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X Plane Move Brings Best Fit to 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Software

X-Plane Move - An Easy Best Fit Move for Faster Modeling

Learn how to use this new move in next week's webinar -

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

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

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

Closed Loop Manufacturing: CAD Driven Supplier Quality and Continuous Quality Improvement

How Can You Drive Quality Improvement and Improve Supplier Quality with Model Based Definition?

Model Based Definition can be leveraged to drive supplier quality and create continuous quality improvement by connecting existing processes. 

CAD modeling and simulation is now a standard in many manufacturing businesses. These same manufacturers understand that measuring completed parts, and measuring incoming parts from suppliers, is an important part of validating quality. What Model Based Definition offers is the ability to use the completed CAD model and analysis to drive the entire quality process, creating a single source for specifications and quality information that, when applied throughout production, allows for manufacturing correlation and powerful problem solving to improve quality at every stage of the product lifecycle. 

What is Closed Loop Manufacturing?

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC Webinar QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo Global Technology Conference

Checklist: Steps to Create and Validate a 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Model 

Checklist: Steps to Create and Validate a 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Model

Creating accurate models can be difficult. There are a variety of steps and tools that need to be used in order to get results that can be applied to manufacturing with confidence. 

Modeling and simulation are important to reducing costs, but can be intimidating prospects for new users.

3DCS, by its very nature of being an advanced tolerance analysis tool, can be complicated for new users. Many of these users are at a loss when it comes to starting a new model on their own. Here is a checklist to help you with your modeling process. 

For more details on individual steps and processes, visit and register at the DCS Community:

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

3DCS Version 7.5 is Here! Find Out What's Inside

DCS Rolls Out the New Version of 3DCS Variation Analyst Software

3DCS Version 7.5 comes packed with new features, and a lot of improvements too

UPDATE: The link to download the WHAT's NEW pdf has been fixed! We apologize for the trouble.

The new version of 3DCS includes improvements and new features that both improve tolerance analysis, but also improve the speed at which the results are delivered. 

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

Back to Basics: How to Quickly Add Points, Moves and Tolerances to Your 3DCS CAD Model

How to Quickly Add Points, Moves and Tolerances to Your 3DCS CAD Model

This Back to Basics article covers a number of ways to quickly add Moves, Tolerances and Points to a 3DCS model

Anyone who has worked with CAD knows that the most time consuming task is preparing the model for analysis. This process is the 'necessary evil' in order to get the results you need to make decisions and validate your GD&T. This is, of course, needed in order to model assembly joints and constraints that mimic the real world. There are, of course, ways of speeding up the process. 

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

Available Now! Run Your Models in the Cloud - Get Results Faster While Offloading Computations to the Cloud

3DCS Users Can Now Run Their Models in the Cloud to Increase Analysis Speed and Offload Work to Free Up Local Computers and Licenses

Dimensional Control Systems is now providing cloud computing powered by Parallel Works to dramatically speed up analysis times and release local licenses for continued use


Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Webinar Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo Global Technology Conference

CENIT Hosts 3DCS User Meeting in Germany to Showcase Tolerance Analysis

DCS Reseller CENIT Hosts User Meeting in Germany to Showcase the Combination of Tolerance Analysis Software with SPC, CAD and Quality Management

Armin Schöne (Head of Simulation) and his team at CENIT set up a program of interesting lectures on Digital Twins using 3DCS and QDM, 3DCS integrated into Creo, NX and 3DEXPERIENCE.

Nearly 50 visitors from industries like automotive, aviation, engineering and machining took part in the 3DCS User Meeting held in Stuttgart, Germany this week. Hosted by DCS Reseller CENIT, the event showcased new technology in tolerance analysis, as well as the combination of manufacturing software and simulation software to improve production quality and problem solving.

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

2017 Webinar Series Comes to a Close - See All the Recordings On-Demand

Performance Improvement Webinar Series - Improving the Speed, Quality and Outputs of Tolerance Analysis

Learn skills, tips and new features to improve your tolerance analysis experience with this webinar series

The Closed Loop webinar signaled the end to the Performance Improvement Webinar Series. These five webinars followed the FEA Compliant Modeler series and are very valuable to any 3DCS user. Designed with a teaching methodology in mind, these webinars were created to show how to use new features as well as how to take advantage of existing features. Make sure to use these and all the other webinars and videos DCS provides to improve your modeling skills. 

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

How to Create Creo PMI (GD&T) and Run a Tolerance Stack Up

3DCS for Creo - Using Embedded Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing PMI to Create 3D Stack Ups

Written by Priya Vijayakumar, DCS Variation Analyst - Creo Specialist


The integrated version of 3DCS in Creo can utilize any embedded GD&T (PMI) to quickly create tolerance analysis studies and give you the information you need to make quality decisions.

As an integrated tolerance analysis software, 3DCS utilizes Creo PMI to validate design objectives and simulate potential build issues. To use PMI in your tolerance analysis software, you first have to create it in Creo. For this tutorial, the terms GD&T and PMI are used interchangeably. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis 3DCS Creo PTC Creo

Learn New Skills for Tolerance Analysis - Black Box Methodology and Root Cause Analysis

Upcoming Webinars - Learn Advanced Skills to Improve Your Tolerance Analysis 

EDIT: Links to register have been fixed

DCS's upcoming October webinars show how to use  two advanced skills to improve their tolerance analysis 

DCS is hosting two webinars in October to help users learn advanced skills to improve their tolerance analyses. 

October 12th - Black Box Methodology -- How to use Black Boxing in your model to simplify your models and make large models load faster and run smoother. Excellent for team based modeling.

October 26th - How To Do Closed Loop Quality -- How to incorporate real data into your analysis. Find mean shifts, root cause production issues, test changes.

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