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"Outsourcing is not the first step in lowering product costs," Dewhurst continued. "Considering the competitive nature of the global economy, and the many hidden risks associated with outsourcing ventures, U.S. companies should scour product designs for efficiency before resorting to offshore production. We hope this study encourages the U.S. manufacturing industry to take another look at design cost analysis."

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., founded in 1981, is the developer of software for Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA). Engineers use DFMA software to design products for ease of assembly and to quantify the cost of producing new designs.

The conclusion reached by this study shouldn't be too surprising to any organization that designs and manufactures products, but is too often overlooked in the wake of increased competition and market demands. Too few companies take full advantage of a product design and fail to adequately exploit it to the degree they could (and should). This study kind of goes hand in hand with the gradual, but definite, movement to comprehensive product customization through mechanisms such as design to order, manufacture to order, etc. Is the whole China issue overblown? Like most any issue that negatively impacts business, to a certain extent, yes. However, we're starting to see some North American
companies form alliances with Chinese companies where it makes sense, and the truth of the matter is that it does not make sense to outsource everything to China. Product design and manufacturing will continue to become more of a global endeavor, but nothing will ever replace a good, sound design that can be reworked as market demands dictate.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.

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