Quality Magazine

Tesla Motors Selects DCS Tolerance Analysis Solution

August 17, 2010

TROY, MI--Dimensional Control Systems Inc. (DCS), provider of dimensional engineering software solutions and consulting services, announced that Tesla Motors has selected 1DCS and 3DCS solutions to provide tolerance analysis as part of the company’s commitment to lead the automotive industry in quality with the development of the Model S.

Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer based in Palo Alto, California, launched 1DCS and 3DCS in late spring. Tesla’s design engineers are using 1DCS in the earliest stages of product development to explore hypothetical designs for rapid evaluation and iteration throughout development of the Model S. 3DCS will provide the tools to run precise tolerance analyses of the Model S design and the associated manufacturing process using the Functional Tolerancing and Analysis (FTA) process in CATIA.

“We are pushing the automotive and engineering limits at Tesla in our development of the Model S,” says Tesla Motors Dimensional Engineering Manager Steve Bannasch. “To ensure our cars are first in quality, we must be the very best in fit and finish. DCS allows us to achieve our goals without adding unnecessary cost.”

“Their solution is completely integrated with CATIA and provides the most flexibility of design,” continues Bannasch. “The DCS team has clearly taken the time to research the differences between rigid and flexible materials and the impact they have on tolerances.”

“With 3DCS, engineers view exactly how assemblies fit together and they optimize tolerances to better achieve their quality targets,” says DCS Chief Operations Officer John Mathieson. “We are pleased that Tesla has partnered with DCS in our mutual commitment to quality by using our software so early in their design process. This is the most effective way to ensure Tesla vehicles will be the very best in the industry.”