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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

For those of you looking for some interesting reading during Summer time (and even after…), we have updated our blogroll. A few 3DS partners have launched their own blog where they share their views, insights, ideas,… on how 3D can change the world we live in.
This is pretty interesting and less formal/corporate than the usual talks we can have and an invitation to debate and express your opinion with the partner and the readers.

So now, update your bookmarks:

- AMD: discover the latest state-of-art 3D graphics cards brought to the market by AMD and fully compatible with Dassault Systèmes' solutions.
- CD-adapco: everything you wanted to know about Computational Fluids Dynamics (aka CFD) is explained here by CD-adapco.
- Creaform: 3D printing is making the buzz at the moment but did you ever consider a technology that works in pairs with it: 3D scanning? Discover the world of 3D handheld scanner with Creaform!
- Dimensional Controls Systems: those of you interested in the world of automotive or aerospace really have to discover the world of tolerance analysis, the world of DCS!
- Golaemhow will a crowd behave in such or such situation? This is the questions Golaem can answer thanks to its simulations tools!
- Theorem Solutions: ever wondered if it was possible to switch from a CAD system to another? Check out how with Theorem Solutions.

And of course, there is the Dassault Systèmes blog, the place to discover more 3D experiences, to learn more about the world of 3DS and share your vision of the 3D with the community!

Enjoy all these valuable sources of content and ways to exchange and have a great Summer time!

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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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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Don Jasurda, VP of Sales, and Rick Rots, Account Manager, of Dimensional Control Systems (DCS), a developer of dimensional quality solutions, will be attending the upcoming SolidWorks World 2013 International Reseller and User Conference and Exposition. The event will be held January 20 through the 23 in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Orlando, Florida.

DCS is excited to have the opportunity to meet with SolidWorks’ resellers as well as demonstrate to SolidWorks’ users the functionality of 3DCS Variation Analyst with SolidWorks CAD. Leveraging their 12 years of experience as a CATIA V5 Gold Software Partner, DCS looks to carry that same success beyond CATIA into SolidWorks.

To learn more or to see a live demonstration, stop by kiosk 1144-C at SolidWorks World 2013 or visit DCS on the web at

The DCS Team

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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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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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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On May 22nd and 23rd, the DCS Global Technology & User Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan. This will be a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge in advanced “robust” design processes and the integration of tolerance analysis and quality data management into those processes.

During these two days, DCS' experts, customers and partners will share their best practices, success stories and latest innovations. It is a huge opportunity to increase your productivity and maximize your return on investment.

Last but not least, some prestigious customers will be on stage sharing their experience using DCS solutions: Bombardier, ITER, GM, Chrysler, Embraer, Jaguar Land Rover, Boeing, Daimler, Tata Consultancy Services,...

It is still time to register for the DCS Global Technology & User Conference! For any question, please contact

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