Design For Fabrication Review
If you’re like most design engineers, you will be very confident about the choices you’ve made with respect to Form, Fit, Function of your designed part. However, there comes a point in time where Design Engineers need to open up and let fabricators to “do their thing”. Having a part that can easily be made as well as one that takes advantages of efficiencies in the build process, saves purchasing leads literally tens of the thousands of dollars as they roll out production. Introducing FMS’ DFF Reviews (Frontier Metal Stamping’s Design For Fabrication) where experienced precision metal stamping engineers, die designers, die makers, and operators gather around the table with your Design Team to discuss the myriad of details involved to build a metal part in high volume. Typically small inconsequential changes in the design are aggregated to enhance the build process, save money, and produce a high quality part using a precision metal stamping process. Efficiencies arise in areas the can save tooling complexity, cost, and time as well as savings in piece part cost by being efficient with material, station sequencing, and throughput. The final product is an extremely efficient process that produces parts with minimal cost. By adding as much part forming as possible into the tooling, labor is minimized. FMS labor is typically spread across many jobs running in the factory which helps keep the cost down for customers.
DFM (Design for Manufacturing) is an over-arching methodology that starts with the Proposed Design; Manufacturing Costs are estimated; Reductions in: component costs, assembly costs, and supporting production costs are calculated. Then the impact of DFM factors are considered. Manufacturing costs are recomputed and the process is iterated until an Acceptable Design emerges. DFF (Design for Fabrication) is just one of the ways to reduce both tooling costs and purchased components of the manufacturing system. Frontier Metal Stamping’s DFF review operates very nicely within the overall DFM context.