An intensive course on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) will be offered from February 10 to February 14, 2020 under the Continuing Education Programme of IIT Kanpur. It is sponsored by Quality Improvement Programme, All India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi. The course is designed to cater the needs of teachers, scientists from R & D houses and Labs, and practicing engineers from industries. This programme will be specifically useful for persons who are concerned with training / teaching, research, and industrial applications of DFMA.

DFMA example of motor drive. (Source: Boothroyd, Dewhurst and Knight)

DFMA example of motor drive. (Source: Boothroyd, Dewhurst and Knight)

Design casts the biggest shadow. (Source: Munro and Associates, Inc.)

Benefits of implementing DFMA. (Source: Mikhail, Int. forum on DFMA, 2009)


Since the design determines the majority (more than 70%) of the final product cost, DFMA is a concurrent engineering approach to simplify product structure in the early stages of design for achieving an acceptable level of manufacturability, ease of assembly, serviceability, product cost, product quality and time to market. The primary objective of the present course is to acquaint the participants with the techniques that are used for minimization of product cost through design and process improvements. These techniques will be illustrated with relevant case studies.

Course Content

  • Introduction to DFMA
  • Product Design Process

    Need identification and problem definition; Conceptual design; Embodiment design; Detail design.

  • Selection of Materials and Shapes

    Overview of engineering materials and standards for materials selection; Selection of materials; Selection of shapes; Co-selection of materials and shapes.

  • Design for X

    The concept of manufacturability; Limitations of manufacturing processes; Design of jigs and fixtures; Design for machining, Design for casting; Design for forging; Design for sheet metalworking; Design for assembly; Design for environment; Case studies.

  • Modelling and Simulation

    Mathematical modeling and dimensional analysis; Finite element analysis; Simulation; Rapid prototyping.

  • Design for Quality and Reliability

    Design for reliability; Failure mode and effects analysis; Design for safety; Design for Quality; Design optimization.


Dr. Niraj Sinha

Phone: 0512-259-7196

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Speakers shall be drawn from various disciplines of different IITs and other institutions of higher learning, and related industries and R&D organizations of different parts of the country.

Course Fees

For Engineering College Faculties

There is no course fee for the sponsored teachers from engineering colleges (only those approved by AICTE, New Delhi). They will be paid to and fro 3rd AC class train fare via shortest route (strictly on production of ticket), and free boarding and lodging in the hostel of IIT Kanpur. The engineering College faculties are required to email soft copy of recommendation letter duly recommended by the Head of the Institution/Department. The candidate should have minimum qualification as B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Sc. (Engineering). However, candidates with M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Sc. (Engineering) will be given preference. The candidates with Ph.D. degree with manufacturing specialization are most welcome, and will be given highest priority.

For the selected candidates:

The selected candidates will have to send a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 1,000/- to ensure their commitment for participation in this course. This amount will be refundable only to those teachers who attend the course (Please do not send the money until you get selection letter / e-mail).

For Participants from Industries and R & D Labs

Private and public sector industries, R & D Labs, teaching Institutions and other organizations are welcome to depute their executives, managers, teachers and engineers to participate in the course. The sponsoring organizations are required to pay a registration fee of Rs. 15,000/- (excluding GST) per participant. The participants will have to make their own arrangements to meet their travel and other expenses. Boarding and lodging can be arranged in IITK guest house or IITK hostels based upon prior request. Applications on a separate sheet giving the information shown in the proforma should reach the Course Coordinator latest by 6th Jan, 2020.

For Ph.D. Scholars, the registration fee is Rs. 5,000/- (Excluding GST). Please note that the Ph.D. Scholars have to bear their boarding & lodging and travel expenses. Applications on a separate sheet giving the information shown in the proforma should reach the Course Coordinator latest by 6th Jan, 2020.


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Course Code 2019/69
Course Title Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Course Duration February 10-14, 2020
Participants Category
Course Fees + 18% GST
*IITK Faculty & Students payonly course fees
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