What is Perceived Quality?

Perceived Quality is the quality attributed to a product based on its perceptual experience. This incorporates the experience a customer has with a product and how it makes them feel about that product. 
Bringing together the shape, the appearance, the texture, and physical feel of the product as well as the emotional experience of using the product, Perceived Quality directly affects the opinion of the value of the product. This perceived value then drives the business forward. 
Visualization Export gives engineers the ability to view simulations of their final product's variation to make decisions about design early in the Product Life Cycle that will ultimately affect their customers' Perceived Quality of the product. 
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Perceived Quality Studies are a means of communicating quality objectives and attainable quality levels between Design and Engineering teams. This process incorporates iterative studies to determine acceptable aesthetic levels and then confirms manufacturing's ability to meet those objectives. 

Steps in a Perceived Quality driven PLM Cycle:

  • Design Spec Studies and Visualization
  • Review Specifications (ex. Gap and Flush) and Determine Objectives
  • Create Tolerance Analysis Models and run Monte Carlo Simulations
  • Share and Approve/Reject Results
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Perceived Quality Studies can be used to target specific Gap and Flush conditions to see how variation will affect the appearance of the product. Hood to Fender gaps, rear view mirrors, displays on cameras, panels on consumer goods, seats on snow mobiles. Every product benefits from Perceived Quality Studies. 

Design Spec Studies and Visualization

Create Early Studies

Before getting any manufacturing tolerances, use SPEC STUDIES to set Gap and Flush conditions to determine maximum and minimum acceptable levels.  


  • Design Visualization
  • Add Measurements
  • Review SPEC STUDIES with Visualization (Right example: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE)




Review Spec Studies and Determine Objectives

Make Design Decisions Early to Set Parameters

Review the Spec Studies and share with colleagues to determine maximum and minimum acceptable conditions. Review design options and colors to see how these features affect the appearance of the product. 





Create a 3DCS Model - Prepare Tolerance Analysis

Create a Tolerance Analysis Model to Run Simulations

Complete the Tolerance Analysis Model by adding assembly processes and production tolerances within the given design parameters determined earlier. 


  • Create Moves (Assembly Process)
  • Modify Tolerances to Engineering Specifications
  • Run Monte Carlo Simulations 




Monte Carlo Simulation

Use Simulation to Make Determinations

Monte Carlo Simulation gives statistical probabilities for different variation scenarios. See how these scenario conditions affect your product's appearance.

Just because the design allows the product to be successfully built does not mean it will look good! 


  • See the probability of different conditions based on the design
  • Incorporate influence from assembly processes and engineering specifications
  • Make decisions about acceptable specifications
  • Share SIMULATION STUDIES with colleagues to quickly collaborate


Determine Build Objectives Early in Design

See How Variation Affects Your Product

Reduce the Impact of Variation on Your Product's Perceived Quality

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