SolidWorks Inspection

SOLIDWORKS® Inspection


Your commitment to quality should not negatively impact your business. You could waste hours every day manually creating documentation for quality inspection. SOLIDWORKS® Inspection helps simplify the process of creating inspection documents and performing in-process or receiving inspection.


Intuitive and easy to use, SOLIDWORKS Inspection helps streamline the creation of documents with balloon callouts and specifications by leveraging existing 2D legacy data regardless of fi le type—SOLIDWORKS files, PDFs, or TIFFs—and automating a manual and tedious process. Measured inspection values can be entered directly, either manually or automatically, using a digital measuring instrument (such as a USB caliper). SOLIDWORKS Inspection helps designers and quality inspectors virtually eliminate errors, SolidWorks Inspectionimprove time-to-market, and ensure parts are within specifi cations for improved quality and optimized fit and function.


Quality control and planning often involve the creation of documents such as drawings with balloon callouts and inspection reports. This time-consuming task is usually the responsibility of designers or quality inspectors. They can spend hours every day manually creating all these documents and ensuring the parts they designed are manufactured according to specifications.


SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection solution that greatly simplifies and automates the reporting process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection is easy-to-use, integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, and available as a standalone application to work with other CAD systems. Companies can easily deploy it, train their quality department, and start to optimize their inspection and quality processes. This saves time, lowers costs, and wins more business by eliminating the bottlenecks in quality inspection and increasing throughput in manufacturing.



Company quality departments are tasked with carrying out the quality inspection process. This often involves the creation of documents such as drawings with balloon callouts, reports for use during inspection, or additional deliverables required with parts.


This time consuming burden is usually the responsibility of designers, engineers, and quality inspectors who can spend hours every day manually creating all these documents. Hundreds of characteristics, dimensions, tolerances, and notes have to be manually entered into a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet.

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In addition, this redundant process is prone to human transcription error that can be costly over time or even jeopardize your quality commitments and certifications.


Any changes to the model by an engineer or customer can cause drawing revisions that require quality inspectors to redo the work and input all the characteristics again.


SOLIDWORKS Inspection streamlines your inspection processes by automating the creation of balloons on engineering drawings, and the creation of inspection data sheets and reports. Sequentially numbered balloons are applied automatically to help you keep track of the dimensions and characteristics to inspect. Accurate bubbled prints and inspection sheets are generated in just minutes. With SOLIDWORKS Inspection, companies have reduced the time to create First Article Inspection packages by up to 90 percent.


BENEFITS SolidWorks Inspection

  • Saves up to 90% of time performing inspections and creating inspection documents.
  • Helps to create detailed reports in minutes.
  • Improves time-to-market.
  • Eliminates errors and inconsistencies.
  • Supports a variety of 2D and 3D CAD data as well as PDF and TIFF files.
  • Complies with industry standards.
  • Quickens Return of Investment (ROI)



CAD Agnostic

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.


Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

When working with a PDF or TIFF drawing, SOLIDWORKS Inspection uses 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. 

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Revision Management

Avoid errors and quickly identify changes using SOLIDWORKS Inspection advanced 2D & 3D comparison tools.


Customizable Inspection Reports

In just a few clicks, you can create industry-compliant inspection reports (such as AS9102, PPAP, and ISO 13485) or use the powerful template editor to develop a report that matches your company’s needs.





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