Using Teardown Analysis as a Vehicle to Teach Electronic Systems Manufacturing Cost Modelling
Abstract:Product teardowns are used in an electronic systems cost modelling course at the University of Maryland. As part of a semester-long project, each student in the course chooses a product and determines its manufacturing cost using a combination of top-down cost analysis (to determine what the product must cost) and a detailed bottom-up model (that students calibrate using the top-down analysis). Products considered by students range from complex systems such as mobile phones to relatively simple systems such as memory sticks and McDonald's Happy Meal® toys. Using product teardowns and reverse engineering ideas has proved to be an effective vehicle for educating students on practical manufacturing cost modelling of systems and complements typical engineering economics analysis.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2009
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