3DCS Variation Analyst for Creo

Tolerance Analysis Fully Integrated Into PTC Creo CAD


 Predict - the assembly variation

React - to specific contributors

                Control - costs and dimensional integrity



 3DCS Variation Analyst for Creo


3DCS is now fully integrated into PTC Creo



 As the standard for variation analysis software across the automotive and aerospace industries, 3DCS software offers powerful tools for engineers and designers to simulate their product’s assembly process and 3D tolerance stack-up to reduce scrap and rework as well as quality issues that could lead to warranty and liability claims.

By integrating 3DCS into CREO, DCS has made it easier for CREO users to adopt tolerance analysis methods. With the ability to use embedded GD&T and tools from CREO, new users will be able to spend less time training and more time modeling. With powerful optimization and analysis tools at their fingertips, CREO users can now reduce manufacturing and assembly issues by simulating and controlling variation.





What Does an Integrated Version of 3DCS Offer?

Specifically, an integration with Creo gives users the ability to:

  • Store 3DCS data in their Creo Assembly - Keep all of your data in one place
  • Utilize Windchill - As the data is stored with the Creo model, using Windchill to manage the Creo model in turn manages the 3DCS data 
  • Extract and use Creo GD&T and Joints and Constraints - Use the embedded GD&T in the CAD model to create tolerances 
  • Take advantage of the Creo assembly structure 
  • Combine Point and Feature Based modeling
  • Gain access to seamless data sharing between 3DCS and Creo - No loss of data through translation  
  • Create Measurement Point Coordination between Creo CAD and 3DCS 


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 Variation Analysis Examples


 Computer Mouse Assembled Mouse Measurement  Mouse Move  Mouse Monte Carlo Analysis  Smartphone Analysis  

Benefits of Dimensional Analysis with 3DCS 

Optimize Product Designs and Processes

3DCS Variation Analyst for Creo allows users the ability to evaluate design and assembly concepts up front, where problems can be identified early in the product development life cycle. Optimizing for dimensional integrity improves the robustness of your design and process by maximizing part tolerances while maintaining the dimensional requirements of your final assembly.

Reduce Cycle Time and Rework Costs

Shorten your development time, accelerate time to market and reduce costs by utilizing the capabilities of 3DCS Variation Analyst for Pro/Engineer and Creo for digital prototyping. By maximizing part tolerances while controlling dimensional requirements, manufacturing costs can be reduced with less rework to tools and gages, minimizing scrap and reducing warranty defects. 3DCS helps your bottom line and significantly improves product quality by validating that parts fit and function together before design release and throughout production.


Analyze Process and Part Variation

 Analyze both part and process variation

Benefits Summary:

  • Identify Assembly Variation during the design phases rather than in production
  • Reduce tooling and fixture changes resulting in dramatic cost reductions
  • Identify Key Product Characteristics based on a true Virtual Prototype
  • Increase Tolerances of less critical features 
  • Increase Product Quality 
  • Reduce Scrap Rate and Warranty Defects


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One Button Dimensional Analysis Report Creation


Ever waste days and weeks just compiling your results into reports?


3DCS lets you create your reports with a single button push.

What used to take days will now take minutes at most. 3DCS automatically compiles images, graphs, charts, tables and data into a linked report available in many different formats.


Tolerance Analysis Report Example



Process Capability Database: Faster Modeling with Manufacturing Data



Faster, more accurate and more consistent modeling using real tolerance process data


Create a database with your historical data or knowledge base and apply it to your models, linking set tolerances on features and points to tolerances set in the database. Link one or multiply tolerances to the same parameters in your database, and update all of your tolerances with the push of a button.

Find out how to speed up your modeling with this short video





Color Mapping: View Variation and Identify Problem Areas




Color Mapping lets the user quickly identify problem areas, and communicate this information visually. As 3DCS is able to model both assembly variation as well as part variation, Color Mapping can be customized to show only the process variation from assembly, letting engineers isolate different kinds of variation on their model.

Click here to learn more with an introductory video on Color Mapping






Spec Study Improves Perceived Quality



Perceived Quality Spec Stud

Show variation directly on your virtual prototype!

(Model for demonstration purposes)



Spec Study applies advanced photo realistic rendering along with part and assembly variation, allowing easy identification of tolerance requirements for styling, management, design studio, and engineering to cost effectively establish dimensional specifications that will allow your designs to meet market quality perspectives. 


  • View Build Specifications
  • Test Variants
  • See Tolerances on Photo-Realistic Images
  • Test Final Product Quality in Early in Design


Click here to learn more about Spec Studies





 3DCS Add-On Modules

Use Add-on modules to meet specific project needs, and increase 3DCS's functionality.


3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler

3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (3DCS CM) 

Incorporate Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to simulate compliant part and assembly deformation resulting from manufacturing operations such as clamping, welding, thermal, gravity and force application.

Key Product Features & Benefits

  • Visualize deformation
  • Supports numerous FEA Pre & Post Processors
  • Accurate analysis of compliant parts
  • Multi-stage variation analysis

 -Available for 3DCS Variation Analyst (V5, Multi-CAD, V6, Creo)

3DCS Mechanical Modeler


3DCS Mechanical Modeler (3DCS MM) 

Model complex mechanical assemblies, solves over-constrained assemblies, and speeds up the modeling process. 

Key Product Features & Benefits
  • Specialized Kinematic Routines - Allow for mechanical systems to be analyzed
  • Library of Joints and Constraints - Model complex mechanical assemblies.
  • Unique Kinematic Solver - Solve over-constrained assemblies.

 -Available for 3DCS Variation Analyst (V5, Multi-CAD, V6, Creo)

3DCS Geofactor


3DCS Geometric Factor Analyzer (3DCS GFA) 

Assess the geometric effect of part interfaces and locating strategies, assembly sequence and assembly process during the design phase; where changes are most cost effective. 

Key Product Features & Benefits
  • Geometric Factor or Coefficient of Influence
  • A coefficient to establish the ‘real’ tolerance effect
  • Determines how tolerance is amplified by part geometry
  • Focuses on the design integrity, not the tolerances
  • Provides numerical value for design validation

-Available for 3DCS Variation Analyst (V5, Multi-CAD, V6, Creo)

3DCS Advanced Analyzer/Optimizer


3DCS Advanced Analyzer and Optimizer (3DCS AAO) 

Two tools in one provide the ability to precisely Analyze contributors to variation and Optimize component tolerances and associated costs.

3DCS Analyzer

  • Real time analysis
  • Quickly identify contributors to variation
  • Analysis at any level within the assembly process

3DCS Optimizer

  • Optimize for quality 
  • Optimize for cost

-Available for 3DCS Variation Analyst (V5, Multi-CAD, V6, Creo)


3DCS Visualization Export  (3DCS VE)

With the push of  a button, quickly and easily export all of your Spec Studies and models into 3DEXCite Deltagen or other visualization tools to add V-Ray and High-End Visualization.  

Key Product Features and Benefits

  • One button export from 3DCS to Deltagen
  • Automatically convert 3DCS materials into Deltagen materials
  • Create interactive flash presentations view-able on any flash capable device
  • Toggle through multiple views and tolerance specifications to see the visual impact

-Available for 3DCS Variation Analyst (V5, Multi-CAD, V6, Creo)


Would you like to see the software for yourself? Request a free demo of 3DCS 


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