product_design_and_dev_0.jpg“The economic success of manufacturing firms depends on their ability to identify the needs of customers and to quickly create products that meet these needs and can be produced at low cost.”

– Karl T. Ulrich and Stephen D. Eppinger,
Product Design and Development, 2004

A great book! Should be required reading for all product engineers.

My thought is that functional dimensioning supports Karl’s quote because it protects the customer needs and provides the largest possible tolerance for manufacturing.