Generation and Enforcement of Process-Driven Manufacturability Constraints: A Survey of Methods and Perspectives for Product Design

Albert E. Patterson, Yong Hoon Lee, James T. Allison

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Abstract

Design-for-manufacturing (DFM) concepts have traditionally focused on design simplification; this is highly effective for relatively simple, mass-produced products, but tends to be too restrictive for more complex designs. Effort in recent decades has focused on creating methods for generating and imposing specific, process-derived technical manufacturability constraints for some common problems. This paper presents an overview of the problem and its design implications, a discussion of the nature of the manufacturability constraints, and a survey of the existing approaches and methods for generating/enforcing the minimally restrictive manufacturability constraints within several design domains. Five major design perspectives or viewpoints were included in the survey, including the system design (top-down), product/component design (bottom-up), the manufacturing process-dominant case (product/component design under a specific process), the part-redesign perspective, and sustainability perspective. Manufacturability constraints within four design levels or scales were explored as well, ranging from macro-scale to sub-micro-scale design. Very little previous work was found in many areas, revealing several gaps in the literature. What is clearly needed is a more general, design-method-independent approach to collecting and enforcing manufacturability constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110801
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume143
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Constraint mapping
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Mechanical design
  • Problem formulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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