Abstract

In this paper we establish the Design For Producibility Design Development Methodology for stamped products which integrates both the design and manufacture of the stamped product. The general concept of considering manufacturing techniques at the initial design stages, often termed Design For Manufacturability, is certainly not novel. However, the proper implementation of this concept is not so widely understood. Our proposed method permits the product designer to control both part functionality and subsequent manufacturing costs through an iterative re-design process. The key step in this method is the mapping scheme from the final part design to the manufacturing domains, namely the die sections, the punching tools, and the basics of the strip layout. We also describe the implementation of the design methodology in a knowledge-based computer environment, called the Producibility Evaluation Package (P.E.P.).

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