Engineering Talk - DCS's Blog on Quality and Engineering

DCS at IMTS 2018 - Showcasing Closed Loop Manufacturing

DCS Showcases Closed Loop Manufacturing at IMTS 2018 - Connecting CAD and SPC Systems

Using CAD to create measurement plans, and feeding measurement data back into the CAD model closes the loop on quality

DCS Vice President of Sales, Donald Jasurda, works with Chris Peuterbaugh, DCS Project Coordinator, to demonstrate integrated tolerance analysis and its connection to QDM SPC Software. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC CATIA V6 QDM Siemens NX

Dimensional Control Systems Combines CAD and SPC Software to Deliver Closed Loop Manufacturing at IMTS 2018

Dimensional Control Systems Combines CAD and SPC Software to Deliver Closed Loop Manufacturing at IMTS 2018

Dimensional Control Systems shows how Closed Loop connects CAD design with SPC measurement automation and supplier quality

Dimensional Control Systems (DCS), a quality software solutions provider,  will be showcasing successes in Closed Loop Manufacturing at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago Illinois, September10-15, 2018. The event will be held at the McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, along with eight other co-located events bringing together over one hundred thousand manufacturing and quality professionals from across the world.

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC CATIA V6 QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo PTC Creo Press Release

A New Dimension - Digital Technology Uses GD&T Language to Give Manufacturers an Advantage

A New Dimension - Digital Technology Uses GD&T Language to Give Manufacturers an Advantage

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

NEW! DCS Training Lab - Supplemental Training for 3DCS and QDM Users

Learn 3DCS Modeling with the NEW DCS Training Lab

The DCS Training Lab will be a new training site coming for all DCS Customers with a support contract (maintenance) that will provide self-training documents, videos and models to help advance and refresh 3DCS modeling skills. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T CATIA V6 QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo Press Release

3DCS Showcased at CAD Conference 2018 in Paris, France

Keynote Speaker, Dominique Gaunet of Dassault Systemes, Showcases 3DCS as Part of 3D Geometrical Tolerancing at the Center of 3D Master Strategy

Topics: CATIA Tolerance Analysis CATIA V6 Press Release

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? 

Based on discussions and articles in the DCS Community - Register FREE to learn more

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

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