Design for manufacturability and assembly (DFM/DFA) is the classic method of creating good product designs which reduce part count, simplify manufacturing techniques, and standardize parts and materials with the ultimate goal of developing a quality product at the lowest cost while saving time. The primary advantage of the design for assembly (DFA) methodology is that it ensures a good design early in the design process before much effort and cost has been expended in pursuing an ineffective design.
This course is recommended for anyone involved in product design, manufacturing engineering, and manufacturing management. This includes design engineers, product engineers, manufacturing engineers, process engineers, quality engineers, mechanical engineers and others who are involved in design for assembly.
- Initiate the DFA process
- Apply DFA principles in the development of new products by performing actual case studies
- Recognize, at an early stage in design, which type of assembly method is likely to be adopted based on the method yielding the lowest costs
- Minimize operations that do not add value, such as assembly adjustments and reorientations
- Activate an effective tool which will have an immediate impact on the new product development process
- Identify, select and apply the best opportunities for redesign to capture quality, cost and schedule improvements on a given design
- What is DFA and DFM/DFA?
- Examples of DFA Applications
- Part Geometry and Its Effect on Assembly
- DFA Principles
- Using "Design for Assembly: A Designer's Handbook," by Boothroyd and Dewhurst
- Using Design Models, Drawing or Cartooning to Start the DFA Methodology on Case Studies
- Perform DFA Analysis on Design
- Review Output Analysis
- Perform Redesign
- Perform "What If's" on Results
- Prioritize Opportunities
- Share Results
- How to Start the DFA Process