The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) has produced a white paper explaining how collaborative engineering can help manufacturers design parts that have a lower overall cost, while improving quality and production efficiency.

“Effective use of the process offers the potential for saving anywhere from 30% to 55% in the cost of a given part,” said NADCA president Daniel Twarog in a statement.

“Collaborative engineering provides die casters with a point of competitive differentiation and can often keep business from being sent offshore, since the cost reductions available from more effective designs offset the price advantages of offshore competitors.”

Tooling changes, engineering changes and process/materials changes often provide the starting point for embarking on a cooperative engineering project. There are a number of interrelated elements that affect the saving that can be achieved through the process.  However, the two greatest opportunities for savings typically occur from engineering changes that reduce the amount of material in a casting or reduce the amount of machining and other post-casting processing.

The white paper explains the elements needed to effectively utilise cooperative engineering and includes a case history to show how various design decisions can affect the product, quality and pricing for a given part.