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DCS Partners with Quality Digest to Deliver Closed Loop Webinar October 25th

Quality 4.0 - How CAD GD&T Drives Model Based Definition with 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Software

DCS Partners with Quality Digest to Deliver Closed Loop Webinar October 25th

Quality 4.0 connects processes and tools, streamlining modeling creation and collaboration. See how tolerance analysis software validates and optimizes GD&T, simulating a digital twin and providing the risk of failure based on part tolerances and the assembly process. These simulations then feed downstream applications, creating SPC and manager reports and critical to quality features to direct measurement plans and manufacturing. The model continues to provide value by utilizing measured plant data to root cause production issues and testing solutions.

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

How Many Companies Are Using Embedded GD&T (CATIA FTA, NX PMI, CREO PMI) ?

How Many Companies Have Been Using Embedded GD&T in Their Process?

DCS asked its clients how often they use Embedded GD&T and if not, when are they planning on implementing Embedded GD&T

What Is Embedded GD&T?

Embedded GD&T is geometric dimensioning and tolerancing applied to a CAD model using platform specific tools and features, often presented as Functional Tolerance Annotations (FTA) in CATIA or Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) in NX and CREO. The GD&T is linked to its referencing features, so that it can be used to describe those part's tolerances, Datum features and locating properties.  It can be a powerful tool for supporting tolerance analysis

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

Digital GD&T Series Part 1 - Embedded GD&T in CATIA, NX and CREO

Digital GD&T Series Part 1 - Embedded GD&T in CATIA, NX and CREO

DCS begins its Digital GD&T Series with a trio of webinars showing how to create GD&T in your CAD platform

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

Digital GD&T Series -- Webinars and Articles Showing How Embedded GD&T Supports Model Based Definition MBD

Using Model Based Definition with Embedded GD&T - Webinar and Article Series

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

Digital GD&T Webinar - Learn How to Create GD&T in CAD: NX, CATIA and CREO

Digital GD&T Webinar Series Begins This Week - Learn How to Create GD&T in CATIA, NX and CREO

See step by step examples for creating GD&T in CAD in order to support Model Based Definition and Tolerance Analysis

3DCS Software supports Model Based Definition and the use of embedded GD&T. 3DCS is integrated in NX, CATIA and CREO, making it easy to pull that data into your 3DCS model to begin your tolerance analysis.

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

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

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

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

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