Design engineers, especially new engineering graduates, are always ready to come up with innovative and cool new products and ingenious systems. Yet, design for manufacturability (DFM) comes to dominate their creative process; their designs need to meet very specific terms for manufacturing. This can include everything from working with approved parts, to where a hole can and cannot be placed, to what types of materials can be used, to who needs to sign off on the design before it moves forward.
“Manufacturing is becoming more of a bottleneck, as manufacturing engineers are being asked to build more complex shapes and at the same time reduce the costs and speed up the process,” Paul Sagar, VP of PTC Creo Product Management, told Design News. “To help reduce this time and cost, companies are asking their designers to take into account the manufacturing process.” This is no small job for design engineers with little knowledge of manufacturing. “This is a difficult task for most designers, as they are not familiar with many of the manufacturing processes, principles, and intricacies,” said Sagar. Read more
[Ed. PTC Creo provides tools that help designers evaluate the manufacturability of a design. It also helps manufacturing engineers leverage design data to optimize and validate machining sequences, as described in the video below.]