Optimized Design for Functionality and Sustainability
Design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) is a first, and critically important, step in the plastic injection molding process. In fact, research has shown that 80 percent of the cost of a new product hinges on design and manufacturers are ranking design consultation as a top factor in reducing overall manufacturing costs. Making sure the right design decisions are made early in the product development process can have a substantial impact on the total product cost.
The sharp line that was once drawn between development and production is now blurred with product manufacturers leaning on injection molding design experts to become involved in the process much earlier than ever before.
Designing a plastic part for manufacturability involves important factors that touch on areas of part design, tooling, material selection and production. When plastic part designers take a collaborative approach to involve mold makers early in the design process, many benefits can be realized.
The result of working with a plastic injection molder early in the part design process includes efficiencies in a number of areas: