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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 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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