GGI RapidNews R&D Product Development eZine: Volume
2, Issue 3 - April 4, 2001
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& SOFTWARE REVIEWS
The major differences between versions 9.0 and 8.2 include a new layout, a main window that displays the Product Structure Chart, DFA Questions, and Analysis Results. This main window is user customizable. Now that everything is in one window, opening and closing different windows to complete an analysis, a characteristic of DFA version 8.2., has been eliminated. Design for Manufacturing (DFM ) files from Concurrent Costing 1.1 can also be imported directly into a DFA analysis. DFA 9.0 also allows 3D part geometry importation from any major CAD/CAM software package by using SolidView from Solid Concepts (Valencia CA.). See, for example, the screen shot at http://www.dfma.com/editors.
Operations Libraries capabilities have been greatly expanded. Operations are selected from a pull down menu with cascading trees. Operations have all the mathematical capabilities of old DFA version 7.1, plus additional capabilities to program macros with logic statements. Not being able to edit macros directly from the structure chart is, in this author's opinion, a draw back.
Mr. Nick Dewhurst, Manager of Implementation and Consulting Services at Boothroyd & Dewhurst Inc. stated that he expected the "new version of DFA, with all its enhancements, to provide users with new insights into product development, which will lead to more robust cost avoidance."
As the developer of DFMA, Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. is the world leader in software tools that provide manufacturing assembly knowledge to the product design process. In 1991, Drs. Geoffrey Boothroyd and Peter Dewhurst were awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George Bush for their work in DFMA. Other recipients of the National Medal of Technology have included William Gates of Microsoft Corp. and Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories Inc. For more information, contact Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., 138 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879, USA. Tel. 800-424-DFMA. Fax 401-783-6872; Web site: http://www.dfma.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
[The above observations were prepared by GGI Affiliate David G. Meeker. David is a twenty-year DFM/A expert who participated in one of the original DFM's in industry, simplification of the Mouse. David was Digital's senior DFM/A official and continued in that role when Compaq absorbed Digital. David has an MS in Engineering & Public Policy, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He also teaches Product Development at MIT.]
Gateways To Knowledge: There is new web content this month for your professional use. A total of 14 new Gateways have been added to GGI's MEGA Technology Suppliers Gateway to connect you with several hundred additional companies. The new Gateways are as follows:
For further information see: http://www.goldensegroupinc.com/gateway/techproviders.shtml.
The 2001 International Forum on DFMA: Boothroyd-Dewhurst's annual conference will be held this June 4-5 in Newport, RI. This would be a great opportunity to experience the newly-released version 9.0 (see above) and to talk with its architects and designers. For more information on the conference, please see http://www.dfma.com/forum/index.html.
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