Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) announced a new partnership with Dimensional Control Systems (DCS). The company's product, 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD (3DCS Multi-CAD), performs tolerance analysis, predicting the amount of variation inherent in designs and identifying the sources of that variation. While 3DCS is best known in the automotive industry, it is also applied in aerospace, defense, energy, medical device, consumer electronics and industrial equipment.
"We look forward to the new opportunities presented by being a part of the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, as well as the value this partnership will provide to both companies," said DCS product manager Dave Johnson. "The addition of tolerance analysis will open new doors for dimensional engineering initiatives within companies through the easy access of the HWPA and allow users the opportunity to realize the value of 3DCS Multi-CAD with little risk."
3DCS Multi-CAD adds capability to the HWPA in a discipline that was previously unavailable within the program, the company says. 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 ever made.
In addition to 3DCS Multi-CAD, DCS is providing 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (FEA CM) as an add-on solution to allow users to accurately model variation of compliant parts and assemblies. FEA CM incorporates variation from clamping, welding, springback and stresses on an array of materials and assembly methods into a 3DCS model.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.