Engineering Talk - DCS's Blog on Quality and Engineering

DCS Introduces 3DCS for CREO Now Fully Integrated into PTC CREO

New From DCS, 3DCS Variation Analyst for Creo Fully Integrated in PTC Creo

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

Happy New Year! What's in Store for 2017

2017 Promises to Be a Big Year for DCS and Its Customers

2017 brings with it new products from DCS, a new version of 3DCS packed with updates, the DCS User Conference and more

There is a lot planned for 2017. In the next few months, DCS will be releasing a brand new product, as well as the much anticipated release of 3DCS Version 7.4. What's more, this May, the DCS 2017 User Conference will be held at the GM Rennaissance Center in downtown Detroit.  Scroll down to see all the big events and releases planned for 2017.

Topics: 3DCS Webinar QDM

It Isn't Always Nominal - An Engineer's Christmas Story (Humor)

It Isn't Always Nominal 

An Engineer's Christimas

As any engineer knows, when parts are manufactured, they never match the nominal design. There are no perfect parts, but there are good and bad parts and sometimes something in between. 

What isn't readily apparent, is how this applies to so many other things in our lives. Perfect plans rarely come out perfectly, but as long as they are within given tolerances, everything is fine. It is when they are outside tolerances that plans get scrapped, or require significant rework. Regardless of the outcome, it is always expensive in time and money. 

This is where Tolerance Analysis comes in. It gives you an understanding ahead of time of which parts are going to be troublesome and how. Now if only we had something like this for the rest of our lives, which brings us to today's article. 


Nominal vs As-Built - A Christmas Story

by Bob Wrench, Mechanical Engineer

Topics: Tolerance Analysis

2016 Webinars - Did You Miss Any? Now On Demand!

2016 Webinar Series - All Now On Demand

2016 was a busy year, so it is understandable that you might have missed some of the webinars this year. To help you catch up, DCS is now offering all three 2016 webinar series on demand. 

DCS hosted three webinar series in 2016:

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Webinar Siemens NX

QDM WEB Now Available on Mobile Devices, Bringing Industry Leading SPC Tools to the Palm of Your Hand

Dimensional Control Systems has brought the QDM WEB System into the world of mobile by upgrading it with a responsive design, instantly changing the interface based on the user’s device.

Dimensional Control Systems’ (DCS) in partnership with E7 Solutions, is releasing QDM WEB for Mobile, a new responsive design for the QDM WEB System. This adaptive design unlocks QDM WEB for all mobile devices, instantly adapting the system to deliver SPC reports, dashboards and real-time analytics to your phone or tablet.  

Topics: SPC QDM

Turkey Day Preparation - An Engineer's Help Manual (humor)

Thanksgiving Day Preparation - An Engineer's Help Manual

Preparing the turkey for Thanksgiving can be a monumental task. With stuffing, proper basting and long cooking times, it can be both difficult and intimidating to hold the responsibility of preparing the turkey.

3DCS Essentials Webinar - Excel Import, Color Mapping, Reporting and More!

Use Your Model For More Than Just Simulation - Inspection Planning, Collaboration, Root Cause Analysis

3DCS software lends itself to more than just simulation, giving engineers the ability to update their models with inspection data to root cause build issues, or create inspection and measurement plans from their analysis results. 

When: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 

Topics: 3DCS Webinar

2nd DCS China Users' Conference in Shanghai a Success

With Over 100 Attendees, the 2016 DCS China Users' Conference was a Model Success

2016 the 2nd DCS China Users’ Conference has been successfully held in Shanghai Jianguo Hotel on November 2nd -3rd.

Following the success of the 2014 DCS ASIAN User Conference in Shanghai, ETA-China hosted a general assembly and training conference for the APAC region to help local companies learn about advances in tolerance analysis solutions as well as best practices and processes from other manufacturers. With ample time to network, this event also provided a community of current users to spread best practices, tips and applications for 3DCS tolerance analysis software.

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

DCS Partners with TES RnD Isreal to Support Israeli Tolerance Analysis

DCS is Proud to Announce Its New Partnership with TES-RnD to Promote Tolerance Analysis in Israel

TES-RnD is now a Seller's Agent for DCS Quality Solutions, including the industry leading software 3DCS Variation Analyst. 

As an engineering and GD&T service and consulting company, TES-RnD is perfectly situated to provide dimensional management tools, support and training in Israel. With a clear understanding of mechanical engineering principles, TES-RnD now has the opportunity to include 3DCS software as part of its solution offering. 

TES-RnD Profile

TES-RnD is a boutique Mechanical Engineering Research and Development house, providing solutions in the mechanical design field as well as GD&T training and consulting.

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

New Product - CAD Based Inspection Plans Integrated in CATIA

3DCS Inspection Planner Integrates Inspection Plan Creation into CATIA CAD Software

With this new product from DCS, manufacturers can instantly turn their models into inspeciton plans and measurement plans for the plant floor. 

CAD models are now ubiquitous with manufacturing. However, once the model is done, and converted to 2D prints, it is often forgotten. Why? It is hard to correlate plant data with the CAD model and continue to use it. This is why, when design is done, the model is often shelfed until needed for a future design product. With 3DCS Inspection Planner, creating inspection plans to correlate the data makes it easy to bring inspection and measurement data back into your CAD model to solve design problems and build issues.