Why is Design for Manufacture important?
Design for Manufacture (DFM) is a method of designing products to make them easier, more efficient and cost-effective to produce.
It is generally acknowledged that design decisions can impact approximately 70% of the manufacturing cost of a product, from the cost of materials chosen, to how it is produced and assembled. This is why it’s important to take the time to ensure the design for manufacturability of a product has been carefully evaluated.
DFM is a process that takes place during the early stages of a product’s production cycle, to ensure the entire manufacturing process is as efficient as possible and potential issues are solved ahead of time, reducing any unexpected delays or costs during production.
DFM is particularly significant in plastics engineering because of the need to understand and predict how different plastic materials will behave during the manufacturing process. Part design, mould design and the selection of plastic material, will affect the ease, speed and quality of a product’s manufacture.
Though the DFM process can mean a slower start to a project, it makes the entire process more efficient and reduces the need for any re-work and repetitive trials.
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