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How to Develop Your Next Orthopedic Product with Smart Design

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019

Did you know that approximately 75% of the cost of a medical device product is in the actual design (materials and geometry) and only 25% of the cost is in the process (and, maybe, geographically where the product is made)? The industry is becoming increasingly more aware of this, which is why Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a term that you may have seen trending in our market. DFM means incorporating an understanding of the manufacturing processes into the design of a product, which can reduce costs and increase time to market. To take it a step further, including inspection methods into the design phase (Design for Inspection, or DFI) can also dramatically reduce costs. In an industry with increased pricing pressures, leveraging design to reduce costs and time to market is smart, so incorporating DFM and DFI is smart design.


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