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DFM, Starts with Design and Ends with Manufacturing

Max Clark

Max Clark

Posted Aug 13, 2011

In the world of a PCB designer where component placement, complex fan outs and copper routing is completed at an ever increasing rate, it is easy to forget that effective DFM starts in Design and ends with Manufacturing, just like the three letter acronym implies.All too often manufacturing related issues impede the completion of the bare board fabrication process or hinder the next step in the assembly process that should have been located at the designer desktop.Eventually one finds, no matter how hard one might try, it is impossible to manufacture in good design practices.

This blog will discuss various topics regarding effective DFM practices.What are the possible strategies in implementing DFM solutions within various organizational structures?When should DFM be performed, throughout the layout process or at the end?What are the critical types of fabrication and assembly analysis are available prior to manufacturing?What are possible improvements in the product realization process are in use today?Why does it seem there is never time to do it right the first time, but there is always time to do it again?And much more . . .

Please add my blog to your bookmark list and I hope you find the upcoming material useful and thought provoking.I am very interested in your comments on my blog and welcome learning from your personal experience.

And remember, as the late great Henry Longfellow once said “It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.”

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About Max Clark

Max Clark

Max Clark is the Valor NPI and VPL Product Marketing Manager for Mentor Graphics in Irvine, California. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management. Mr. Clark has 24 years of experience in the PCB industry, where he has held various positions including application engineer, software developer, application engineering manager, project manager and VP of Customer Service. Prior to joining Mentor in 2010, Mr. Clark completed 17 years with Valor Computerized Systems where he played a crucial role in the success of various DFM related products. He has also published a number of articles and White Papers.

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