SOLIDWORKS Inspection

What Is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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The premise of SOLIDWORKS Inspection is simple: a tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation. This can normally be a long and tedious task. Deciding what version you want, or need, could be a little trickier. There is Inspection Standard and Professional. There are multiple interfaces: the Standalone and the Add-In. And there are also the Standalone and Network options. Well, let’s try to clarify that a little bit here. First, whether you have Inspection Standard or […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Finding Characteristics with Ease Using a Grid

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Quickly finding a characteristic on a ballooned drawing can be difficult, especially as the drawings get larger and the number of characteristics increase. Grids can be a great way to help easily identify where a characteristic is on an inspection drawing. Even if your drawing already has a grid on it, you would still need to assign those locations to your characteristics. In SOLIDWORKS Inspection, such grids can be easily added, as well as the locations for each characteristic. Within […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Revving Up

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With any inspection documentation, having a clear plan for revisioning is a must have if not a requirement per certain standards. If you are currently using or investigating SOLIDWORKS Inspection and plan to use the standalone version, this will detail the path required to revision drawings. A first step to consider is comparing the two drawings first to see what changes have occurred prior to replacement. This can help to mentally identify dimensions that were added or changed. Dimensions that […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide Part 4 –Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all these products are installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager, you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Inspection

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is great application to use for your quality control teams inspection documentation needs. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 you now have better ways to leverage your inspection template file default locations, more customizable grids, the ability to open SOLIDWORKS parts with 3D annotations, and lastly you have better VDA balloon control in your ballooned drawings. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In: In SOLIDWORKS 2021 you can now go into your System Options and map your Inspection Project and Report templates […]

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Create Multiple Balloon Sequences with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone is a great tool to aid in creating your inspection documentation when you do not have a SOLIDWORKS drawing, or access to SOLIDWORKS. For some, what you may lose in having direct access to the SOLIDWORKS file itself, you gain in flexibility of how you can customize the ballooned drawing. In this blog, we will go over one of those things: Sequencing. When ballooning a drawing, even a simple one, it may be necessary to have different […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Template Types for CMM Data

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There are two critical differences between SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard and Professional. One difference is that in the Professional version, you can enter measured values for each characteristic directly into a project either manually or by using a digital caliper. The other difference is that Professional can import Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) results. There are many different brands that process CMM data as well as the different software that does it. However, a good example of how the data should be […]

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Import CMM Measurements Into SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

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After obtaining your measurement values from your Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), how do you reconcile them with the expected values from the drawing? With SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional, you can import them into your Inspection project and they will map to the appropriate characteristics. First, be sure you have the option turned on in the standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional. After opening Inspection, go to Home > Options > General > Add-ins > Measurements Input and CMM Data Import. Next, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

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Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

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Reordering your SOLIDWORKS Inspection Project

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The idea for this post is the result of a recent SOLIDWORKS Inspection tech support call. It’s a very simple question, “how do I change the order of my ballooned characteristics in my SOLIDWORKS Inspection project?” Maybe before we discuss how to change the order of the characteristics, we should talk about how they’re added in the first place. In these examples, I’ll be setting up a SOLIDWORKS Inspection project using the SOLIDWORKS Add-In. Automatic Extraction The order of the […]

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