…says Dr. David M. Anderson, author of several books on Product design and design for manufacturability. The design team actually triggers the value chain that will bring the first part to reality and there is nothing you can do to stop it once a decision to create a new part has been made.
Dr. Anderson also says “Part proliferation happens out of ignorance, due to lack of guidance, proper design policies and supply chain knowledge.” Although we tend to agree with him, we would like to build on what he says and add “…and due to lack of appropriate tools to assist the design team in locating existing part for reuse”.
That last statement true until we released 3DPartFinder, our shape-based search engine. 3DPartFinder can assist designers in their daily design task to locate available existing parts. They can then reuse them or inspire their new design from existing ones.
Over the years, the CAD Software Editors have improved their products and make it easier for the design team to create new parts.
Although anyone can understand the benefits of part reuse, it is common to hear designers say “It takes more time to try to find if a part exist than it takes to design a new one”, or in a similar fashion, “We have to deliver this product at the end of the month what is the priority? Try to find existing parts or meet the delivery?.
Up until recently there was really no one to be blamed. There was no cost efficent solution to do both: meet the deadline and reuse.
3DPartFinder come and solve this issue. When you provide your design team with 3DPartFinder you empower them to make better decision for the entire company. Let’s see.
The Part Standardization Management Committee has elaborated a methodology to estimate your average cost for creating a new part. We have created an Excel file to assist you in this task.
Average cost/part X quantity of reused parts = Potential savings!