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What is Design for Manufacture?

Design for Manufacture (DFM) starts with designing a product that:

  • most readily conforms with existing manufacturing technologies
  • produces the least amount of in-process scrap
  • requires the least amount of in-process quality checks
  • lends itself readily to finished goods statistical sampling for quality assurance

ALine DFM expertise is exhibited in their proprietary “Phased Development Program”.

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Right-Sizing Design for Manufacture

Complexity = High Cost of Quality = High Cost of Goods

While every design must fulfill functional requirements, getting there at the price-point needed to go to market requires an intimate knowledge of the manufacturing processes you will use.

ALine’s proprietary “Phased Development Program” creates the best device design suited to the manufacturing process, minimizes the requirement for exotic, high cost processes and complex assemblies.

Phase 1: Proof of Concept

This phase’s goal is to achieve a functioning alpha prototype. The biggest drivers of the program are speed and quality. The result of this phase is a “product-like” device that produces good quality data.

Phase 2: Proof of Principle

Proof of Principle is a system integration effort. Results from the Phase 1 serve as the design inputs for the Proof of Principle product; ultimately achieving a soft design lock with manufacture in volumes of 10k to 100k units as the system achieves robust performance.

Phase 3: Clinical Trial and Scale

DFM for the scaled product occurs as results from clinicals verify product performance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m still working through my idea and don’t have a design or development team yet. How would DFM help me?

DFM considerations will help you ideate product concepts that can be manufactured with standard processes. Your volume manufacturing partner will be happy to share do’s and don’ts in designs.

I’m part way through the design or development process and things aren’t working out. Will DFM help me at this point?

While getting to a functional prototype is the highest priority, doing so with designs that can be transferred to manufacture without a complete overhaul is also valuable. It’s worth having your approaches evaluated as your work toward a functional prototype product.

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Well, we’ll send you this ebook. After that, if you choose to stay on our list, we’ll send you periodic industry updates. If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can opt-out at any time. And, of course, we’ll never sell your information.

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