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DISCUS DFM Software Saves Time and Costs in 3D

DISCUS Design allows for producibility analysis and design for affordability to be tackled at a much earlier stage in the product development process:  when the manufacturing engineer is helping to complete the detailed specs and design of the part.

The DFM software actually can help with the definition of the Technical Data Package (TDP) by assisting with the definition of the applicable specs and annotations that will be included on the design.

Many CAD tools, even those that lead the industry, fall short, but DISCUS Design software can fill the gap and help the design team deal with the primary considerations they will face with part manufacturing.

The Outline of the Process

First, DISCUS is started by opening the native 3D CAD model.  Next, DISCUS Design begins to review the model and its associated PMI and add the balloons to the model and the rows in the Bill of Characteristics.  Next, the appropriate part family and likely list of manufacturing processes to consider for fabricating the part is selected.  Now, DISCUS software allows the operator to begin to evaluate the part design.  This takes place by applying the associated part’s features and characteristics and comparing them with the likely manufacturing processes.  Then, based on the available integrated manufacturing knowledgebase, the software evaluates the part.  The DFM software creates a list of pertinent design constraints, recommended annotations/PMI for the part, and more.  Finally, when the analysis of the model is complete, the design data can be exported for review.

The DISCUS approach to DFM allows for vital design details to be added consistently and correctly.  This provides the ability to manufacture the new part correctly the very first time.  DISCUS Design is a powerful tool that can save cost and time in 3D, improving engineering quality and productivity.

There are several benefits to DFM software.  By validating features and characteristics against available DFM criteria, the software ensures that part is producible and at the lowest cost.  Secondly, the software identifies the manufacturing processes characteristic requirements.  This reduces labor costs, because it can automatically generate key inputs for routings and work instructions.  A final benefit is that through intelligent reuse of data and rules, instead of abandoning past data, the time used to wade through rules and other non-applicable requirements is greatly reduced.