Simulation for Manufacturing
Every designer needs simulation
The reason is straightforward: Making an engineering change early in the design process is hundreds to millions of times less expensive than finding it later. In fact, research from a recent report produced by the Aberdeen Group indicates that the cost of an engineering change:
Found late in design stage can be several hundred times more expensive to process than making the change early in product development.
- During Manufacturing ramp-up the change can be 1,000 to 20,000 times more expensive given commitments already made to capital equipment, factory layout and investments in parts that need to be changed
- Product recalls can be 100,000 to more than 1 million times more expensive than changes early in product development. The economic cost is compounded by damage to the brand
The best solution is to optimize your design process upfront, so that you not only avoid problems in prototyping and production, but actually optimize your design to get the very best cycle time, reduce scrap, and optimize the efficiency of your manufacturing operation overall.