Principles of Design for Manufacturing

  • Sammy G. Shina


The principles of design for manufacturing and design for electronic assembly are not new; childhood toys such as Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, and Lego are good examples of design for manufacturing as they have the same objectives:
  • Minimum parts types

  • Standard components

  • Parts fit/snap together

  • No fasteners

  • No assembly tools required

  • Reduced assembly time and operator skills

This chapter explores some of the principles and origins of design for manufacture (DFM) and will give examples of DFM guidelines. The axiomatic theory of design is used to highlight this methodology. These design guidelines were based on common lessons learned while developing electronic products. Many similar checklists are being used in major electronic companies as a repository for the collective wisdom of their successful design engineers.


Electronic Product Design Guideline Quality Function Deployment Final Assembly Standard Part 
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References and Suggested Reading

  1. Andreasen, M. and Hein, L. Integrated Product Development. Kempston: IFS Publications Ltd., 1989.Google Scholar
  2. Andreasen, M., Kahler, S. and Lund, T. Design for Assembly. Kempston: IFS Publications Ltd., 1983.Google Scholar
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Copyright information

© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sammy G. Shina
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LowellUSA

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