The Design for Manufacturing ProcessJuly 2022
In such a competitive market, it’s always important that you know you’re getting the best quality for the most effective price. Minimising price tags can be done from the material used all the way to design tweaks and machining alterations.
At Oracle Precision, we dedicate our efforts to helping you produce the components you need by the most efficient and cost-effective means possible.
How are designs created?
In manufacturing, there is a process called Design for Manufacturing in which parts or components are designed to help make a functional product at a lower cost with reduced chances of error.
The Design for Manufacturing process involves:
Component design is best done at the earliest possible time in the project to avoid incurring any additional costs or running into issues.
The first step is figuring out the manufacturing process that will be used to create the component. Being sure to use the right process helps to lower costs and ensure the part will be successful later down the line.
It is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of each capability and find the best-suited machining process.
This involves the actual drawing of the component, making sure it adheres to the correct principles. Adding the correct measurements and ensuring that what is designed will be strong enough for its purpose. A specially trained manufacturing designer should design components, as they have the correct expertise needed.
During the design for manufacturing process, there comes a point where the type of material used needs to be chosen. During this decision, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each material as well as the purpose of the component and the attributes you need from it.
Does it need a significant amount of strength? Think about its thermal resistance, colour etc.
At this stage of the design process, you need to think of the environmental conditions that the component will be exposed to. A part built to work underwater will not be the same as one built to be in really hot environments.
You must consider what the part needs to function under the conditions it will persistently be in.
The final stage of the design for manufacturing process is compliance or testing. Ensuring that manufactured parts comply with safety and quality standards, industry-specific standards and our internal ones.
Here at Oracle Precision, we are ISO 9001:2015, AS9100 and ISO 13485 certified.
Sometimes, we can find ways to alter current manufactured parts to make them more cost-effective & better. This could include:
- Changes to the design
- Material change
- Manufacture changes
Our talented team of engineers can advise on changes that could deliver a more effective design.
We are committed to helping our clients every step of the way to getting the best quality components at an effective price. We offer project management capabilities that can take control of your manufacturing and ensure everything is running smoothly.
Get in touch with our team today for more information.