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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

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

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: 3DCS T&T Webinar Siemens NX

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: 3DCS T&T Siemens NX

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

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

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 Tolerance Analysis T&T QDM Siemens NX 3DCS Creo

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

How to Import an Assembly Into Siemens Teamcenter PLM

Use Teamcenter to Manage Both Your CAD and 3DCS Tolerance Analysis Data at the Same Time

3DCS Integrated in Siemens NX CAD stores its data in the top assembly of your NX model, bundling the two together for easy version control and Teamcenter or other PLM storage. 

3DCS is a fully integrated tolerance analysis software in Siemens NX CAD. As such, when saving your 3DCS model data it is stored at the assembly level in the CAD bundling it with the NX model. This is important, as anything you do with the NX model takes the 3DCS data with it, making file management, version control, and interaction with PLM systems easy. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T Siemens NX

What Is a Tolerance Stack Up?

What Is a Tolerance Stack-Up? How Do You Calculate It?

Tolerance Analysis encompasses several processes used to determine the potential accumulated variation in manufactured parts and assemblies.

It is often applied to manufactured parts in general to determine the impact of manufacturing processes on the final dimensions of those parts. Tolerances are determined by a variety of methods, from standards such as ISO or ASME, or from the use of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), a method of annotating and marking tolerances on parts.

Methods of Tolerance Analysis

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis T&T