Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA)


DFMA stands for Design for Manufacture and Assembly. DFMA is the combination of two methodologies; Design for Manufacture, which means the design for ease of manufacture of the parts that will form a product, and Design for Assembly, which means the design of the product for ease of assembly.

Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) is an approach that facilitates greater offsite manufacturing, thereby minimising onsite construction. It allows buildings to be constructed more quickly and safely, and more resource-efficiently and cost-effectively. DfMA does not impede design thinking or require any compromise in the quality of finishes or materials.

The industry has already made progress towards the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by harnessing new digital technologies. Collaborative joint venture approaches to project delivery are now commonplace as client, contractor (and their supply chain) and design team relationships are re-examined and improved in order to deliver innovation.

As well as delivering projects faster, lowering costs and improving quality, the use of DfMA Design for Manufacture & Assembly techniques will also result in better operational and in-use outcomes.

By embedding DfMA into Concept Design at RIBA Stage 2, The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre believe that the industry will be able to drive the productivity gains necessary to deliver the UK Government’s Construction 2025 strategy and be part of a new, safer, more sustainable construction industry.

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, working with the UK Offsite & management School, aims to be a centre of excellence for DfMA Design for Manufacture & Assembly in Scotland. Harsnessing classroom teaching alongside real word thinking of manufacturing processes, modern methods of Construction and Industry 4.0.