When designing a part for laser or waterjet cutting minimize “Pierces”. A pierce is where the cutting beam/jet must drill through the material. Each pieces take the same amount of time as cutting a several cm of length. In addition piercing material can damage the surface finish or affect the mechanical properties.

When designing a part for high volume manufacturing add “machining locators”. These are added to castings/forging/extrusions or can be added to parts machined from billet in the first operation.  Through the machining processes they are used to “hold on” to the part. The can be cut off if needed in a final operation.

To prevent “bridging” when routing wires harness on internal bends include an “S” bend.  The “S” bend will allow the harness to route on an internal corner with no “bridging”. In addition the “S” bend will allow for variations in harness length without causing “bridging” or other unintended interference