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Michigan-based Dimensional Control Systems (DCS) — now part of Altair Engineering’s Hyperworks Partner Alliance (HWPA) — is offering the 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD (3DCS Multi-CAD) tolerance analysis software, which is suitable for applications in the automotive, aerospace, defence, energy, medical device, consumer electronics and industrial equipment industries.

3DCS Multi-CAD predicts the amount of variation inherent in designs and identifies the sources of that variation.

The software is targeted at any company that manufactures a product and is interested in controlling quality.

According to DCS product manager Dave Johnson, the addition of tolerance analysis to the HWPA will open new doors for dimensional engineering initiatives within companies through the easy access of the alliance and will give users the opportunity to realise the value of 3DCS Multi-CAD with little risk.

Key features and benefits

  • The variation and tolerance analysis software creates a virtual prototype by simulating the assembly process and final product variation; this determines the design’s ability to be manufactured before the first product is even made.
  • The software makes it possible for manufacturers to predict and solve problems before they arise, which in turn helps control costs by reducing the need for redesign and retooling and by avoiding future warranty claims.
  • DCS’s 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (FEA CM) add-on allows users to accurately model the variation of compliant parts and assemblies.
  • FEA CM incorporates variation from clamping, welding, spring-back and stresses on a variety of materials and assembly methods into a 3DCS model.
  • 3DCS Multi-CAD and 3DCS FEA CM provide fast visualisation of deformations and predicted results, as well as targeted studies for the evaluation of advanced design concepts.
  • Tony Norton, Altair’s senior director for global automotive and off-highway vehicles, said that the addition of DCS’s products to the HWPA will help customers increase product quality and save money through reduced scrap rates.

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