This article presents an overview of an engineering design process. Though the process is extremely complex, distinct stages of design activities are identified and described. The article illustrates guided iteration methodology that helps in problem solving in design. It describes the engineering conceptual design and configuration design of special-purpose parts. It discusses the parametric design methods of the parts and best practices that are used by successful firms to achieve the goals of quality, cost, time-to-market, and marketing flexibility.
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.