For everyone involved, discovering once production begins that a design is not manufacturable is a nightmare scenario. The design and engineering loop must be repeated, the boards need to be manufactured again. And we all know how that nightmare ends – with lost material and lost time. Ultimately, the order could be canceled, or the unhappy customer might not return.
DFM analysis of design files is an absolute must-have. But clarifying the DFM with a PCB manufacturer is time-consuming. After sending PCB design files to the manufacturer, it usually takes several days to get feedback. By then, most designers are working on some different projects, requiring them to pivot back and dig in again to the original project.