The Void Between Design and Manufacturing

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The Void Between Design and Manufacturing I found the situation presented in the Leslie article particularly interesting. I remember hearing on several occasions of a slight rift between the design and production processes and engineers, but I had never really though about how profound an impact that rift could have on a design with as much potential as GM’s copper-cooled engine. While the four years I spent on my high school’s robotics team is not exactly what people would call “real world” experience, I thought I had a decent understanding of the challenges an engineer might face. A scenario only vaguely similar to this had arisen only once, but only because of an excessively strict deadline. Then again, we were dealing with what
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Unformatted text preview: were essentially prototypes; not with products meant to be mass produced and sold. I have to say though, I was somewhat surprised that the manufacturing divisions of Chevrolet and Oakland were willing to give themselves a bad reputation on quality just because they werent happy about where the designs they were building were coming from. As Dr. Downy said, there is (was) definitely something of a wall between the development and manufacturing stages and engineers during this project. The fact that Kettering insisted on keeping Delco in Dayton certainly didnt help the situation....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 2054 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '06 term at Virginia Tech.

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