Application of design for manufacture and assembly methodologies to complex aerospace products

Benoit Gauthier, University of Rhode Island
Peter Dewhurst, Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc.
David Japikse, Concepts ETI


Design for Manufacture and Assembly methods have been in widespread use in consumer products industries for over a decade. Principle benefits have been reduction of product development cost and increase in product quality and competitiveness. Current research is focused on the application of design for manufacture and assembly to the lower volume production of highly engineered products, such as those found in the aerospace industry. This paper presents highlights of a case study underway on a turbopump designed by NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center under the Low Cost Boost Technology Project. © 2000 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.