More than 70% cost in design is allocated right at the design stage. Also the cost to extract defects i.e. issues like manufacturability are expensive to correct later during product development cycle.
- Designs need to be validated with each iteration to ensure they meet standards/best practices/guidelines.
- In addition to producibility requirements, organizations want to ensure reduced cost for the product. Design engineers need to go through multiple iterations to understand the cost impact
- Designers should be provided with adequate tools to make decisions and trades-offs about product cost
- Key elements which influence this decision are cost drivers which should be aided by software and reviews.