Q: What is DFX technology?
A: DFX, as it is popularly known, stands for “Design for X” where X can represent a variable such as Manufacturability, Assembly, Serviceability, Reliability, Quality and so on. DFx technology, as developed by Geometric, is a revolutionary technology framework for designers that facilitates upstream validation for DFx. Leveraging years of manufacturing expertise, it is engineered to help advice the designer on common problems faced downstream in the product lifecycle.

Q: What is DFMPro?
A: DFMPro is a CAD integrated solution developed using Geometric’s DFx technology to carry out DFx review of product design. DFMPro enables faster, less costly and more optimized product development, as well as automation of the DFx review process. DFMPro provides a sophisticated environment for designers to custom-configure the pre-built design rules and hence the knowledge. Providing simple, accurate and robust design analysis based on DFx related rules, DFMPro ultimately leads to better products by giving designers the confidence and capabilities to build superior models. Designers are free to innovate with the assurance that they won’t pass costly mistakes downstream.

Q: What are the key benefits of DFMPro?
A: A typical organization follows and maintains its own set of design review checklists based on their best manufacturing practices. Conducting a manual design review against the checklist is a cumbersome task which often leads to errors. DFMPro automates the design review process. It provides the following key benefits:

  • Allows early prediction and prevention of DFx issues
  • Assists evolution of optimal design and product quality
  • Facilitates concurrent design of product and process
  • Decreases lead-time by reducing backtracking and design iterations

Q: Which are the industries that are using DFMPro?
A: Currently, DFMPro is being used by manufacturing companies in Industrial equipments, contract manufacturers, Automotive, Aerospace, Medical devices, Consumer durables & electronics and semiconductor equipment manufacturers. DFMPro can be used by any company in the discrete manufacturing sector to improve product designs, reduce rework and manufacturing cost.

Q: What are the platforms required?
A: DFMPro works with Windows® 7. DFMPro is available as an add-on in Creo Parametric & Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks and NX. It is also available as a standalone version named as ‘Geometric DFX’ which supports file formats from all leading CAD platforms including CATIA, Solid Edge and Inventor.

Q: Which CAD platforms are supported by DFMPro?
A: DFMPro is available as add-in on SolidWorks, NX and Creo (Pro/ENGINEER). It is also available as a standalone version named as ‘Geometric DFX’ which supports file formats from all leading CAD platforms including CATIA, Solid Edge and Inventor.

Q: How is DFMPro licensed?
A: Please Contact Us for more details.

Q: What are the specific rules supported by DFMPro?
A: DFMPro supports rules related to following manufacturing processes:

  • Milling
  • Mill-Turn
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Injection Molding
  • Casting
  • Assembly
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Generic Rules (Rules related to part attributes like material)

Q: Can I choose the specific rules which are applicable to my practice?
A: Yes. The rules in DFMPro may vary from user-to-user based on their set of practice. In this situation, you can configure DFMPro to run only selected checks by selecting and enabling only those relevant rules in DFMPro Rules Manager application.

Q: When I run DFMPro, can I be 100% assured of an error-free design?
A: The tool may under-report or over-report in exceptional cases not covered by existing algorithms. In addition, DFMPro may not always be able to analyze complete geometry of the part. But it informs the user about its coverage of the model geometry. If there is any part of the geometry which DFMPro is unable to analyze, it informs the user by highlighting that geometry in graphical interface so that manual review can be done. Please refer to limitations section of the help files to know existing limitations in more details.

Q: While running DFMPro, what should I do when errors that are reported as not genuine errors?
A: Some errors are context specific. i.e. in a certain context, violation of some rules may not be considered as an error. DFMPro gives the user the option to override such instances of violation by ignoring them. It may also be a good practice to check if parameters that are configured for such rules are correct, or need any modification of rules as they may need to be reviewed frequently.

Q: A considerable amount of time is taken when DFMPro runs on complex parts. Is there any way to improve the response time?
A: DFMPro needs to do an in-depth analysis of the geometry to detect various rules violation and this process can be quite time consuming for complex parts. The users can try to reduce the time by running rules selectively by changing configuration through DFMPro Rule Manager instead of running all the rules all the time.


 

Q: What is “DFMPro Customization”?

A: In addition to the existing capabilities of DFMPro, DFMPro Customization provides the necessary interface which enables its customization to capture the organization’s DFM practices.

As an off-the-shelf product, DFMPro aims to assist organizations in locking down the best practices in Design for Manufacturability, which are commonly followed across the industry.. However, it is quite common for businesses to pursue a solution that engages their established best practices based on their own proprietary experience and history.

DFMPro Customization provides the necessary framework and a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that enable the user to program their proprietary rules to run seamlessly and integrate with the organization’s workflow.


Q: How can a user benefit from “DFMPro Customization”?
A: With DFMPro Customization a user can

  • Program and integrate proprietary or organization specific rules.Integrate other stand-alone analysis engines that the organization may have, with DFMPro Custom.Integrate with the organization’s own databases or PDM system.
    • While programming the rules he or she can leverage powerful manufacturability analysis engine (using the patented Feature Recognition technology from Geometric) which is an integral part of DFMPro.
  • Integrate with the organization’s workflow.

Q: Can Geometric help us with customization?
A: Yes, we at Geometric will be happy to help you create a custom solution proprietary for your organization.
Our experts can assist you in:

  • Locking your best practices into programmable rules.
  • Programming the rules and integrate with DFMPro Customization.
  • Writing connectors wherever necessary to integrate DFMPro Customization with your organization’s workflow.