Dystil Racing intended to make 3D printed race parts for motorcycles

Industrial designer Miles Keller was 'redesigning a part one day, printing it overnight and having it on a motorcycle the next day'.

'Manufacturers want to work more closely with their customers'

'At the concept stage you can make changes,' PLM Central director Niketh Shetty said in a panel with Onshape and Cadonix at the DFM Summit in London. 'As the product matures, the more you delay the changes, the more it costs in the end product.'

'We involve potential manufacturers in optimizing the design'

Orlach Design works for startups as well as bigger clients like LG and Panasonic. 'Clients will price down every component,' says Dejan Orlac. 'Within that space you need to find a design, an identity and a process where you can choose something special.'

'First thing you need to do is start talking to manufacturers'

Product developers Thomas Keen, Stacey Mendez, Tristram Keech and Steve May-Russell discussed collaboration with manufacturers early in the design phase on the opening panel at DFM Summit #22 in London.

'We fix designers' problems'

Chris Pett (Makersco) talked about connecting designers to manufacturing last month at a small DFM Summit in London. 'More commonly someone will come in with an unfortunately extremely highly realized design that is not practically manufacturable.'

'It is a constant in our culture to drive for more efficiency'

Creation Technologies' VAVE Project Manager Diana Ferrari talked about Creation's value engineering and lean six sigma programs at DFM Summit #18 in Toronto. 'What is important is not just getting everybody in the supply chain involved as early as possible, but be really aligned in what the goals are that are gonna make us all successful.'

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