design’s sustainability cost-effectively? Gain an understanding of what design for sustainability (DFS) entails. See how it can benefit manufacturers. Receive guidance on three DFS essentials along with implementation best practices.

Reduce Redesigns with Early Cost and Manufacturability Feedback: Product design is the seminal step in forecasting manufacturability and profitability success. If there are product design issues, it can set production back significantly as well as impact the bottom line. Manufacturability feedback can ensure that the traditional design obstacles and bottlenecks (i.e.-supply chains, materials, and costs) are mitigated. Learn how manufacturing insights can reduce Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) with early cost and manufacturability feedback. Explore features and benefits that underscore why product manufacturability is crucial and how it improves productivity, product value, time to market, and profitability.

4 Steps for Reducing Manufacturing Risk for Design Engineers: Leverage manufacturing simulation software in tandem with your expertise to reduce – even eliminate – supply chain disruptions, inflation, skills gaps, material shortages, and more. Through manufacturing insights such as aPriori’s, you can shore up labor deficits, onboard and train faster, streamline operations, work around supply chain issues, reduce costs as well as CO2 emissions, and boost agility and competitiveness through new product development.

Reducing Delays through Design for Manufacturing Guidance: Time is money. Today’s manufacturers need to get products to market faster than ever. However, myriad obstacles such as the supply chain and labor and material shortages impede progress and product launches. The need to redesign late in the development cycle due to costs and other issues further slows the time to market. Design is the seminal point at which many of these issues can be mitigated. Find out how manufacturing insights at the design stage can reduce delays and result in a better, more cost-effective product.

Start 2023 off on the right foot. Read these blogs. Apply several, or all, of the best design practices above. Combined with the right manufacturing insights, your designs will ensure profitability and productivity, a greater value proposition, a lower carbon footprint, and a more competitive position in the marketplace.

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