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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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 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 of these products are now installed through 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 of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a great tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation.  2018 saw huge gains, not only in functionality(Standalone / Add-In), but also in the file types that could be used.  The efficiency in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 continues. In 2019, the Bill of Characteristics in the Add-In has been redesigned for better clarity, ease of use, and functionality.  It is now laid out in a grid format which allows you to much more clearly see how […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in Balloons and Balloon Properties

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Customizing balloons may be necessary to properly define dimension, notes and annotations. The Balloons can help identify between these different classifications. The SOLIDWORKS Inspection balloons aspects that can be customized are: Color Prefix Text Size Balloon Shape Fit This can be applied: To Individual Balloons To Multiple Balloons At the document level To Balloon Themes based on Classification To add balloons in the native SOLIDWORKS, create a new inspection project. This causes the balloons to automatically populate. To make a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modifying SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone Report Templates

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In some cases the standard SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report templates do not meet your specific needs. To modify existing report templates the Template Editor is used. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to modify a SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report template. Start by opening an existing project and clicking File, Template Editor. Click AS9102.xlt and click open. Microsoft Excel template opens and the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Template Editor dialogue box appears. This is the template we will modify. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Training and Quick Start Guides

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What is SOLIDWORKS® Inspection and how will it help you? The SOLIDWORKS® Inspection add-in automates the ballooning of engineering drawings and 3D files with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). Thus, minimizing the time needed to record inspection measurements. SOLIDWORKS Inspection streamlines the creation of industry-standard inspection reports. View the full datasheet for SOLIDWORKS Inspection here. Wondering how to get started? There are three main roads that can lead to a better understanding of SOLIDWORKS Inspection. Internal documentation The SOLIDWORKS Inspection […]

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Getting the most out of the OCR in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

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The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine is the foundation that gives SOLIDWORKS Inspection (standalone) its power and makes it so easy to use. Having a high quality and clear PDF goes a long way in SOLIDWORKS Inspection. You can capture your characteristics as fast as you can drag windows around them. Let’s look at a few tools and techniques that can further improve the OCR capture success. The first step is to set the OCR dictionary to a font that […]

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