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originally posted by: dfnj2015
The Germans are the best engineers in the world:
originally posted by: EvillerBob
The Americans are great at being production engineers. The same machine will have 10 components and 4 screws - all 4 of which are identical and available off the shelf from most suppliers. Their machine may not perform as superbly as the Germans' machine, but it will perform well enough across a wide range of conditions and can be easily mass-produced at reasonable cost. The machine can be repaired with a coat hanger and a piece of string.