The phrase "design for manufacturing" gets tossed about rather freely, but what does it mean? Isn't all "design" intended "for manufacturing"?
When we talk about design for manufacturing (DFM), we're talking about a very specific process within the product development process. Design for manufacturing has an end goal — to make your product with the best materials, in the easiest way, at the lowest price possible. Here's a nice visual to explain the goals, methods and key areas that are examined during the DFM process:
To learn more about DFM and product development, check out these past blog posts: