29 October 2007
Geometric Releases DFM Pro for Manufacturability Analysis of Designs
Geometric Limited announced DFM Pro. DFM Pro implements a set of critical DFM rules to check designs from a manufacturing perspective. DFM Pro is available for SolidWorks 2007 and 2008.
DFM Pro is a "Design For Manufacturing" product developed for designers to facilitate upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas in design that are difficult, expensive, and impossible to manufacture. DFM Pro is engineered for quick and in-depth examination of product manufacturability. It includes advanced design rules for manufacturing processes like milling, drilling, turning and sheet-metal fabrication. It also contains rules to process manufacturing tolerances specified using SolidWorks® Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFTT).
DFM Pro enables faster, cost-effective and optimized product development, as well as greater in depth examination of product manufacturability than was possible earlier using the most intensive iterative design processes. Tightly integrated with SolidWorks as an add-in, DFM Pro allows designers to perform complete design checks and analysis for manufacturability directly from within SolidWorks sessions.
"DFM Pro provides a sophisticated environment for designers to custom configure the default design rules for manufacturing processes," said Mike Coleman, CEO of Geometric's Desktop Products & Technologies Business Unit. "Providing simple, accurate and robust design analysis based on manufacturability rules, DFM Pro ultimately leads to better products by giving designers the confidence and capabilities to build superior models. Designers are free to innovate, secure in the knowledge that they won't pass potentially costly mistakes down to manufacturing."
Benefits of DFM Pro:
Allows early prediction and prevention of production problems or manufacturing inefficiencies
Assists the evolution of optimal design and product quality
Facilitates automation of manufacturability review process
Decreases lead-time by reducing backtracking and design iterations
Provides scalable framework for manufacturability knowledge capture and reuse
DFM Pro can be customized by licensing DFM Enterprise. Customization of DFM Pro assists companies in automating in-house DFM guidelines and locking integrating followed best practices into their overall standard operating procedure to enable fully optimized workflows and optimal cost-effective product design processes. Customization can include :
Programming new rules using existing analysis engines provided by DFM Pro or integrating other proprietary analysis engines
Connecting with existing database or Product Data Management systems (PDM) in the organization to get required parameter information for existing or new rules
Creating a custom user interface and configuration parameters for the rules
DFM Pro is an advanced version of DFMXpress, a free tool shipped with every seat of SolidWorks 2008.
For detailed product information, visit http://dfm.geometricglobal.com/
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