Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFM/DFA) 92047

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFM+A), pioneered by Boothroyd and Dewhurst, has been used by many companies around the world to develop creative product designs that use optimal manufacturing and assembly processes. Correctly applied, DFM+A analysis leads to significant reductions in production cost, without compromising product time-to-market goals, functionality, quality, serviceability, or other attributes. In this two-day course, you will not only learn the Boothroyd Dewhurst Method, you will actually apply it to your own product design!

This course will include information on how DFM+A fits in with QFD, concurrent engineering, robust engineering, and other disciplines. In addition, there will be a brief demonstration of computer software tools, which simplify the DFM+A analysis.

Each participant will receive and use the hard-bound authoritative reference textbook, Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly, written by Geoffrey Boothroyd, Peter Dewhurst and Winston Knight.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Perform Design for Assembly (DFA) Analysis using the BDI Manual (Worksheet) Method
  • Perform DFM Analysis (manufacturing cost estimation)
  • Apply Design for Service (DFS) Principles
  • Reduce your company's production costs by analyzing and eliminating the factors that greatly affect the time, cost, and quality of manufacturing, assembly and service processes 
  • Utilize effective analysis, brainstorming, and trade-off techniques for redesigning assemblies and subassemblies

Who Should Attend

Product designers, product engineers, or manufacturing engineers will benefit by attending this course. Individuals involved in a new or ongoing product development process will also benefit by learning how to help synchronize and optimize fabrication and assembly activities. This course is most effective when attended by product development team members; however, this is not a requirement for attendance. 

NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to bring a sample or drawing of one of your own designs to analyze during the workshop on Day Two. You are also asked to bring a calculator capable of making simple calculations.


An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.


"I think the seminar is a great way to help engineers to consider manufacturing during initial design concepts."
Cinthia Becks
Sensor Development Engineer
ITT Automotive

"Very helpful in establishing guidelines for evaluating product improvement in a simple and effective manner."
Ralph Colborn
Product Engineer
Ark-Les Corporation

"This course delivers what it says and keeps you engaged with hands-on exercises. I strongly recommend this course to any engineer; this will definitely broaden their scope and insight at work. Thank you SAE."
Praneeth Gandi
Sr. R&D Design Engineer


You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Kevin Zielinski

Kevin ZielinskiKevin Zielinski currently owns and operates Red Cedar Media LLC, a training and corporate communications consulting, design, development and delivery company based in Michigan. Previously, Kevin was Senior Applications Specialist for EDS (including General Motors/EDS and Hewlett Packard/EDS) specializing in technical training delivery, training consulting, courseware design and development, and e-Learning. He has designed, developed and delivered over 40 lecture- and web-based courses attended by General Motors and EDS employees worldwide.  Mr. Zielinski has also served as Adjunct Professor for the Wayne State University College of Engineering and WSU/Focus:Hope for many years. His areas of  expertise include: e-Learning design and development, Quality Tools and Methods (Design of Six Sigma, Robust Engineering, Design of Experiments (DOE), Statistical Tolerancing and GD&T); Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA); Engineering Economics; and Plant Floor Throughput Improvement. He has been an instructor for SAE Professional Development since 1990, and is a recipient of SAE's Forest R. McFarland Award (April 2005). He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in engineering from Wayne State University.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Virtual

Event ID: S-01115

Location: Live Online

Session Info:

  • Session 1 - August 12 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - August 13 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
    2 Sessions

  • Fees: $1,700.00

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