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This article discusses the conceptual and configuration design of special-purpose parts that are designed and manufactured especially for use in a particular application. It provides a discussion on the issues considered in designing of parts, including, functionality; the relationship of the part to the whole assembly or subassembly; material and process selection; configuration; and tolerances. The article discusses the qualitative physical reasoning and qualitative reasoning that assist in developing part configuration alternatives.

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John R. Dixon, Conceptual and Configuration Design of Parts, Materials Selection and Design, Vol 20, ASM Handbook, Edited By George E. Dieter, ASM International, 1997, p 33–38,

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