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Feature Based Cost Analysis by mloew
Posted: 13 Nov 05

Technology has improved to the point where it is possible to conduct cost analysis using CAD geometry. These Feature Based Cost Analysis programs should enable design engineers and product designers to have more insight and control over the component costs during the design phase. Here are some commercially available tools that I am aware of:

aPriori (www.apriori.com)
Akoya (www.akoyainc.com). Software Gets a Grip on Costs article from 3 Nov 2005 issue of Machine Design.
i-advisor from Imaginestics (www.imaginestics.com) Trim Manufacturing Costs During Product Design article from 1 May 2005 issue of Cadalyst magazine.

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NOTE: This FAQ is also in the Cost analysis & engineering economics Forum (forum278).

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