What is design for manufacture?
Design for Manufacture (DFM) is a process that reduces waste and increases production efficiency. It involves extensive planning in the design phase to ensure a product is created in the most efficient way possible.
During the DFM process our engineers consult with our clients to identify and resolve design problems. By refining the manufacturing process during the design phase, we can save costly product revisions downstream.
Why Design for Manufacture?
A well-designed product will achieve its purpose with the least amount of waste possible. We completely consider the parts, assembly and functionality of a product ahead of time. Any stress concentrations and raw material choices are also reviewed ahead of time through finite element analysis.
With a dedicated manufacturing cell and in-house design team, we use the DFM process to bridge the gap between concept, design and manufacture.
3 key principles in the Romar DFM process
There are three simple principles that lie at the core of the DFM process.
Using these principles, Romar can:
- shorten product development lifecycles
- optimise product design through CAD software
- maintain structural & functional integrity via stress testing
- reduce material, overhead and labour costs
- ensure the product’s original concept is maintained
PRINCIPLE 1 - REDUCE COST
We minimise the overall cost of product manufacture through shrewd engineering. Costs are reduced by:
- minimising part counts
- determining the most efficient raw materials
- standardising parts and materials
- circumventing manufacturing problems in the design phase
PRINCIPLE 2 - REMOVE COMPLEXITY
Simplification is a cornerstone of good engineering. The Romar DFM process removes complexity by:
- creating modular assemblies
- designing efficient joining & fastening
- considering secondary processes (finishing, plating), dimensional requirements and packaging
- streamlining the entire product development cycle under one roof
PRINCIPLE 3 - MANUFACTURE CONSISTENTLY
Exhaustive planning in the design phase means we can maintain your product’s integrity during manufacture. We use our intimate understanding of the manufacturing process to achieve consistency by:
- minimising part reorientation during assembly and machining
- simplifying and/or reducing manufacturing operations
- specifying acceptable surface finishes for functionality
- maintaining the integrity and quality of your product
Working with us
Romar’s DFM process brings your product to full viability before reaching the production line. By addressing logistical and mechanical problems before they arise, we help you reduce manufacturing risk and cost.
If you’re ready to collaborate with a team of experts who believe in your vision, contact Romar today.