Gain quick insight into the tremendous cost impact of even simple changes to part dimensions. DFM Concurrent Costing provides a fast, accurate way to review evolving designs for cost efficiency by quickly simulating the use of alternate materials and comparing various shape-forming processes.
Shorten product development cycles by working collaboratively on cost decisions. Because DFM Concurrent Costing is so easy to use, designers and manufacturing engineers can work closely with personnel from marketing, finance and purchasing to analyze alternative materials and process options.
Redesign existing products for better quality and manufacturability while still adhering to manufacturing cost requirements. DFM Concurrent Costing effectively aids redesign by offering quick testing of alternate materials and processes.
Evaluate vendor quotes by comparing the information the software provides on such items as total cost, cycle time, machine size and die cost. DFM Concurrent Costing gives even nonspecialists a foundation for meaningful discussions with vendors.
Compare your designs with competitors’ products to determine market feasibility and to target costs. Because of its accuracy in predicting costs, DFM Concurrent Costing adds advantage to companies seeking to enter competitive industries.
DFM complements Design for Assembly (DFA). Engineers use DFA software to reduce the assembly cost of a product by consolidating parts into elegant and multifunctional designs. DFM software then allows the design engineer quickly to judge the cost of producing the new design and to compare it with the cost of producing the original assembly. Used together, DFM and DFA software give engineers an early cost profile of product designs, providing a basis for planning and decision making. Such analysis, when performed at the earliest stages of concept design, has the potential to greatly influence manufacturing and other life cycle costs before they are locked in.