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Designing for one to one-million: how production quantities influence design (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Leo B. Baldwin

Paper Abstract

One of the most significant factors in product design is the production quantity. Along with unit price, it determines what is possible and what is prudent in allocating resources to the engineering, to the tooling, and to the material costs. From the extreme of producing one or two units to the other extreme of producing over a million units, these trade-offs are discussed in the context of optical and photonic systems. These trade-offs are illustrated using examples of products produced for the capital equipment and consumer electronics markets covering the gamut of production quantities with particular attention given to optical components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2017
Proc. SPIE 10376, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XX, 1037602 (25 September 2017);
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Leo B. Baldwin,, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10376:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XX
Arthur J. Davis; Cornelius F. Hahlweg; Joseph R. Mulley, Editor(s)

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