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'Design For Manufacturability' (DFM) is a methodology that involves designing with an intent to minimize the cost of production and time-to-market, without compromising on the quality of the product. Various studies have proved that an error detected and rectified during the design stage costs almost 100-1000 times less than when rectified at the manufacturing stage. Research also indicates that around 70% of the product cost is committed during the design stage itself. Eli Whitney can be credited with the application of a process involving Design For Manufacturability (DFM) practices many years before the origin of the term.
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