A definition for Design for Manufacturability is the art in engineering design to be able to design a product that can be manufactured easily. This is nothing but an environment in which the designer and engineer are aware of manufacturing processes and constraints in making the product that they catch flaws in the design at a very early stage which leads to much lower development costs and time-to-market.
Strict adherence to the guidelines of DFM help the designer reduce the cost and difficulty of manufacturing a component or products. These guidelines, while basic are key in producing a high quality product. The guidelines are listed below:
- Reduce the total number of parts
- Develop a modular design
- Use of standard components
- Design parts to be multi-functional
- Design parts for multi-use
- Design for ease of fabrication
- Avoid separate fasteners
- Minimize assembly directions
- Maximize compliance
- Minimize handling Reference
However when the whole set of guidelines are practiced rigorously the likelihood of a design failing drops significantly and it builds best practices in the product development process.
DEP helps product development companies by using these best practices in executing projects and consulting assignments.