3DCS Variation Analyst for SOLIDWORKS

Improve Your Products In SOLIDWORKS with Dimensional Analysis 


   Predict - the assembly variation 

React - to specific contributors

                 Control - costs and dimensional integrity



 3DCS Variation Analyst for SOLIDWORKS

Use Manufacturing Data to Model Faster



3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD works directly with your SOLIDWORKS models. Apply powerful dimensional analysis, incorporating both part and process variation, determining key quality characteristics, contributors to variation and build issues before production begins.  

As a SOLIDWORKS solution, 3DCS utilizes SOLIDWORKS *.sldprt, *.sldasm, *.slddrw files, allowing it to  work directly with the CAD and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) for fast and comprehensive tolerance analysis.

Creating a virtual prototype with 3DCS lets you simulate assembly and manufacturing of your product early in the product life cycle, and then empowering you to design out issues that increase the cost of quality in the form of scrap, rework and warranty claims. 







 DCS is a Certified Solution Partner for SOLIDWORKS

DCS is a Certified Solution Partner for SOLIDWORKS



A SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner Product, 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD, allows users to work directly with the CAD data to quickly and easily create tolerance analysis models.

The combination of 3DCS and SOLIDWORKS brings high-level tools together into a shared environment in order to promote better productivity, efficiency and product quality.






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Washer and dryer modeled in 3DCS with Advanced Visualization


Benefits of Dimensional Analysis in SOLIDWORKS 


Optimize Product Designs and Processes

3DCS variation Analyst Multi-CAD allows users the ability to evaluate design and assembly concepts up front, where problems can be identified early in the product development lifecycle. 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 development time, accelerate time to market and reduce costs by utilizing the capabilities of 3DCS for digital prototyping. By maximizing part tolerances while controlling dimensional requirements, manufacturing costs can be reduced with less rework to tools and gages, minimized scrap and reduced warranty defects. 3DCS Analyst SA reduces your bottom line and significantly improves product quality by validating that parts fit and function together before design release and throughout production.


Benefit Summary:

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



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






Perceived Quality: Add High End Visualization to Your 3D CAD


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. 

Having the ability to assess dimensional build specifications, or customers “Perceived Quality” of fit and finish characteristics, in the digital concept design phase with advanced photo-realistic visualization offers manufacturing companies a way to test product quality before the costly investment in tooling begins. 

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


 Click to learn more about 3DCS Spec Studies


3DCS Add-On Modules

Customize your software to your company’s needs.


3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler

3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (3DCS CM) 

Simulates compliant parts 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
  • Target mode for advance design evaluations

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

3DCS Mechanical Modeler


3DCS Mechanical Modeler (3DCS MM) 

Model complex mechanical assemblies, solve over-constrained parts and speed up the modeling process. 

Key Product Features & Benefits
  • Specialized Kinematic Routines - Analyze kinematic systems
  • Library of Joint and Constraint Moves - Model complex mechanical assemblies.
  • Unique Kinematic Solver - Solve over constrained assemblies.
  • Automatic Extraction - Pull the assembly process directly from CAD. 
  • New Move Routines - Model faster and more efficiently

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

3DCS Geofactor


3DCS Geometric Factor Analyzer (3DCS GFA) 

Assess the mathematical relationships of parts in your assembly.

Key Product Features & Benefits
  • Determines how tolerances are amplified by part geometry
  • Find mathematical relationships between tolerances

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

3DCS Advanced Analyzer/Optimizer


3DCS Advanced Analyzer and Optimizer (3DCS AAO) 

With two tools in one, 3DCS AAO provides the ability to precisely Analyze contributors to variation and Optimize for cost and quality.

3DCS Analyzer

  • Quickly identify contributors to variation 
  • Analysis at any level within the assembly process
  • Work with large numbers of measures and tolerances at the same time

3DCS Optimizer

  • Optimize with automated tools based on parameters or set values.

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


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)


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


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