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MELLO, Carlos Henrique Pereira et al. Redesign of an electromechanical device in a reverse engineering approach integrated to design for manufacturing and assembly and rapid prototyping. Prod. [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.4, pp.620-633.  Epub Nov 08, 2011. ISSN 0103-6513.

The purpose of this work was the study of the integration between design for manufacturing and assembly with rapid prototyping, in a reverse engineering approach, such as some tools to support product redesign. Based on a literature review of these concepts, this paper aimed at examining the application of a model that integrates the design for manufacture and assembly with rapid prototyping in reverse engineering approach in the redesign of an electromechanical device. The objective was to analyze the results of the application of this model in order to reduce the time of manufacture/assembly and the cost of assembly in the redesign of the product, which has been marketed for more than 30 years. The research method employed was action-research, because the researcher wanted to address a problem identified within the object of study, in partnership with the company's research team. The results were recommendations for the redesigning of the product, which showed a reduction in the assembly time, in the number of processes and components, and also in the targeted cost of the product - providing the opportunity to improve the competitiveness of the company in the market.

Keywords : Reverse engineering; DFMA; Rapid prototyping; Redesign.

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