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Product Design by Paul Rodgers, Alex Milton

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Manufacturing processes

After the creation and signing off of the elease drawings (see p.109), the tooling required to manufacture and design is built and long lead-time components are ordered. It is very common that the tooling required is outsourced to specialist toolmakers. The tooling is subjected to extensive testing and modifications to iron out any glitches and ensure that the tools can effectively produce components and parts that meet the intended aesthetic, functional requirements, quality, volume, and dimensional accuracy. It is at this stage that beta prototypes are produced using parts that represent the actual intended manufacturing processes and components. After extensive user, reliability, and performance field-testing, where ...

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