146: Transparency in the Design For Manufacturing Process

146: Transparency in the Design For Manufacturing Process

October 19, 2022

With Michael Corr, Co-Founder and CEO of Duro PLM

146: Transparency in the Design For Manufacturing Process
146: Transparency in the Design For Manufacturing Process

Michael Corr is the Co-Founder of Duro PLM, a product lifecycle management tool for centralizing the entire communication process of development to production. They have thousands of users improving their design for manufacturing process. Today Michael is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can understand what Design For Manufacturing is, what is required to fill the gap between product development and your first production run, and how to communicate effectively with all manufacturing stakeholders, especially on a first production run.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • What is DFM Design for Manufacturing
  • How do you efficiently and effectively manufacture
  • Hand-based manufacturing vs automatic manufacturing in PCB / electronics parts
  • Design both for functionality AND for manufacturing
  • Think about manufacturing at the early phases of development
  • Increase the amount of DFM work as you get closer to production
  • The further along the manufacturing process, the more it will cost to fix the problem.
  • Each product has its own nuances and unique elements that should be ironed out
  • Manufacturers have your best interest in mind, but they don’t know the product nearly as well as you do.
  • Incorporate your manufacturers into your processes, especially as you get closer to manufacturing.
  • Make sure that communication channels are into your manufacturing process.
  • Be sure you have transparency and trust in the failures that are occurring in manufacturing.
  • This can be done in a social contract, or a technical contract.
  • Communication for DFM should be in real time, and also fully disclosed.


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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

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