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SOLIDWORKS Tolerance Analysis -- See the NEW Integrated Manufacturing Simulation Tool 3DCS

Thursday Webinar -- See the NEW Integrated SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Simulation and Tolerance Analysis Software

DCS is releasing a new version of 3DCS integrated into SOLIDWORKS CAD Software, and is showcasing this new version Thursday, July 25th at 11 am EST via GotoWebinar.

The New version of 3DCS integrated into SOLIDWORKS is coming soon! This webinar will showcase the product with a variety of modeling techniques and inputs. With multi-stage modeling as well as standard Moves, Tolerances, and Measures, there is something to see for both new users and experienced 3DCS modelers. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Webinar Press Release SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Tolerance Analysis - Why Manufacturing Simulation Matters

Manufacturing Simulation Takes Tolerance Analysis to the Next Level

Tolerance Analysis often refers to just part tolerance stacks, leaving out a large piece of the big picture

Common tolerance analysis determines the combined variation from a series of interconnected parts in a one-dimensional or two-dimensional stack, such as below. Done commonly in Excel, these analyses are excellent for quick answers and simple assemblies. They do fall short quickly when you need to consider larger number of components, parts in three-dimensional configurations, and of course, starting over every time there is a design change or different output needed. The example below also depicts some complications with even a basic one dimensional stack. 

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

Moving from EXCEL to the Digital Twin with Tolerance Analysis

Understanding the Process of Going From EXCEL to a Digital Quality Twin


Author: Armin Schöne, CENIT AG
Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo

What is the QIF Standard for Model Based Definition MBD?

What is the QIF Standard?  

The QIF Standard is best thought of as a container. It holds a group of data together, providing unique identifiers for each feature and characteristic. This makes moving the data from team to team within an organization and into the supply chain much easier, as all the relevant data is present in one location, and the characteristics can be properly identified and communicated between people and machines by using the QPId (QIF Persistent Identifier) numbers to remove ambiguity. This allows a clean workflow of information downstream, while connecting all components of the digital thread. The enterprise gains trace-ability and transparency into their own workflow through versioning with QPId's.

QIF Persistent Identifier (QPId) 

  • Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) [adopted by Microsoft as GUID]
  • ISO/IEC 9834-8
  • example... 550e8400-e29b-41d4-a716-446655440000
Topics: CATIA 3DCS CATIA V6 Webinar Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo