Best practice methods are used globally to both reduce cost and improve performance of products. These methods review the design for performance and the manufacturing plan for optimization early in the product development cycle. Through these iterative reviews, the design is analyzed for critical performance criteria and optimal manufacturing facilities utilization. Part performance issues which are highlighted early in the development schedule are effectively addressed, ensuring the application meets its cost targets. In this manner, both the quality and the cost of the manufactured product meets its development targets. The best practice methods for instrument panels will be presented.