1 May 2018
The process of developing a new plastic product starts with the right design. Before we ask our toolmaker to produce a new mould, Rompa always executes a DFM process during which we evaluate the manufacturability of the customer’s product design.
What is DFM?
DFM is short for “design for manufacturing.” During the DFM process, we evaluate the manufacturability of the product design. Rompa always does this in close collaboration with both the customer and the toolmaker responsible for producing the mould. The goal of DFM is to create a design together that meets the demands and wishes of the customer and can actually be realised with an efficient process. Based on this design, we draw up the specifications for the mould.
As an injection moulding company, it is our responsibility to make sure that the plastic product comes out of the mould in the desired manner and that the customer receives the quantities it wants when it wants them. Using the right mould design is therefore essential. The mould design depends on both the product design and the material being used. The mould’s lifecycle partially depends on the product design, which is why Rompa handles the DFM process with such care. On average, a DFM process takes two weeks, although it can take as long as three or even four weeks for more complex products.