The design process is driven by a number of requirements and constraints. In developing countries, designers are faced with extra constraints; such as the availability of components in the local market. The availability is not limited to procurement of part from local markets. It is extended to having parts within an acceptable quality. Developing world markets are flooded with a spectrum of varying quality products at different price ranges. Hence, it becomes the designer’s duty to identify the proper components that meets the functional requirements of the system. This paper covers the system/product development process; which is an extensive process, taking into account the reality of the local developing world markets. The paper starts by reviewing the literature on the design for X, and then shows how the design for availability and cost should be incorporated in the design process.

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