Design For Manufacturing

DFM Essential To Custom Plastics Thermoforming

Design for Manufacturing, or DFM, is a key concept in Lean Manufacturing. DFM refers to the involvement of the part manufacturer, at the beginning of the design/development stage of thermoforming plastics. We employ the concept of DFM to ensure that the part and its unique features can be manufactured robustly. Hence, we are more easily able to make the part without errors during the manufacturing process. Additionally, our involvement is crucial in helping to avoid draw-ratio issues (excessive thinning), or trim tolerance issues that cannot be consistently adhered to. Importantly, the early involvement stage is where we can include suggestions for cost reductions. Consequently, ATI considers Design For Manufacturing  to be the first step in creating a successful product.

Design For Manufacturing Thermoforming

Tolerances Contribute to Driving Costs

Machining costs are a good example of the importance of DFM – “Design For Manufacturing”. Our machining costs are significantly driven by the geometric tolerances required for your part. Thus, the tighter the tolerance required, the higher our costs will be. Therefore, our goal is to help engineer components in creative ways, thus allowing for lower tolerances, resulting in lower costs. We encourage our customers to specify the widest tolerance that will adequately serve the necessary function of the part. To sum it up, in the design for manufacturing process, we address factors that might affect the manufacturability of your part. Especially relevant are things such as the type and form of material, dimensional tolerances, as well as secondary processes. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver a better product than you expect, at the best possible cost.

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(Note – requirements not applicable:  8.3 Design and development of products and services )