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Thursday, 17 September 2015

For some companies working on large and complex product and with multiple CAD systems, should need to import those multiple CAD formats into CATIA V5. Theorem Multi-CAD solution allows CATIA users to incorporate parts and assemblies from other CAD sorftware surch as NX and Creo for example and without file translation.

Within your CATIA V5 solution and Theorem plugin, you will be able directly to open CAD files using “Insert existing component”, “file open” and “file save as”.

Moreover, external CAD files geometry are checked by the application and a integrity validation is done by the system.

Also, Multi-CAD application, track changes and update the master CAD file into CATIA, as each sub-assembly developed.

Theorem’s Multi-CAD application system is a low cost and efficient solution to the problems that can be encountered when different CAD systems collaborate on projects and ensures the integrity of the CAD data whilst allowing the seamless transference of files between users.

In order to get more details about Theorem Multi-CAD application, visit the Theorem page on the MarketPlace. 

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

3DCS & CATIA USER'S DAY at Dassault Systèmes Campus (France)

During this one day conference based on CATIA User's community topics, we are pleased to welcome 3DCS (DS MarketPlace Partner) and some of its partners. 

However, our customers such as Airbus, MGRD Italia, Faurecia Exhaust, Jaguar Land Rover and SNECMA will also attend the event and be part of the conference. 

Event topics: 
  • The 3D Master Initiative
  • Dimensional Management in Tooling
  • Assembly and Tolerance Analysis
Want to attend the event? Click the button or call Ben Reese at +1-248-269-9777

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

2013 is a special year for our partner ESI Group since they are celebrating their 40th anniversary. A true success story started by 4 young graduates from Berkeley. Today, ESI Group employs more than 1000 people worldwide, serves almost all industries and their various companies. 

ESI’s solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping. These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the right decisions throughout product development.

Some of these solutions are seamlessly integrated with Dassault Systèmes' CATIA V5: PAM-DIEMAKER (sheet-metal forming), PAM-QUICKFORM (laminated composite modeling), PAM-RTM (modeling) and PAM-TFA (sheet-metal forming).

Take a few minutes to dive in this company's history and share employees' memories!

And as we say in France: Joyeux anniversaire ESI!
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

DPS will participate in ENACC PLM Conference as a guest speaker in its quality of strong actor within the CATIA community. This one-day conference (October 17th, 2013 in Montreal, Canada) mainly targets professional and academic CATIA users interested in learning more about development related to their CAD environment.

DPS presentation will focus on how leveraging CATIA V5 for integrating and accelerating FEA pre and post-processing using NASTRAN or ABAQUS solvers.

DPS has developed through its agreement with Dassault Systèmes a suite of in-house tools fully integrated into the V5 environment to enhance the use of CATIA V5 and expand it to analysts and CAE engineers. During this conference, attendees will have the opportunity to have a global overview of the tool’s functionalities during the morning session. A technical hands-on workshop will be proposed in the afternoon.

We hope to meet you at the conference, ready to answer your questions and show you how you can increase the power of CATIA thanks to our solutions.

The DPS team
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Friday, 21 June 2013

Half of the year has passed and it is time to think about 2014... Like almost every year, our partner CD-adapco launches its famous calendar contest (click on the link for more details and T&Cs) and is looking for your contributions!

If your creation -designed with CD-adapco's solutions- is selected, not only it will appear on the 2014 calendar but you will also have a chance to win an iPad mini!

Don't loose time! Last year, more than 100 contributions were received last year! Competition will be tough!

Good luck and we look forward to seeing 2014 the way you designed it!
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Our long-term partner Dimensional Control Systems (DCS) will demonstrate the Closed-Loop Quality Solution for aerospace manufacturing at AeroDef Manufacturing 2013. The event will take place March 19-21, 2013 in California, USA and will focus on how to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the Aerospace & Defense industry.

Just to remind you, DCS is a key partner from Dassault Systèmes in the field of quality assurance and variation analysis. Their software 3DCS is fully integrated in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Moreover, and this is why DCS will exhibit at AeroDef Manufacturing 2013, the company has expertise as well as many customers in the industry such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

3DCS Variation Analyst for CATIA V5.

If you wish to see 3DCS in action and understand the kind of challenges it can help you meet, stop by DCS' booth (#740) and meet with Don Jasurda, VP of Sales and Rick Rots, Account Manager.

We hope you will enjoy the visit!

The DCS & PLM MarketPlace teams

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Friday, 07 December 2012

During the last 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM North America taking place last month in Orlando (FL), we had the opportunity to meet Don Jasurda, Vice President of Sales for our partner Dimensional Control Systems Inc (DCS).

DCS has been a Dassault Systèmes' partner for more than ten years now and recently became a V6 Apps Partner. The company provides variation analysis solutions working with CATIA.

Take a look at Don's interview, you will know more about DCS, its software, history, customers and all the benefits you can get by working with them.

Any question? Need more info on a specific aspect of DCS' solutions? Don't hesitate to contact them at or leave your comments below to share with the community!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Thanks to our partner Dimensional Control Systems (aka DCS), SolidWorks 2012 users have now the chance to get variation analysis with 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD.

The benefits are clear for designers and engineers. They will use 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD and SolidWorks software to predict the dimensional variability of their designs and assembly processes so that manufacturing issues can be resolved before production, with optimized tolerances and assembly methods.

All of this, of course, in a shared environment in order to promote better productivity, efficiency and product quality.

You can read more details in the Dassault Systèmes / Dimensional Control Systems joint press release and contact Ben Reese for more information about this new solution.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Engineers across many manufacturing industries are faced with dimensional engineering challenges as their organizations increase the use of automation on the plant floor.

A critical part of the engineers’ dimensional engineering process involves verifying that the parts being produced meet the tolerances and dimensional specifications they’ve outlined. Yet, cycle time reductions resulting from increased automation have limited the windows of time they have to confirm these “as-built” measurements.

This is where having a comprehensive closed-loop dimensional engineering process in place is not only desirable, but necessary.

Closed-loop solutions

In a closed-loop dimensional engineering process, dimensional quality data reports are generated as the product enters preproduction and initial runs begin. Engineers refer to the reports and check key points to ensure that measurement plans for the detail parts are being followed and that end-products achieve the quality targets expected based on the results of all prior steps in the dimensional engineering process. With these results, they are able to quickly conduct root-cause analyses of quality issues as they arise. If the end-products are not achieving the quality expected, engineers can “loop back” to find out where problems originated and initiate corrective actions as needed.

This closed loop approach is referred to as such because it closes the product lifecycle management loop and allows engineers to apply world-class dimensional engineering to their products from start to finish, a critical component of an overall quality program.

While there are many dimensional engineering tools on the market today, few provide meaningful, measurement-based data all the way across the product lifecycle, through the production phase. And even fewer can function well in an automation environment with tight cycle times.

Dimensional Control Systems’ software tools (3DCS and GDM) are among the few that function well in a highly automated event. They provide comprehensive virtual simulation and analyses of variation and tolerances in product design from the initial product development and into production, ensuring that the value of the dimensional analysis is maintained across the full product lifecycle, regardless of cycle time.

The 3DCS software tool is a CAD-based tolerance analysis solution for predicting the amounts of part and process variation and identifying their sources. It allows manufacturers to thoroughly appraise design, fabrication and assembly robustness by quickly evaluating embedded Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), assembly tooling and build sequencing – all well ahead of production release. The 3DCS tool uses a Monte Carlo random number generator to randomly select points, (representing random production builds) within each tolerance and distribution, one sampling at a time. The tolerance simulation identifies areas of concern, potential failure rates, and statistical results for each measurement, such as percent out of specification. A sensitivity analysis then looks at each tolerance as it relates to each measurement, and it identifies the percentage contribution or affect on each measurement.

Based on the output of 3DCS, measurement plans are created with GDM. The plans define which critical-to-quality characteristics are to be inspected for dimensional variability. GDM is a quality data management reporting and monitoring system, which allows users and managers to review and control their processes from anywhere in the world. By providing real-time analysis of measured quality data, trends can be detected and potential problems rectified well before parts or assemblies start to fail more traditional quality checks. For the first time it will be possible to ‘close the loop’ from manufacturing back to design, providing real feedback for engineers, directly improving overall product quality.

By relying on these virtual simulations and feeding measurement inspection data back into the tolerance model, engineers can quickly pinpoint issues and perform corrective actions -- avoiding the need to chase problems through their build process by trial and error.

An example

In a typical application of 3DCS to a product design, the engineer identifies key points within its design that it wants to control closely. For example, key points typically exist where a door fits to a body or a hood interfaces with the headlamp or fender. All parties involved focus on holding these points precisely as the design moves into manufacturing.

While 3DCS can predict and show through virtual simulation the variation of hundreds of features with corresponding measurement points in the design stage, these vast amount of data would be too cumbersome to interpret, and root-cause analyze, for the plant floor engineers in a highly automated environment.

In this environment, the number of points they can actually check must be limited in order to meet their tight cycle-time requirements, and or measurement cell/tooling budget restrictions. When measurements of key points are taken through automated in-line inspection devices, the number of points that can be checked at each manufacturing cell are far fewer than the limits often applied in manual processes.

For example, a manual process on a coordinate measurement machine, or CMM, can easily measure 300-plus points over a couple of hours. To optimize this process for an automated inline application, a 90 percent reduction in points is required.

To meet the constraints of the faster cycle times associated with increased automation, many engineers use the Advanced Analyzer Optimizer (AAO) feature of 3DCS. This feature compares the hundreds of focal features identified through the 3DCS core functions then further sorts them to identify those that have the very highest influence on the overall quality of the product. This process gives engineering and quality to tools to effectively and efficiently identify critical features and plant floor quality tooling requirements.

In practice

America’s premium truck manufacturer, Peterbilt, is one of the companies that can speak to the value of the 3DCS approach. The company has been using 3DCS tools to manage dimensional quality throughout the design process for many years. As it moves more heavily into inline automated process, the company is pleased to be able to extend the value of dimensional engineering more fully into the production environment.

As its use of automation increases, the company believes that having agile dimensional engineering tools built into its quality processes will help it continue to meet quality and cost goals while speeding its product turnaround times.

The flexibility of 3DCS enables Peterbilt engineers to continue to use the power of a closed-loop dimensional engineering approach to identify the key points that most affect the fit, function and finish of their products-- even as the allowable number of points is reduced.

Think about the number of points you are typically able to check using your automated in-line inspection devices. How many key points can you measure within your time constraints? 

How much time can you ultimately save by identifying the key points for measurement? 

The Dimensional Control Systems Inc. Team

Note that the following solutions from DCS Inc. are available on the PLM MarketPlace catalog: 3DCS Advanced Analyzer/Optimizer, 3DCS Analyst CAA V5 Based, 3DCS Designer CAA V5 Based, 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler, Geofactor.

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Yesterday, Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (DCS) has launched their newest product 3DCS Mechanical Variation Analyst (3DCS Mechanical), a new streamlined dimensional analysis solution.

3DCS Mechanical delivers simplified stand-alone modeling of mechanical and kinematic assemblies or as an add-on for 3DCS Variation Analyst, one of the core DCS software platforms. 3DCS Mechanical provides a library of joints and constraints to model assembly processes beyond simple sets. These assemblies can be static, or they can move through a range of motion.

To address the need for advanced non-linear equation solving capabilities within 3DCS Mechanical, DCS relied on the partnership and expertise of Spatial Corp., supplier of the General Geometric Constraint Manager (GGCM) developed by ALS Geometric Software S.A.. Using GGCM, 3DCS Mechanical is able to perform a range of analysis on assemblies that may bind or fail to articulate, allowing problem discovery and resolution in a virtual environment prior to production when escalating costs and project delays can be disastrous.

Complex assembly analysis and advanced non-linear equation solving, combined with large-tolerance joint handling capabilities, are some of the features of GGCM that DCS leveraged. “The partnership between DCS and Spatial provides mutual benefit,” notes Linda Lokay, VP Marketing & Business Development at Spatial, “DCS can deliver key differentiating solutions by partnering with Spatial and Spatial gains better insight and knowledge about the stringent requirements needed by DCS helping advance our components.

We have built this new tool in response to our customer’s needs, and will continue to streamline its functionality to make it the perfect tool for mechanical assemblies,” says John Mathieson, Executive Vice President and COO at DCS, “With the assistance of our partner, Spatial Corp, we have created a unique software solution that raises the bar for variation analysis.

After becoming a V6 Partner, this is another proof of all the capabilities that can be delivered from the strong partnership between Dassault Systèmes and DCS!

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Twelve years after signing its first partnership with Dassault Systèmes, Dimensional Control Systems just became a V6 partner! It means that our joint customers will be offered to have 3DCS Variation Analyst integrated in the V6 platform. They will have the chance to get a streamlined platform supporting tolerance analysis and the management of dimensional quality data within the V6 environment.

From visualizing the impact of design and manufacturing variation of a product’s perceived quality (fit and finish), to comprehensive in-depth tolerance analysis for identification of critical to quality characteristics, to root-cause analysis of variation problems in production, 3DCS covers the scope of dimensional quality while being seamlessly integrated into the V6 environment.

"Industries will benefit from an end to end collaborative process for Mechanical systems Design, Simulation and Manufacturing, allowing designers, manufacturing process planners and tolerancing experts to jointly perform assembly variation analysis to reach increased end Product quality." said Dominique Florack, Dassault Systèmes Senior EVP Research & Development.

Needless to say that the excitement was also shared by our partner DCS: "Tolerance analysis has become so integral to our customers’ product development strategy that a seamless integration into the V6 environment is necessary to keep up with the growing demands of reduced product development time and ever more demanding quality standards.", explains Bob Kaphengst, DCS President and CEO. 

You will hear about the V6 version of 3DCS Variation Analyst very soon. In the meantime, take a moment to discover the V5 version on PLM MarketPlace, see its capabilities, how it works and also some success stories with various customers.

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Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) plays an increasingly critical role in modern Formula 1, not only in the design analysis of vehicle aerodynamics, but also in engine development through advanced in-cylinder simulation. CD-adapco is helping expert engine supplier Renault Sport F1 by providing engineering simulation tools that aid the development of innovative solutions allowing « Powered by Renault » teams to compete at the front of the field again in 2012/13 also to the clean-sheet design of an entirely new power unit for the 2014 season.

Design of Experiment

The Renault Sport F1 engine design engineers use CD-adapco's CFD tools, STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD to rapidly explore new concepts and validate design variables through the use of DOE (Design Of Experiment) thus accelerating the design process by eliminating costly prototyping and testing phases. 

This year, Renault Sport F1 is representing one-quarter of the field by supplying four teams; Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team, Caterham F1 Team and Williams F1 Team. In the previous two seasons, Renault Sport F1 engines have powered Red Bull Racing to consecutive World Championships.

Simulation is vital

Cédric Libert, Head of the simulation department, Renault Sport F1 commented, "CFD technology plays a fundamental role in the design and development of a modern F1 engine. The ability to simulate the behavior and performance of our designs quickly and accurately has a direct influence on our on-track performance. In addition to providing highly optimized solutions for the current V8 era, one of our biggest challenges at the moment is to develop the most innovative, energy saving 1.6 V6 turbocharged engine for the 2014 season. It is very clear that numerical simulation is vital for Renault Sport F1 to be able deliver this brand new F1 engine in less than 30 months. Through the extensive use of DOE, and with CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD solutions and expertise, we can innovate and heavily reduce our time to market. We are pleased to continue our relationship with CD-adapco, an acknowledged leader in this field, as we work towards our 2014 deadline.

CD-adapco leads the race

Like all of the technology associated with Renault Sport F1, CD-adapco's products continue to evolve at great speed in order to stay in front of the competition. CD-adapco provides state-of-the-art simulation technologies for a broad range of applications including engine combustion, intake and exhaust, thermal cooling, batteries, electric motors, and turbochargers.

"Renault Sport F1’s success is built around teamwork and CD-adapco is proud to be a part of that team," said Bill Clark, CD-adapco’s VP Operations. "We have always been recognized as the leading tool in the automotive industry and are happy to continue demonstrating this by collaborating with winning industry partners like Renault Sport F1."

To discover more usages of CD-adapco's CFD solutions in the automotive industry, read the Automotive Special Report and the Automotive brochure.

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