What does an effective design process look like? (shoots flare in the air)


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Yeah, I know - small question, big topic.

I'll begin by listing our weaknesses - small outfit, recently emerged from the sea of tribal practices and evolved rudimentary ISO 9001 auditable practices at the "we can make fire and stone tools" level.

The folks just downstream of the mechanical design crew are finding what they consider to be an unacceptable level of "it won't fit" types of issues.

Nobody in engineering uses the full capability of Solidworks to ring alarms when features don't feature correctly - that statement sums up my knowledge of the software.

Design review is ... perfunctory. What should an entry level version of this process look like?

If there are veterans out there who can still remember their roots, and have experience doing good deeds at one step up from the mom & pop level, I would treasure your inputs.

Thanks as always for the good work all of you do here and elsewhere. :agree1:


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Try Toyota's GD3, DRBFM and DRBTR.

GD3 = Good Design, Good Discussion, Good Dissection
DRBFM = Design Review based on Failure Modes
DRBTR = Design Review based on Test Results

See post #2 on this thread for more information.
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