(Figure 6.3 in firsts of second editions of DFM book)




                (Section 3.8 in second edition of DFM book)

This is the only course that will show product development teams how to design products to sell at half the selling price. Specifically, the course will show how to achieve the following cost reductions to 1/N of the previous state, followed by links to “how to” articles.

1/2 the project development budget, in 1/2 the time : See the white pape
r:, which includes vendor/partnerships:

1/2 the concept/architecture cost with simplified concept breakthroughs, which is important because the concept/architecture determines 60% of product cost, as shown, with two generic examples, in the next article link. Customized workshops will explore specific design project opportunities: 

1/2 the assembly, labor, and processing costs. See DFM article:

1/2 of the quality costs. See the Design in Quality article:  and increase savings to::
1/3 of the quality cost doing Design in Quality AND Avoiding Cost reduction after Design: 

1/3 of the Indirect labor costs (fire-fighting, change orders); See comparison timelines at:
1/10 of material overhead for standard parts based on surveys of Procurement managers:
        See opening page of Chapter 5: “Standardization” in the definitive book on Design for Manufacturability

1/10 of raw materials inventory cost using:
        Spontaneous Supply Chains,” Chapter 7, in the 512 page BTO book which starts with a 60 page Summary

1/10 of work-in-process (WIP) inventory* Cost, which can cost more than profits! See:
    “Design for Lean and Build-to-Order:” Chapter 4 in the author's DFM book, now translated into Chinese

1/10 of finished goods inventory* Cost using Build-to-Order: See:  or
        Build-to-Order & Mass Customization, the most thorough book written on Build-to-Order



1/2 the project development budget

1/2 the concept/architecture cost 

1/2 the assembly, labor, and processing costs

1/2 of the quality costs

1/3 of the quality cost AND Avoiding Cost cutting

1/3 of the Indirect labor costs
1/10 of material overhead for standard parts 

1/10 of raw materials inventory cost 

1/10 of work-in-process (WIP) inventory* Cost

1/10 of finished goods inventory* Cost 


If your company or clients have high overhead charges, don't let these excessive overhead charges burden your  design project.  Instead, spin it off as a "profit-and-Loss " center (see book section  .4.1.4 to get  "Skunk-Works" protection from excessive overhead charges without needing a separate facility.

 A Case Study in Appendix A.1.3 A cites a  30% price Advantage  for an  industrial equipment because their product was the only product built in ait in a "focused factory" and their more expensive  copetitor still build everything they ever built!


This page presents a compelling case for a quick financial return from momdist investment providing nothing counter-productive gets in the way.  If so, find out how to identify and overcome whatever is  Conter-Productive page.


The very first step may be to start with a few hours of  thought-leader  consulting 
to help formulate strategies and implementation  

In customized seminars and webinars, these principles are presented in the context of your company amongst designers, implementers, and managers, who can start the process of designing half-cost products.

In customized workshops, brainstorming sessions apply these methodologies to your products.


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Pleased notify me of any future public seminars or webinars on Design for Manufacturability or* BTO &  Mass Customization**

       * To preview the principles on DFM & Concurrent Engineering, read the definitive book on the subject
      ** To preview the principles of BTO & Mass Customization, read the 510 page book with a 60 page Exec Summary





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