Improve your technical communication with 3D product manufacturing information, automated creation of inspection documents and re-purposing of your existing design data.

Streamline in-process inspection through the automated creation of
ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports.

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.

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Fully flexible

Fully flexible

Leverage legacy data regardless of whether you have SOLIDWORKS files, PDFs, or TIFFs.

Easy to use

Easy to use

Create inspection reports and ballooned drawings in minutes, not hours.

Faster inspection

Faster inspection

Get your inspection done quicker and get your product to market before the competition.

Inspection documentation made easy.

Standalone or integrated

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 can instruct 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.

Inspection done better and quicker than ever before.

Handle revisions with ease

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

Reduce time to market

Powerful, user-customisable 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 inconsistencies.

Faster inspection

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

Which SOLIDWORKS Inspection package is right for you?

It depends on what type of products you design, what type of functionality you need and the skills and experience you already have.

Use this matrix to see what functionality is in what product.

Product feature SOLIDWORKS Inspection StandardStand. SOLIDWORKS Inspection ProfessionalPro.
+SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-on
  • SOLIDWORKS embedded add-in
  • SOLIDWORKS drawing native file support
  • Automatic balloon creation
  • Balloon creation of inspection dimension only
  • Balloon formatting
  • Drawing revisions
  • User defined inspection methods and processes
  • Quality sampling plans
Yes Yes
+SOLIDWORKS Inspection stand-alone
  • Standalone application
  • PDF and TIFF files support (.pdf, .tif, .tiff)
  • Searchable text recognition
  • Optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Customisable recognition engine
  • Selective recapture
  • Nominal value and plus/minus tolerances
  • Vertical and rotated dimensions
  • Bilateral default tolerances
  • Plus/plus and minus/minus tolerances
  • Upper and lower limits calculation
  • Note, GD&T and finish symbols
  • Automatic balloon creation of captured characteristics
  • Multi-page drawing support
  • Multiple drawing per project
  • Compare drawing revisions
  • Customisable grid
Yes Yes
+Quality systems integration
  • Export to XML
Yes Yes
+Report generation
  • Export ballooned drawing to PDF
  • Export inspection report to Microsoft Excel
  • Template editor
  • Predefined industry standards templates (AS9102, PPAP etc)
Yes Yes
+Result input
  • Characteristics measurements input
  • Digital measuring tools support (digital calliper etc)
  • CMM data import (PC-DMIS, Calypso, Faro CAM2)
  • CMM template editor
  • Automatic verification
  • Colour-coded characteristics (pass, marginal, fail)
  • Export measurements

Other SOLIDWORKS Technical Communications products are available.