The Emergence of DFX
The development of the DFX strategies
arose from the need to understand what is important after the design stage.
Since design typically will set 70% of the cost of a product, it is very
important to make sure designs are m ade with the correct objective in
Design For (X)
By focusing design efforts in these areas, final product outcome can more
easily be understood.
Design for Assembly (DFA)
When designing for assembly, the main assumption focuses on designing a
product for ease of assembly. All the parts must be designed so that they
can be assembled easily to save time and money. Much of this work has been
done by academia and industry. The following list provides links to the
some other sites.
Design for Disassembly (DFD)
This DFX strategy is a combination of a subcomponent of DFE and also its
own objective. By designing products for easier disassembly, maintenance
can be don quicker and cheaper. Also, when the product life use is complete,
the product can be taken apa rt easier for recycling. Many places are looking
at this area.