DFMPro - Design For Manufacturability and Assembly Solution
DFMPro is a CAD integrated Design for Manufacturability & Assembly (DFM/A) solution which allows the designer to check his designs for producibility. DFMPro assists design engineers in identifying features of a design which are difficult, expensive and impossible to manufacture, at the design stage itself. This helps in avoiding downstream issues which impact cost, quality and time to market. DFMPro covers various commonly used manufacturing processes like machining (milling, turning, drilling), injection molding, casting, sheet metal fabrication and assembly.
Today design engineers spend around 30% or higher on rework due to an iterative product development process which impacts costs and time to market. Organizations typically have manual design review processes which include filling checklists, referring handbooks, one to one discussions etc. which differ from department to department. Most of these manual checks are time consuming and error prone. DFMPro tackles this problem by automating the review process within the CAD environment itself, so that the designer can take corrective action without multiple rounds of design iterations.
DFMPro provides pre-configured as well as custom design guidelines and global best practices in the industry in the form of rules. The rules are derived from design handbooks and guidelines from industry associations. The rules take into account various Design for 'X' (DFX) issues which typically occur later in product lifecycle such as serviceability, assembly etc. The existing set of rules can be easily customized as per the organization specific standard.
By using DFMPro, organizations have achieved increased productivity, savings in cost, improved quality and better collaboration. Discrete manufacturing industries such as Automotive, High-tech, White goods, Medical devices, Industrial equipment, Contract manufacturing have seen significant benefits by deploying DFMPro. DFMPro cuts down the rework in new product development process and thus prevents delays in product launches. DFMPro helps new design engineers get up to speed by providing on the job training through its contextual help available when a DFM guideline violation is made. DFMPro also acts like a knowledge capture tool by providing a powerful framework for organizations to add their own best practices and gather the knowledge residing within the organization.Read more on how customers have benefited from DFMPro.
DFMPro is well integrated within CAD platforms like Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E), SolidWorks, NX and supports other leading CAD platforms.
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We have recently launched the standalone version of DFMPro named as ‘Geometric DFX’. It is powered by the DFMPro framework and is compatible with all leading CAD formats including CATIA, Inventor and Solid Edge.
Jabil presentation at PTC Live Global 2013
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Motorola Presentation at PlanetPTC
Customer Success Stories
|Here are a few companies that have experienced the success of using DFMPro.|
|Jabil Circuits de Mexico “We have used DFMPro from Geometric and have found that it is an easy to use tool, which have helped us to develop analysis not only for assemblies on most of the products we've manufactured within Jabil but also to perform and validate that sheet metals or molded parts can be cleaned up in order to receive reliable parts from vendors. Some of this analaysis has helped us to identify critical issues during the design stage and also has helped us to design feasible tools for the assembly process.We are very satisfied with the results obtained with this tool that some of our customers have positioned Jabil for first place compared to other CMs”
Global DFA ENGINEER
Jabil Circuits de Mexico
|Motorola Solutions Inc. “Geometric Limited has quick, test-driven analysis tools – DFMPro and GeomCaliper. They are indeed simply integrated, intuitive and seamless in Creo ( Pro/Engineer).The results of tool aid us in improving our design and reducing issues in downstream”
ENGR MECHANICAL STF PRNCPL
Motorola Solutions Inc.
|Whirlpool Corporation “We have many plastic and sheet metal components in our products. DFMPro helps our designers quickly identify the issues which are otherwise dificult to capture at the design stage. These issues include things like mold wall thickness and undercuts in plastic parts, incorrect bends in sheet metal parts which cause problems downstream. This tool helps our design teams understand the processes involved in manufacturing. In other words, helps them understand how to Design for Manufacturing. This leads to a significant reduction in design iterations due to issues with manufacturability and a reduction in design checking time. Our aim is to get designs right the first time and this tool helps us achieve this goal.”
SK Pradeep Kumar
Director – E&T CapabilitiesGeorge Angelov
Director – Global Prototyping & Planning
Global Technology and Engineering Centre Whirpool
|Toshiba Corporation “Now 3D design data of our products are checked by the DFMPro in the design process. Our conventional checking process by designers was highly time-consuming. In contrast, the DFMPro checking is truly fast and reliable in searching the parts to be redesigned or corrected, and the checking criteria ca be customized for the appropriate checking of our own products. As a result, we successfully reduced 75% of the checking time of the wall thickness to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our design improvement before the release of drawings.”
Design & Development Center Design Dept. 9 Group 3
Toshiba Corporation, Digital Products & Services Company
|Rockwell Automation “Injection molding parts are typically complex and difficult to check manually. Compared to earlier manual methods of checking parts for draft angles, wall thickness and undercuts; DFMPro quickly and accurately identifies such regions. It serves the direct purpose of identifying manufacturability problems right at the design stage and helps reduce design iterations.It is an easy to use tool which significantly helped us to reduce our part checking time by almost 60% while ensuring robust quality of design.”
Senior Tool Designer
|L&T MPS “The various components in our products are typically manufactured through injection molding process. Earlier, we were using a manual process for DFM reviews which involved using checklists and knowledge from experienced engineers. The process required a lot of time from experienced engineers and still was error prone. Also, the designer had difficulties in checking the design for issues related to draft angle, wall thickness etc. due to limitations of the CAD software itself.With DFMPro, our designers are able to detect & correct 80-85% of the issues that they couldn’t detect earlier in the CAD software. Due to this, we are able to see a significant improvement of quality levels in the design process. DFMPro has helped us automate the DFM review and making the process a lot convenient. DFMPro has noe been implemented as part of our standard design process.”Kamalakar Muralidhar,Asst. Manager – DesignL&T MPS|
|Sulzer India Limited “Using DFMPro, we were able to reduce our time for checking the product design from the manufacturing feasibility point of view by approximately 90% w.r.t. manual checking. The net reduction in total time for checking of product design by using DFMPro software is approximately 15%.”
Manager, Engineering Dept.
Sulzer India Limited
|DFMPro Automation helps a market leader in the field of process engineering experience significant reduction in review time. Read More>>|
- Design for Manufacturing with Solid Edge & DFX: (Featured in Siemens PLM software blog by Mark Burhop, September 2013)
- DFMPro Puts Manufacturing Experience in a Box: (Featured in CADInsider blog by Roopinder Tara, June 2013)
- Sheet Metal Fabrication: It starts from Design (Featured in Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, 40-41, May-Jun 2010 online publication)
As recession fades away, companies are too cautious about how to move forward and a great deal of effort is spent in strategizing the future course. To cope up with the global competition, developing expertise on lowering product cost and quality manufacturing is going to be essential. Designs need to contain only essential functional features and care needs to be taken to make the designs manufacturable using cheaper manufacturing processes, and with less scrap and rejections. This will not only make the designs cost effective but also greener, along with getting them to market faster.
- DFMPro advances integration of design for manufacturing (Featured in: SAE International online publication)
Delivering designs fast that cost the minimum while meeting targets for function, quality, and durability is what sets apart the expert engineer. The discipline of design for manufacturing (DFM) intends to aid engineers in doing just that.
- Benefits of Using the Right Measurement Tool (Featured in Moldmaking Technology online publication)
Thickness analysis software is a CAD tool that facilitates the measurement and validation of wall thickness of 3-D CAD models. It accelerates the design review process for manufacturability, enabling designs to move to prototyping and production stages much faster.
- Design for Manufacturability reviews brings rewards (Featured in Tooling & Production online publication)
Automated DFM validation will not only improve the quality of designs and reduce issues in manufacturing for organizations; it will also result in big savings in terms of manufacturing costs and shorter design and manufacturing cycles.
- Geometric Ltd. adds intelligence to manufacturability (Featured in Desktop Engineering online publication)
- DFMPro Offers a Streamlined Process
Knowledge-capture tools from Geometric enable SolidWorks designers to perform complete design checks and analysis in one session.
- MCAD Online – Geometric DFM review
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|August 20, 2013 Geometric launches a standalone DFX validation solutionJune 4, 2013 Geometric introduces advanced milling and drilling checks in DFMPro|
|July 12, 2012Geometric launches DFMPro® for NX to improve design review efficiency|
|May 31, 2012DFMPro for PTC Creo Doubles Design Validation Productivity|
|September 20, 2011Geometric adds tolerance and material based checks to DFMPro.|
|May 17, 2011Geometric to showcase DFMPro 3.0 at PlanetPTC Live 2011.|
|May 4, 2011Geometric releases DFMPro version 3.0 for Creo Elements/Pro ®.|
|November 25, 2010Geometric appoints Digitek as DFMPro authorized reseller.|
|August 12, 2010Geometric releases DFMPro version 2.2 for Pro/ENGINEER®|
|May 27, 2010DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER demonstration at PTC World 2010|
|February 04, 2010Geometric’s DFMPro recognized as a top innovation at Innovations 2010|
|January 28, 2010Geometric Releases version 2.1 of DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER® and SolidWorks®|
|March 12, 2009Geometric Releases DFMPro version 2|