This paper gives an overview of research that is expanding the domain of design for manufacturing (DFM) into new and important areas. This paper covers DFM and concurrent engineering, DFM for conceptual design, DFM for embodiment design, DFM for detailed design, design for production, platform design for reducing time-to-market, design for system quality, design for life cycle costs, and design for environment. The paper concludes with some general guidelines that suggest how manufacturing firms can develop useful, effective DFM tools.

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