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 to organize inspection documents by type automatically when exporting them from SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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There are several organizations that would like to have their FAI/In Process reports separated by either dimensions or method of measurement. I am sure there are several other ways companies would organize their inspection documents, so this process can be used in other ways. Lets dive into the different ways documents can be separated. For those of you who are excel guru’s, you can use an IF and Then formula. Perhaps you can even write a macro to hide certain […]

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What’s New In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2016

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In my last two blogs we talked about the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In and the Standalone application. Now that we’ve talked about both of these and how they can really help streamline creating your inspection documentation, let’s take a look at some enhancements that were added in 2016 to make this product even better. First, when you have a ballooned drawing directly in SOLIDWORKS, whether it has a lot of dimensions or not, it can be difficult to quickly find which […]

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Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone Application

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Last we talked, we went through how to easily create an inspection report utilizing your Solidworks drawing and the Inspection Add-In, but I left you hanging on how you can benefit from using the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone application, which Inspection also comes with. This completely standalone application is beneficial for a few reasons. First, as I mentioned in the last blog, you can export those quickly created ballooned drawings into an inspection project and open in this application. This allows […]

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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Inspection

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One of the most important, but often underappreciated, tasks of releasing a product is the inspection process.  It can be a long, laborious job, often done manually.  You could have the greatest new idea and design everything perfectly (hopefully in SOLIDWORKS!), but if you use parts that do not meet your specifications, it will not matter.  So why treat that process like you are all the way back in 2013? In 2014, SOLIDWORKS introduced SOLIDWORKS Inspection, to help you streamline […]

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CATI 3D Scanning Product Announcement Part 2

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CATI is proud to announce a new addition to our 3D printing lineup…….CREAFORM In my previous article, I introduced you to the CREAFORM lineup of handheld 3D scanners. We discussed data acquisition and working with VXelements to produce an stl file and VXmodel for reverse engineering and direct file translation into SOLIDWORKS. Is it possible to use the CREAFORM scanners for quality control, inspection, color mapping GD&T, excel reports, and first article inspection? The answer is yes. The same way VXmodel […]

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CATI 3D Scanning Product Announcement

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CATI is proud to announce a new addition to our 3D printing lineup… CREAFORM 3D Scanners Do you find yourself in the situation of having legacy parts without having either the 2D drawing or 3D CAD? Instead of hand measuring and designing the part “from scratch” why not scan the object to get the information you need. Do you outsource work to vendors and have a need to verify the parts received to the CAD model? Do you manufacture parts and […]

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Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool. SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need..   Every license of Inspection […]

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Enterprise tracks inspection records

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If you work for a company that needs to inspect your designs periodically after they are built, SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM can be a great tool to help you keep track of these inspections. Most people’s first reaction would be to simply “Paste as Reference” the inspection record sheet to the inspected part. However to do this, after every inspection you would need to check out the part – typically creating a new revision of the part. Since an inspection shouldn’t […]

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