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How to Simulate Material Thickness in 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

 How to Better Treat Thickness Tolerances in Sheet-Like Materials

We encounter many situations where there is a form tolerance on a primary surface and then the other side of the part has a thickness allowance. Often implicitly it is assumed to have the same form or a very local refinement. (i.e. stamped sheet metal, composite lay-ups)There are many situations in both aerospace and automotive I would think where sheet of material is stamped and parts are indexed to both sides and sheet metal is accepted using a spec tolerance. 

One method used in the past has been to use ghost parts but it seems like there should be an easier way. What am i missing?

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

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

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

How to Create Assembly Arrangements in Siemens NX

What are NX Arrangements and How to Create Them

Create different working positions in an assembly arrangement or model using NX

NX Assembly Arrangements allow the user to configure and show different working positions in assembly documentation. This helps in making different views or positions of your model, letting you quickly jump back to those scenarios. 

Topics: Siemens NX Webinar T&T 3DCS

Large NX Models -- Siemens Whitepaper and Helpful Tips for 3DCS Tolerance Analysis

Five Tips for Large Assembly Performance and Tips for Large Models in NX

Included is the link to the Siemens whitepaper Five Tips for Large Assembly Performance and tips for working with large models in NX

Let's be honest, working with large models in any CAD platform can be difficult. DCS has put out a number of videos and webinars to try and help with this, but there is always something else that can be done to simplify a menu, a model, a move or a method. Here are some helpful tips when working in NX on large models, and a great whitepaper from Siemens on the topic. 

Topics: Siemens NX T&T 3DCS

X-Plane Best-Fit Move Webinar Now On-Demand!

Learn How to Use X-Plane Move - An Easy Best Fit Move for Faster Modeling 

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

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

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

How to Create an Automated PowerPoint Report With 3DCS

Learn How to Create a PowerPoint Report Out of 3DCS

3DCS Version 7.5 comes with new options for making reports, including automated PowerPoint reports. 

With the latest release of 3DCS 7.5.0.0, users are now able to create 3DCS reports in PowerPoint and Word. The PowerPoint report requires a template, which can be modified to your standards or needs. 

To see this feature and more from 3DCS Version 7.5 in action, join DCS as it hosts the 3DCS Version 7.5 Webinar Series -- 



To learn more about generating a Report using other methods or about the dialog, please review the Help Manual for more details (available to all DCS Community members. Register for Free at https://community.3dcs.com/ ).

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

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: https://community.3dcs.com

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

The New DCS Community - FAQ's and Discussion on Tolerance Analysis and SPC

The New DCS Community Brings Customers and Clients a Forum for Questions, Answers and Information on Tolerance Analysis and SPC

The New DCS Community houses an extensive FAQ, with clients able to post questions to be answered by DCS technical experts and DCS Software partners and users. 

Topics: Tolerance Analysis 3DCS SPC DE Focus T&T Webinar QDM