MCEN 5045: Design for Manufacturability (DFM) provides an overview of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) techniques, which are used to minimize product cost through design and process imrpovements. DFM is open to all Mechanical Engineering students. Students will work on two major projects during the semester. The first will be a reverse engineering project where students will choose an existing product and determine how it was produced and investigate why certain manufacturing processes were selected based on different DFMA metrics.

The second project will be to apply DFMA techniques to a novel product. If DFM is taken as part of the Graduate Design Track, students will use this second project to further develop their design concepts from APD. At the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of how products are made and the economics involved in the manufacturing processes.