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What is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection automates the painstaking and often tedious design inspection process. The software enables you to automatically capture inspection dimensions already contained in the models and drawings that are critical to the design’s production. Generate characteristic reports, drawings with ballooned callouts, and workflows quickly and reliably—all delivered in an easy to understand format.

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Inspection Reporting Made Easy

You can create industry-compliant inspection reports or use the powerful template editor to develop a report that matches your company’s needs. The flexibility in reporting allows you to compile multiple measurement methods into one report while seeing visual feedback on compliance status. Create inspection documents from SOLIDWORKS models and drawings or from any standard CAD system using standalone SOLIDWORKS Inspection. Export inspection reports to Microsoft Excel using standard templates.



Advanced tools to help expedite first article and in-process inspection reports

SOLIDWORKS Inspection tools to for automation and project templates

Custom Project Templates
SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows custom project templates to be pre-configured to grab the model or drawing properties that are important to your organization’s needs. The built-in template editor guides the process of building robust report templates. The software can also work with a variety of drawing file types (not just PDF & SOLIDWORKS documents) in both the standalone and add-on versions of SOLIDWORKS Inspection.

Balloon Inspection Dimensions
Automatically balloon inspection dimensions and capture characteristic features with a few clicks. The data is pulled from the product and manufacturing information (PMI) on the drawing or model. Tasks that may have taken days using Excel to copy and paste data are now reduced to a few minutes—freeing important resources to focus on more critical tasks.

Automate Data Entry
Set the parameters only once in SOLIDWORKS Inspection’s templates to follow company or industry standards. Each time the custom template is used, the data automatically populates in the correct location, increasing accuracy and reducing the time it takes to train machine operators and inspectors.

Quality Reports Made Easy  
Most people don’t get into engineering, manufacturing, or quality because they like building reports of characteristics and measurements. But SOLIDWORKS Inspection, both the standalone and plugin version, does its job so well that it makes working with this type of technology fun. What is better than getting a quality job done in a timely manner?

Frequently Asked Questions

This could be a dimension, along with its tolerance style and values. It could be a note, symbology, or other annotation that helps direct the manufacture and production of products. A characteristic is a piece of data that needs to be measured to understand if the value is compliant.

A first article inspection (FAI) report is a collection of characteristics that need to be checked. Usually the list is longer on an FAI as this is typically the first time a design has been produced into a real product. This may included proving a new mold tool, a new process, or technology. The FAI is generally more formal with results being cataloged to compare against future measurements.

Yes, there are multiple project and report templates. These can be used as installed or modified to meet the company’s requirements. AS9102 is a popular FAI report form and is included in the default installation. There are project templates for ANSI b4.1 and ISO 2768 as well as a PPAP report template. You can even start from an existing form that you are already comfortable using for your company.

SOLIDWORKS models and drawings provide the fastest access to its data using the add-on within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. You can also use many other types of “drawing” files. Our standalone version allows you to gather characteristics from PDF, TIFF, DWG/DXF, .prt, .asm, .stp/step, 3DXML, and .catpart/catproduct/catdrawing. Easy to read tutorials make it simple to learn how to automatically leverage your data with SOLIDWORKS Inspection.

OCR is a technology function that allows image files like PDF & TIFF to be analyzed for usable text data. Once converted to text, the data can then be used for SOLIDWORKS Inspection projects, minimizing the need to type in data and reducing the opportunity for errors.

Yes. Most reports are saved as an Excel spreadsheet. Calculations can be developed to process measurements or further automate tasks. Data can be exported to CSV or XML formats to allow for interaction with statistical process control or quality management systems. Ballooned drawings can also be exported to PDF.

Balloons can be any of the border shapes we have within SOLIDWORKS annotations such as triangle, box, flag, diamond, and more. We can control the size, color, and location related to the characteristic as well. Balloons can be included on a drawing layer to allow easy control of the visual status and printing availability.

The main difference is being able to accept measurement data with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional version. You can enter the values manually, read a CMM/Optical measurement report, or take a digital reading directly from an SPC-style caliper/micrometer. It’s a great benefit when you need to report the values for all characteristics or when multiple measurements methods are used because SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional can compile them all. See Matrix Comparison chart of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard vs Professional below:

Although coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) have been around the longest, they are not the only digital devices that verify features. Optical CT and laser scanning have become more common in the industry. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional is able to read most reports with the embedded import templates. PC-DMIS, Keyence, OGP, CMM Manager, MCOSMOS and many others are installed by default. The imports can also be customized to match your measuring systems reports if you have something different.

Each license of SOLIDWORKS Inspection comes with two application interfaces. The Stand-alone is designed to capture characteristics of non-SOLIDWORKS file types like PDF. In the Stand-alone we use OCR to capture the data. This is also where CMM and other measurement data can be gathered. The stand-alone interface is great for inspectors or operators that need to access Inspection projects without having access to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard vs Professional

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional
Create Inspection Reports
Optical Character Recognition
PDF Drawing Comparison and 2D/3D Revision Management
Quality Sampling Plans
Export Options
Automatic Ballooning
Customize Inspection Reports
File Management
Enter and Import Measurements
Highlight Critical Dimensions

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Features

Fast & Accurate Quality Documents

SOLIDWORKS Inspection provides the tools to quickly produce ballooned drawings, First Article, and in-process characteristic reports. Models and drawings typically use an abundance of dimensions, notes, symbols, and frames that depict the importance of features during production. SOLIDWORKS Inspection software understands how to interpret each feature and can organize them into quality reports. Using templates that meet your needs, the software builds reports and ballooned drawings in minutes. Hours can literally be saved on each part number leading to more efficient workflow, reduced costs, and improved communication between engineering and production departments. Couple Inspection with SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model-based definition) software and the time savings get even better.

Learn How To Use SOLIDWORKS Inspection to Create Fast & Accurate Quality Documents
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Works Seamlessly with Many File Types

It’s common to share design information in a PDF or TIFF file of drawings and models. SOLIDWORKS Inspection also recognizes the embedded product manufacturing information (PMI) data in STEP AP 242, PRT, ASM, and DRW file formats. There’s support for CATIA’s CATPart, CATProduct, CATDrawing, and 3DXML. DXF & DWG drawings can be added to the projects, too. Once you extract the needed characteristics from these files, the data can be compiled into reports that can be saved as Excel (XLS), CSV,or XML.

Consolidate Reports

Some products require numerous measurement methods to completely verify compliance. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional’s capability to gather input from manual entry, digital devices, or CMMs make it a great tool to quickly collect data all into one place. The measurement input cells can be set to color-code to highlight features that are compliant in a pass/marginal/fail scale. The captured area of the characteristic will match the color-coding of the cell making it easy to see measurements that may be noncompliant. All data entered in these cells can be displayed in the report export along with its red, yellow, or green (default) coloring scheme.

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Build Report Templates

Combine the power of Excel spreadsheets with the data of SOLIDWORKS Inspection projects to build great reports. The template editor allows you to edit one of the included templates, build your own from scratch, or convert one of your existing forms. Data is segmented into project properties, characteristic features, bill of material fields, measurement values, specification details, and document properties. Each of these can be embedded into the Excel templates at the appropriate places in your forms. All formatting of the cells, borders, fonts, and justifications can be set using commonly known Excel tools. Formulas can be derived and react to the data as its programmatically placed from the SOLIDWORKS Inspection project data.

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