Troy-based Dimensional Control Systems Wednesday announced the release of version 7.0 of its quality data analysis and reporting software, GDM-3D, with enhancements that the company says dramatically increase efficiencies for users.

DCS says GDM-3D is now the industry’s only quality data analysis software that can support all CAD file formats. 
Virtually all engineers use CAD software to design products and assemblies, and many also use geometric dimension management and variation analysis software for improved quality control. With other products, engineers have to go through additional steps to have this latter software “translated” for use with its CAD system. With the new GDM-3D software, that translation happens automatically, regardless of which CAD system is in use.

This new software includes built-in CAD translation that allows users to work directly, and seamlessly, with CAD file formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, ProEngineer, UG-NX, Parasolid, Solidworks and JT.

“GDM-3D’s multi-CAD capabilities in Version 7.0 bring even more flexibility, contributing to a level of efficiency users can’t get from any other product,” said Thagu Vivek, product development manager. “Its
seamless links to 3DCS software and its built-in CAD translation set this product apart for its users. While similar products on the market include support for a few select CAD systems with limited functionality, no other product that we know of has built-in translators to support all of them while maintaining a powerful, user-friendly report generation and analysis tool set.”

Other enhancements that make GDM-3D Version 7.0 even easier to use than previous versions include:

* All menu icons updated with more user-friendly and graphical images
* The ability to create and display new measurements based on measured features
*The ability to auto-distribute charts to new pages based on various feature parameters
* The ability to group charts and create report pages based on color-coded pass-fail criteria
* The ability to group edit parameters for any selected set of charts in a report
* Visual improvements and cleaner, more streamlined images
* Customizable report formats to export reported data and statistics to Excel, pdf or html

Established in 1994, DCS is a privately held company with partners and customers around the world. Organizations like Airbus, BMW, Boeing, Chrysler, Daimler AG, Embraer, General Motors, Herman Miller, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Volkswagen, and many major tier-one and tier-two suppliers use DCS solutions to optimize product design and manufacturing processes, improve quality, and reduce program cost and timing.

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