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What is Design-2-Part Magazine?

We help OEMs find solutions to tough manufacturing problems.

Design-2-Part (D2P) magazine publishes articles of interest to outsourcing decision-makers, who are the customers and potential customers of North American job shops. Readers of the publication include manufacturing engineers, manufacturing managers, and purchasing managers employed by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and makers of finished products. They are interested in finding job shops—or contract manufacturers—that can provide solutions to tough manufacturing problems.

By publicizing the accomplishments and manufacturing capabilities of North America's finest job shops, Design-2-Part makes it easy for OEMs and product manufacturers to find the sources they need to build higher-quality products. As the demand for outsourced manufacturing services has intensified, Design-2-Part magazine and the annual Outsourcing Buyer's Guide have become valuable resources for more than 100,000 readers per quarter.

A regional magazine, D2P is circulated to one region per month and two regions—West and East—per quarter. Its circulation base was established primarily from the attendance of active outsourcers at the highly successful regional tradeshows operated by the magazine's affiliate, Design-2-Part.

Readers of Design-2-Part are actively involved in procurement of virtually any part or service required to bring a product to market. They are particularly interested in finding companies that can provide a specialty or custom manufacturing service with respect to the forming, shaping, fabricating, or finishing of a manufactured part. These specialty parts, which are essential to the production of a finished product, consist of materials such as metals, plastics, composites, and rubber.

Job shops are also known as manufacturing service providers, contract manufacturers, outsource manufacturers, or manufacturers of specialty and custom parts, as opposed to finished products or equipment. Their services can help OEMs efficiently manufacture higher-quality products, often at less cost, and bring their products to market more quickly.

Common job shop operations include metal and plastic injection molding, extrusion, die casting, investment casting, forging, and stamping; the various machining methods, such as CNC, laser, and electrical discharge machining (EDM); and fabrication processes such as welding and fastening. They also include value-added finishing operations such as plating, coating, and anodizing.

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