Manufacturing Design, or Design for Manufacturing (DFM), is the method of design to ease the manufacturing of the assorted parts that will form the product for assembly. Manufacturing Design, or DFM, is primarily concerned with savings by reducing overall part production cost, and the complexity of the manufacturing operations.
The goal of Manufacturing Design is to design or engineer a product to easily manufacture it at the lowest possible cost. This process needs to include all of the processes from raw material selection and inspections, finishing, plating, dimensional requirements, and even packaging.
airisX has a Manufacturing Facility in Shenzhen, China, and Contract Manufacturing that covers everything from Manufacturing Design, Prototype, Shipping and Warehouse, Branding and Marketing, Fulfillment, Sales, and Support.
Manufacturing Design always boils down to 2 major questions. What needs to be added? and what needs to be removed? These questions are vital to ensure that the manufacturing cost of the product will be kept in to minimum without jeopardizing the quality.
Manufacturing Design aims to:
- Reduce overhead, material, and labor cost
- Shorten product development cycle
- Focus on standards to reduce cost
Importance of Manufacturing Design
Manufacturing Design is vital for any business that manufactures their products for a number of reasons. Businesses that invest in Design Manufacturing save more money. Basically, the less parts you have, the more affordable your product will be, even though some parts are more complex than if you have more parts. The additional cost to manufacture those parts is less than the time to assemble those parts. Manufacturing Design also determines if the part is really necessary for your product, or is it more economical to alter it to another product that will give the same value for lower cost. The key principles in Manufacturing Design are as follows:
- Minimize parts
- Standardized parts and material
- Keep it simple
- Minimize flexible components
- Avoid required adjustments or changes
Advantages of Design for Manufacturing
- By minimizing the materials needed, avoiding possible adjustments, and decreasing the labor needed, Design for Manufacturing can dramatically lower the cost manufacturing.
- By decreasing the number of wear parts, it also decreases the the chances of failure and support needs.
- Having standardized parts, keeping your design simple, and minimizing the parts needed your product assembly will require shorter assembly time.
- Having a shorter assembly time means an added opportunity for you to focus on your other projects. Which means, the shorter the time you put on one project, the higher the revenue you will receive for your company.
Quality and Sustainability
- Design for Manufacturing allows you to have a highly automated approach that will enhance the quality and efficiency of each stage.
Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a vital process for your products. Ignoring Design for Manufacturability can cost serious consequences in the long run. Once you get your product through prototypes, up to 80% of the budget allocated for your product is already committed. If you ignore Design for Manufacturing, once there are setbacks, it will be very expensive to turn back and change the design for your product.
airisX is a company that has extensive knowledge on how Manufacturing works. From designing your products (to the lowest possible costs), to managing it’s performance out in the market, airisX has got you covered.