2 Methods of Checking Your Assembly Sequence in 3DCS
Two tools to validate your moves and assembly sequence in your 3DCS models.
Benjamin Reese, on Mar 15, 2017 12:23:52 PM
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Benjamin Reese, on May 25, 2016 1:40:23 PM
3DCS and CATIA V5, together, offer great tools for a robust user experience. This article focuses on one of those tools, called Cache Mode. Cache Mode in CATIA V5 offers flexibility when building a Tolerance Model in 3DCS. When Cache Mode is activated, large amounts of data are stored in a local folder, reducing the overall size of an assembly. For 3DCS users, this means building and running Simulations of an entire vehicle faster.
Benjamin Reese, on Oct 21, 2015 11:38:53 AM
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Benjamin Reese, on Oct 8, 2015 12:35:04 PM
Many hours can be invested and lost trying to replace a heavily modified subassembly using the CATIA commands and the Tree Link Wizard. Furthermore, this method can cause excessive loss of feature links. The Tree Link Wizard is meant for updating the model after a single part or sub-assembly is moved or replaced. In fact, when moving multiple sub-assemblies, Update Model and the Tree Link Wizard should be used between each step.
This Tips and Tactics is a work around to get your subassembly with 3DCS replaced and updated without tree linking and feature linking. If you’re just replacing the same subassembly without name or structure changes, this work around usually isn’t necessary.
With this work around, MTMs at the higher assembly levels will need to be checked and possibly corrected. 3DCS Excel export can be used to easily fill in some vacancies caused by this work around since some MTM items (Moves, Tolerances, and Measures) will likely be left with missing Object and Target points.
Jason Brehmer, on Aug 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM
Color Contour (also known as Color Mapping) is a visualization tool which shows the level of variation on parts during Deviation and Simulation. It allows a user to pinpoint part and assembly tolerances, and measurements that are most critical to the assembly process.
No crayons or color pencils are required but a 3DCS Variation Analysis license is needed to run 3DCS. To apply Color Contour, the user will need to locate the 3DCS Display Toolbar and activate Color Contour. Once the user activates Color Contour, Multi-CAD, CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE require a specific visualization type. This is automatically changed in the software and will produce a warning to show the user it changed. Open the Color Contour options to activate the legend.
Note: A user can have both a Simulation window open and show Deviation by either clicking in the Graph window or the Simulation window.
Jason Brehmer, on Jun 9, 2015 12:55:00 PM
When a datum in a datum reference frame (DRF) is specified at MMC/MMB, the datum feature simulators (e.g. gage pins) will be made as though the datum features are at their MMB (e.g. holes at their smallest size.) Therefore, when a part with datum features not at MMB is placed on the gage, it can be adjusted so that the features being measured are closer to nominal. Since the measured variation is less, the features can have more variation relative to each datum axis or center-plane.
Jason Brehmer, on May 13, 2015 2:52:00 PM
We’re not talking about Gandolf or Merlin for 3DCS, but helpful tools that will help users with their overall modeling experience. These tools are often overlooked by both 3DCS and QDM users. If you are looking for specific information about these tools, visit the DCS Community and view the Help Manual. More information about these tools is available in the Community or the Help Manual
This month’s Tips and Tactics will go through a list of available Wizards and helpful tools for 3DCS and QDM; where they are at and how they can help users with their 3DCS model or with QDM template creation.
Jason Brehmer, on Apr 20, 2015 3:20:00 PM
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Jason Brehmer, on Mar 16, 2015 3:46:00 PM