“DFMA” is one of those terms you’ll hear used among the modular construction industry. So, what does this acronym mean and how does it relate to your commercial construction project?
DFMA stands for Design for Manufacture and Assembly. It’s a methodology focused on reducing speed-to-market and project costs by designing specifically for the ease of manufacturing and assembly. While most companies provide a fabricated modular product based off completed construction documents that didn’t take DFMA into consideration, ModularDesign+ uses DFMA to guide all design decisions. We provide full design and engineering services along with the full turnkey fabrication and installation of modular products. In doing so, we provide our clients with a modular unit that can be built in the minimum amount of time, at the lowest cost.
To better understand the DFMA process, you can break it up into two steps, both aimed at decreasing overhead, material and labor costs:
Design for Manufacture (DFM)
DFM involves designing architectural and engineering solutions according to the client’s vision while minimizing the complexity of manufacturing operations. Contrary to urban legends that modular construction cannot maintain the client’s design intent, we can while choosing the most cost-effective materials.
Design for Assembly (DFA)
DFA involves looking deeper into assembling the modular unit with all of the divisions associated with the final design. In doing so it reduces the man hours on the fabrication line, driving the final cost down by ease of construction.
More and more companies are looking into Lean and IPD construction methods to drive down construction costs and build projects on time. The principles of DFMA take those theories even further by evaluating, quantifying and eliminating any inefficiency in the manufacturing of all the divisions we incorporate into our modular units.