There are many considerations when preparing product design, DFM and prototyping for China.
China has extensive production capacities. However, we have found that engineering and design should be done elsewhere.
Product design and prototyping for China
Chinese engineers do not have the expertise of European or American engineers. Western engineers will be more attuned to how products can be made compliant in their own country. Most products have to go through some product tests to be certified in America or Europe. There are not many engineers outside your country who are experts in these processes.
Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
Factories in China also don’t offer Design for Manufacturability (DFM) reports. DFMs are an assessment of how easy it is to manufacture a product, with recommendations to improve the design to make it easier to manufacture.
Some engineers quote “manufacturers to determine the material” or the like on material labels for new designs. It is better if you let the technician specify the material than the factory estimate. Even if the factory understands what the part is to be used for, it doesn’t know how it affects other components of the part or how it affects product compliance. We therefore recommended that you do all design work locally. Prototypes can continue to be manufactured in China at effective costs.
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Here at Global Trade Specialists, we use these tips and techniques to help our customers get the most out of their sourcing efforts. From the new product design and prototyping to the import of your existing products from China. We are here to support you in the entire product procurement process.
In some of our other blog posts, you can find more tips and information about sourcing from China.