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Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO) and Z Scores -- Diving into the Six-Sigma Rabbit Hole

Six-Sigma Programs - Using Defects Per Million Opportunities in 3DCS 

Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO) is a very important criterion used in Six Sigma programs as an objective and determinant for success or failure. How does DPMO relate and benefit Tolerance Analysis? 

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Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T SPC Siemens NX 3DCS Creo

How to Create Assembly Arrangements in Siemens NX

What are NX Arrangements and How to Create Them

Create different working positions in an assembly arrangement or model using NX

NX Assembly Arrangements allow the user to configure and show different working positions in assembly documentation. This helps in making different views or positions of your model, letting you quickly jump back to those scenarios. 

Topics: 3DCS T&T Webinar Siemens NX

Large NX Models -- Siemens Whitepaper and Helpful Tips for 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

Five Tips for Large Assembly Performance and Tips for Large Models in NX

Included is the link to the Siemens whitepaper Five Tips for Large Assembly Performance and tips for working with large models in NX

Let's be honest, working with large models in any CAD platform can be difficult. DCS has put out a number of videos and webinars to try and help with this, but there is always something else that can be done to simplify a menu, a model, a move or a method. Here are some helpful tips when working in NX on large models, and a great whitepaper from Siemens on the topic. 

Topics: 3DCS T&T Siemens NX

Webinar Thursday - Pattern Move, Angular & Linear Dimensioning, Axial Moves

Modeling Methods Webinar - Learn About Advanced Moves in 3DCS

Modeling Methods shows how to apply different moves in 3DCS to account for non-standard conditions. 

Next week is the last webinar in the 3DCS Version 7.5 Series - Modeling Methods. This webinar will focus on 3DCS Moves, more importantly, advanced Moves and applications that can help new and advanced users with modeling. 

Already registered for the 7.5 Series? Then you're ready to go! Look for the reminder and Join Link in your email. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 Webinar Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

3 Reasons Why You Should be Using PMI, FTA and Digital GD&T

3 Reasons Why You Should be Using PMI, FTA and Digital GD&T

There are a lot of benefits to using digital GD&T in your CAD platform; here are 3 of the big ones. 

Automotive and aerospace manufacturers are leading the way with the application of digital GD&T technology. Applying digital GD&T to frame rails, aircraft skins, fuselages and body in white assemblies, these manufacturers are able accurately simulate part and process variation and then take steps to control and reduce its impact on the final build.  

Analyzing variation is faster and easier with access to CAD embedded GD&T 

This is the general application of GD&T in a digital environment, but what are the reasons to promote using digital GD&T in the first place? 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Webinar QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

Worst Case Tolerance Analysis Webinar Now On-Demand

Worst Case Tolerance Analysis 

Part 4: 3DCS Version 7.5 Series

Find more about Worst Case Tolerance Analysis, 1D vs 3D, 3D vs. RSS with example models and the 3DCS Worst Case DLL. 

Click Here to Watch the Webinar On-Demand

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Siemens NX 3DCS Creo

4 Ways Excel is Failing Your Tolerance Analysis

4 Ways Excel is Failing Your Tolerance Analysis

Excel is a useful tool for a lot of applications, and can be used in a pinch for stack analysis, but it misses a lot of important features. 

Excel can be used a for a lot of equation based applications. Many companies rely on it for their tolerance analysis; doing 1D stacks and stack-up analysis using Excel macros and Visual Basic code. For basic cases, this works great and can be a fast and effective way to get answers quickly, but as soon as products, models and requirements become more complex, Excel falls flat. 

Integrated CAD tools give more accurate analysis results by incorporating additional influences

This means that your Excel answers might be misleading you, and can cause some embarrassing, and expensive, problems later on. 

In what ways is Excel failing? 

Here are 4 ways Excel is failing your tolerance analysis: 

1. No 3D Influence 

It is rare that all the parts in your product line up into a perfect linear line. Most often, there are parts arranged around your stack-up, and these part's tolerances will influence your linear stack. This 3 dimensional influence can cause more variation than you'd expect, and a 1D stack-up in Excel is not going to account for this.

Even with a linear stack-up, you can have angularity that will cause additional variation, or variation and issues unaccounted for in your Excel stack. These 3 dimensional issues are related to the geometry of the parts, and require a CAD-based approach to properly simulate and validate.  

Not all scenarios can be calculated with an Excel 1D stack-up

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 Webinar Siemens NX PTC Creo

Worst Case Tolerance Analysis Webinar - How and Why to Use It

Let's Talk Worst Case Tolerance Analysis

Worst Case Tolerance Analysis is important to many industries. Used for critical measures, Worst Case has an important place in tolerance analysis.  

Part 4: 3DCS V7.5 – 3DCS V7.5 – How and Why to Use Worst Case Analysis in 3DCS

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT -- Learn how to handle Worst Case

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How does 3DCS handle Worst Case? 

Let's first review what Worst Case is in this context. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 Webinar Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

X-Plane Best-Fit Move Webinar Now On-Demand!

Learn How to Use X-Plane Move - An Easy Best Fit Move for Faster Modeling 

Part 2: 3DCS Version 7.5 – X Plane Move – How to Use The New Best Fit Move for 3DCS

Recorded Thu, Feb 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T CATIA V6 Webinar Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

How to Create an Automated PowerPoint Report With 3DCS

Learn How to Create a PowerPoint Report Out of 3DCS

3DCS Version 7.5 comes with new options for making reports, including automated PowerPoint reports. 

With the latest release of 3DCS, users are now able to create 3DCS reports in PowerPoint and Word. The PowerPoint report requires a template, which can be modified to your standards or needs. 

To see this feature and more from 3DCS Version 7.5 in action, join DCS as it hosts the 3DCS Version 7.5 Webinar Series -- 

To learn more about generating a Report using other methods or about the dialog, please review the Help Manual for more details (available to all DCS Community members. Register for Free at ).

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T Siemens NX 3DCS Creo