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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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Supported 2D files and OCR

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a robust and feature rich First Article Inspection (FAI) tool that greatly simplifies and automates the process of creating inspection drawings and quality inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc). Here is a look at the 2D files that are supported by the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone application. In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 and earlier versions, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone utilizes SOLIDWORKS drawing files, PDF and TIFF documents to capture inspection data by using searchable text or Optical Character Recognition (OCR). What […]

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How Do I Turn Off Inspection Balloons in SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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Once you have finished creating a ballooned drawing with all of your inspection characteristics, SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows you to export your ballooned document to a 2D PDF document that can be opened using any PDF program. One question that came up in support is how can I turn off the Inspection Balloons in the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In so that they do not show up in the PDF file that is created? On the SOLIDWORKS Inspection toolbar on the CommandManager, there […]

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Connect Your SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Ecosystem with SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018

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Connect Your SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Ecosystem with SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 A few years ago, I wrote some introductory blogs on a newer product in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio: Inspection. Those blogs highlighted the benefits of SOLIDWORKS Inspection, in general, and specifically in both the Add-In and Standalone version. You can read those blogs here: (Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3). In this blog, I am going to focus on the Add-In for SOLIDWORKS Inspection. The new enhancements in 2018, you will find, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Standard vs Professional – What’s The Difference?

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Standard vs Professional – What’s The Difference? You have two variants with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard.  There is a stand-alone version and a SOLIDWORKS Add-In you can use while inside SOLIDWORKS which allow you to use PDF, TIFF and of course, SOLIDWORKS files. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional allows users to directly input measured values into an Inspection project to reduce time and help eliminate input (AKA “fat finger”) errors.  The user will have the choice whether to enter the characteristic […]

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