Design for manufacturability (also known as design for manufacturing or simply by the abbreviation DFM) is an engineering concept that places heavy emphasis on the ease and efficiency of end-product manufacture as part of the core design process. One of the primary reasons to integrate DFM theory into a product’s initial design is because it can greatly impact its ultimate cost to manufacture.
How does design for manufacturing impact costs?
There are several ways. One is that it is much, much less expensive to look for and address potential issues during the design phase than it is later down the line. For example, a problem that isn’t found until the item is in the integration or assembly phase is incredibly costly to fix as you might imagine. It’s a waste of time and a waste of materials. Design for manufacturability takes into consideration a wide range of factors in a systematic way so the vast majority of the time it keeps these unhappy “surprises” from occurring at all. From the type of raw material required to specific dimensional tolerances needed for fabrication to eventual finishing and assembly needs, DFM takes a holistic view of product design from the very beginning of the process.
The Impact of a Vertically-Integrated Metal Fabrication Shop on DFM
EVS Metal considers the use of design for manufacturability concepts essential. Its use allows us to offer our customers the best possible pricing on both individual parts and fully-assembled products. It keeps us competitive and builds trust with our customers because they know we analyze every step in the manufacturing process to find cost-saving efficiencies. This, in turn, keeps them coming back to us for their future metal fabrication and manufacturing needs.
EVS Metal is an American precision sheet metal fabricator headquartered in Riverdale, NJ. We utilize the latest technology to cut, bend, weld and finish stand-alone items as well as parts for integration or assembly into more complex products. Our four ISO 9001:2015-certified locations comprise over 250,000 square feet of vertically-integrated manufacturing space and feature the most modern equipment available, from welding robots and laser cutting solutions to automated powder coating lines.
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