Boothroyd Dewhurst, developer of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) software, has released the 2019 version of DFMA.
DFMA software allows engineers to evaluate, estimate and reduce manufacturing costs of a medical device in the design phase. DFMA analyzes parts and assemblies to reduce part count, control cost and improve quality, performance and manufacturing efficiencies. With DFMA, engineering and manufacturing teams are “better able to assess part-assembly strategies, learn new design skills, benchmark existing and competitor products, add focus and structure to design reviews, integrate design and manufacturing and support system-wide decision making,” according to Boothroyd Dewhurst.
Orthopaedic companies that utilize DFMA include Stryker and Medtronic.
DFMA software also utilizes a question-and-answer interface that identifies opportunities for substantial cost reduction in a product. By applying industry-tested minimum part count criteria, the software finds parts that can be consolidated/eliminated while maintaining 100% functionality, according to the company.
Highlights of this latest version include:
- New CAD calculators allow users to utilize more cost driver information directly from a 3D model.
- New graphical windows, charts and reports for engineering and top management that make comparisons between legacy designs and new concepts simpler to analyze. Parts and assemblies can all be compared for time and labor, along with costs for manufacturing piece parts, manufacturing tools, assembly tools, assembly processes and all material aspects of product development.
Source: Boothroyd Dewhurst