PRODUCT-DEVELOPMENT COMPLEXITY METRICS: A FRAMEWORK FOR PROACTIVE-DFA IMPLEMENTATION
Designers need computer support in the earlier stages of the process when decisions have a more significant effect on outcomes. In this paper a taxonomy of assemblability and manufacturability analysis is proposed. This provides a framework for the definition of product complexity metrics which may be used to evaluate a design as it is developed. A proposed assembly complexity metric related to product structure is elaborated in more detail.