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 mind.

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.