If you’re a reader of this blog, you’re probably familiar with the acronym DFM (Design for Manufacturing).  However, depending upon your background, you may not be accustomed to seeing the ‘e’ (electronics) or ‘m’ (mechanical) prefix. 

The reality is that mDFM has been mostly a pipe dream in the world mechanical parts.  Many companies aspire to apply DFM processes to mechanical design, but it is a very small portion of companies that actually use it a part of the design process.  Meanwhile, eDFM is a core process in the design of electronic components such as semiconductors and printed circuit boards.  The vast majority of companies that design chips use a DFM tool before releasing the design to production.

You can read about a recent adoption of DFM for electronics over here.