Design for manufacturing in the USA

Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when preparing for manufacturing in the USA.

The Coronavirus crisis has been very eye opening to the impact it has created on our economy. This pandemic has also raised some supply chain issues and the absolute inability to be able to safely manufacture equipment needed to protect our workers. This is why manufacturing in the USA is more important now than ever before.

Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for manufacturing in the USA.

  1. Try to create a dual purpose part in order to keep mold cost down
    • One example can be If you have a mold of an arm, you can keep both arms symmetrical and use the same mold for both sides. You can double efficiency and lower costs significantly allowing you to spend money on more of where you want to spend it.
  2. Be patient but politely persistent
    • When you finally are ready for manufacturing and begin to reach out to different companies, it is important to stay positive and to push forward. You are in the home stretch and accomplishing your success will be due to your hard work.
  3. Have a 3D model and technical specifications, ready to talk with a manufacturer or fabrication shop
    • When you come in to talk with manufacturers prepared, the process will run much smoother. It is important to keep in mind that when dealing with manufacturers they have many quotes they are dealing with from a number of different people so it is important to be proactive. To learn more about 3D modeling, Click here.
  4. Keep in mind that manufacturing in the USA is more expensive
    • When manufacturing in the USA you should expect to pay anywhere around 30 percent or more versus overseas mainly due to manufacturing labor. However, there are many advantages to manufacturing in the USA such as reduce costs for deliveries, shorter lead times, and keep a higher standard of safety and quality control.
  5. KISS (Keep it simple, stupid)
    • Always try and factor in what is practical versus impractical. Your first idea might have been to add a certain texture to your product but it might be cheaper and even cleaner looking to keep it smooth.
  • In times like these, it’s important to make sure you are prepared for any situation that arises.

If you or somebody you know is tying to contact a manufacturer for a design, contact Lime Design for our help. Click Here now to contact one of our product development specialists today.


Written by Rodrigo Lima and John Medina. Lime Design 2020



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