Reduce the time needed to create inspection documentation, helping to eliminate input errors, improve quality, and reduce time to market.

SolidWorks Inspection

SolidWorks Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that streamlines and automates the creation of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.). SolidWorks Inspection consists of a stand-alone application and a SolidWorks add-in that enables users to leverage their legacy data regardless of whether they have SolidWorks files, PDFs, or TIFFs. SolidWorks Inspection is a simple and intuitive application that can reduce the time needed to create inspection documentation by up to 90 percent, and helps to virtually eliminate input errors, thus improving quality and reducing time-to-market. SolidWorks Inspection Professional extends capabilities by giving users multiple ways to enter measured values directly into the project to help simplify part inspection. Each characteristic value can be entered manually, by using a digital caliper, or by importing coordinate measuring machine (CMM) results.

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Which SOLIDWORKS Inspection package is right for you?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard is a First Article and in-process inspection solution that streamlines the creation of inspection documentation. A standalone application and an embedded SOLIDWORKS add-in, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard enables you to leverage legacy data regardless of the file type.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional extends SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard capabilities and lets you manually or semi-automatically enter measured values directly into an inspection project. With SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional, you can work directly with 2D/3D CAD data and streamlined workflows.


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Improved and Streamlined Inspection Workflows

Leverage the SOLIDWORKS add-in or the dedicated standalone application to create detailed inspection reports regardless of the workflow.

PDF/TIFF File Support

Extract characteristic information from 2D PDF (included encrypted documents) and TIFF Files.

DXF/DWG File Support

Create inspection projects directly from native DXF/DWG files.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing File Support

Quickly balloon and created inspection reports from SOLIDWORKS Drawings.

Optical Character Recognition

When working with a PDF file or TIFF image, SOLIDWORKS Inspection can leverage Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read and identify the nominal dimension, plus and minus tolerances, and the type of dimension (such as diametric or linear), helping to virtually eliminate manual input and reduce errors. It works with horizontal and vertical dimensions, split dimensions, notes, hole callouts, finish symbols, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols.

Automatic Ballooning

Automatically extract and balloon inspection dimensions from 2D and 3D CAD files, and specific PDF documents.

Customize Inspection Reports

Create and manage the Bill of Characteristics (BOCs), change the ordering, edit the numbering or group/ungroup characteristics. Define tolerance tables to standardize inspection reports and requirements.

Ballooned Drawing Appearance

Customize the inspection bubble shapes, color, and size. Define presets and apply styles based on parameters such as criticity or inspection method. Adjust balloon's placement.

PDF Drawing Comparison and 2D/3D Revision Management

Compare drawings, 2D or 3D CAD files’ revisions to quickly identify changes and update quality project.

Quality Sampling Plans

Effectively plan quality control by defining Acceptance Quality Limit (AQL) and calculating sample size, accept, and reject criteria.

Quality Systems Integration

Export inspection data to quality systems and databases using CSV or XML output formats. Publish directly to Net-Inspect.

Inspection Reports

Export finished ballooned drawings as PDFs or 3D PDFs (when working with 3D CAD files). Export inspection reports to Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets using standard templates such as AS9102 or Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) forms or customized Excel templates.

SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly File Support

Leverage SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) to streamline the creation of inspection reports.

2D/3D CAD File Support

Open and extract information from other 2D/3D CAD files to create your inspection reports.

Inspection Measurements

Enter measured values for each characteristic directly into an inspection project either manually or by using a digital caliper. Import results from Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).

Graphical Pass/Fail Status

Highlight dimensions in green, red, or yellow to easily identify which dimensions are In Tolerance, Out of Tolerance, or Marginally within Tolerance based on the values entered or imported CMM results.

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Listed below, are some of the powerful features that SolidWorks Inspection users benefit from. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact us.

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Intuitive and easy to use, SolidWorks Inspection enables you to create inspection reports and ballooned drawings in just minutes, for time savings of up to 90 percent.

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You can create your inspection documents regardless of your existing CAD system, using either the standalone SOLIDWORKS Inspection application or the integrated SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in.

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The SolidWorks Electrical Professional package combines the electrical schematic design capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical with the 3D capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical 3D in one convenient package. Single-line and multi-line schematic tools, including an integrated library of thousands of symbols and parts, enable quick planning of your embedded electrical system. Design teams can work concurrently on one or more projects and keep all work current with real-time bi-directional updates. You can integrate SolidWorks Electrical schematics with the 3D model and then place 3D versions of all electrical parts into the model, creating paths and connections with wires/cables/harnesses. All work in 2D and 3D is synchronized in real time, and you can create fully integrated BOMs that include both mechanical and electrical parts.

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Avoid errors and quickly identify changes using SolidWorks Inspection advanced drawing comparison tool.

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Powerful, user-customizable report formats allow you to create industry standard inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.) and ballooned drawings in just a few clicks, helping to avoid errors and inconsistences.

SolidWorks Inspection

Inspect your parts, directly type in measured values, use a digital caliper, or import results from a coordinate measuring machine (CMM).

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