LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY: Click to expand and pick your coupon codes below.

Get 50% off on 1-Year Minitab license for any training option

Use the coupon code MTB50 to receive 50% discount when you sign-up for any of our training programs and choose the 1-year Minitab license option, wherever applicable.

Get 1-Year Minitab license at no extra cost when purchasing GB & BB together

Use the coupon code WEBMTBSW to receive a 1-year license of Minitab at no extra cost when you sign-up for Green Belt AND Black Belt virtual instructor-led training with 1-year Minitab license option.

Get $500 off on Virtual Instructor-led training when purchasing GB & BB together

Use the coupon code WEBMTB500 to receive $500 discount when you sign-up for Green Belt & Black Belt virtual instructor-led training with 1-year Minitab license option.

Sign up today!

DFM: The High Cost of Manufacturing Can Be Solved

design for manufacturing dfm

When designing a new product, you might get caught up in the excitement of the possibilities of the success of the product, so much so that using the Six Sigma template for Design for Manufacturing (DFM) might not have caught your eye.

Yet, it should be the very first place you go before you start this journey. There are many inventors and entrepreneurs on sites such as Indiegogo who had their great ideas go south due to lack of diligence. Maybe if they had used the methodologies of DFM, they could have had a better result.

So in the spirit of helping others, we thought that a review of some basic rules of DFM is necessary.

Learn More About Our Lean Six Sigma Programs

The Rules for Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

  • Make sure your product uses components. Components can easily be taken apart for inspection, or to assemble. If you happen to have an “after-thought” the components make it easy to redesign.
  • Use standardized components if possible, do not custom make the components, as it is expensive to replace. Standardized components are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive compared to the custom-made alternative.
  • Less is more. Keep the number of parts to your product down to a minimum; this will keep the manufacturing costs down and the process easier.
  • If the parts can be multi-functional, this too will keep costs down.
  • Use high-quality parts that include compliance built-in so as not to cause damage to the part or equipment.
  • Multi-use makes it easier to make several different products with different uses when they share the same components.
  • Keep assembly directions going in one direction if it is possible. Take it from the top, the easiest direction to assemble is from above.

Keep it simple when designing a product, from the directions to its use. Your customers will thank you for it.

For more information on our Lean Six Sigma courses and services, please visit offers both Live Virtual classes as well as Online Self-Paced training. Most option includes access to the same great Master Black Belt instructors that teach our World Class in-person sessions. Sign-up today!

Virtual Classroom Training Programs Self-Paced Online Training Programs