When it comes to the manufacturing business, DFM (Design for Manufacturing) can mean the difference between manageable costs (even low costs) and costs that far exceed a budget. Because design has such an enormous effect on the cost of manufacturing, it’s absolutely imperative to identify potential problems of a product, part or assembly in the design phase, which is the least expensive phase in which to fix a problem.
There are three issues that DFM will help to prevent:
Product designs that are simple to assemble but that require complex and expensive components
Designs that have simple components but a complex manufacturing process
Designs that are simple and inexpensive to get rolling but are complex and/or expensive to service and support
Now let’s take a look at how DFM is applied to the plastics industry.
DFM and Injection Molding