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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is an easy to use, SOLIDWORKS CAD integrated solution for automating your company's first article inspection process and documentation.

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection solution that greatly simplifies and automates the reporting process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection is easy to use, integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, and available as a standalone application to work with other CAD systems.

Companies can easily deploy it, train their quality departments, and start to optimize their inspection and quality processes. This saves time, lowers costs, and wins more business by eliminating the bottlenecks in quality inspection and increasing throughput in manufacturing.

  • CAD Agnostic

  • Optical Character Recognition

  • Revision Management

  • 2D and 3D Comparison Tools

  • Customizable Inspection Reports

  • Meets Industry Standards

  • Automated Processes

Which SOLIDWORKS Inspection package is right for you?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard


SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard is a simple and intuitive application that reduces the time needed to create inspection documentation by up to 90%, and virtually eliminates errors inherent to any manual process, thus improving quality and reducing time to market.


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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional


SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional extends SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard capabilities and lets you manually or semi-automatically enter measured values directly into an inspection project. With SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional, you can work directly with 2D/3D CAD data and streamlined workflows.


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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Features Inspection Standard Inspection Professional
Improved and Streamlined Inspection Workflows Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Leverage the SOLIDWORKS add-in or the dedicated standalone application to create detailed inspection reports regardless of the workflow.

PDF/TIFF File Support Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Extract characteristic information from 2D PDF (included encrypted documents) and TIFF Files.

DXF/DWG File Support Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Create inspection projects directly from native DXF/DWG files.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing File Support Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Quickly balloon and created inspection reports from SOLIDWORKS Drawings.

Optical Character Recognition Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

When working with a PDF file or TIFF image, SOLIDWORKS Inspection can leverage Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read and identify the nominal dimension, plus and minus tolerances, and the type of dimension (such as diametric or linear), helping to virtually eliminate manual input and reduce errors. It works with horizontal and vertical dimensions, split dimensions, notes, hole callouts, finish symbols, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols.

Automatic Ballooning Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Automatically extract and balloon inspection dimensions from 2D and 3D CAD files, and specific PDF documents.

Customize Inspection Reports Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Create and manage the Bill of Characteristics (BOCs), change the ordering, edit the numbering or group/ungroup characteristics. Define tolerance tables to standardize inspection reports and requirements.

Ballooned Drawing Appearance Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Customize the inspection bubble shapes, color, and size. Define presets and apply styles based on parameters such as criticity or inspection method. Adjust balloon's placement.

PDF Drawing Comparison and 2D/3D Revision Management Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Compare drawings, 2D or 3D CAD files’ revisions to quickly identify changes and update quality project.

Quality Sampling Plans Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Effectively plan quality control by defining Acceptance Quality Limit (AQL) and calculating sample size, accept, and reject criteria.

Quality Systems Integration Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Export inspection data to quality systems and databases using CSV or XML output formats. Publish directly to Net-Inspect.

File Management Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

SOLIDWORKS Inspection integrates with SOLIDWORKS PDM and enables quality managers to manage project information, control design revisions, deliverables, etc.

Inspection Reports Inspection Standard Inspection Professional

Export finished ballooned drawings as PDFs or 3D PDFs (when working with 3D CAD files). Export inspection reports to Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets using standard templates such as AS9102 or Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) forms or customized Excel templates.

SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly File Support Inspection Professional

Leverage SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) to streamline the creation of inspection reports.

2D/3D CAD File Support Inspection Professional

Open and extract information from other 2D/3D CAD files to create your inspection reports.

Inspection Measurements Inspection Professional

Enter measured values for each characteristic directly into an inspection project either manually or by using a digital caliper. Import results from Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).

Graphical Pass/Fail Status Inspection Professional

Highlight dimensions in green, red, or yellow to easily identify which dimensions are In Tolerance, Out of Tolerance, or Marginally within Tolerance based on the values entered or imported CMM results.

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Smart Manufacturing is more than ‘integrated’ manufacturing. It also means taking advantage of the rich content contained in the 3D CAD model.

The Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem: Connecting All Aspects of Design-to-Manufacturing

For years, outdated processes have separated design from the manufacturing stage of product development. Siloed organizational structures, adherence to outdated processes, and the disparate tools used for each side of the business have done much to reinforce the separation. Smarter manufacturing requires connected integrated process solutions.

Download this white paper to learn more about creating a bridge between product design and manufacturing through integrated tools like SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. 

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard streamlines the creation of inspection documentation. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard consists of a standalone application and an embedded SOLIDWORKS add-in that enables users to leverage their legacy 2D data regardless of whether they have SOLIDWORKS Drawings files, PDF, TIFF, DXF, or DWG files.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard is for designers, quality engineers, technicians, and inspectors who are responsible for creating industry-standard inspection documents.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional extends SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard’s capabilities by allowing users to almost automatically enter measured values into an inspection project. Each characteristic’s value can be entered manually, with the use of a digital caliper or by importing Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) results. Additionally, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional also enables users to work directly with 3D CAD data, streamlining their workflows even more as part of a company-wide, drawing-free strategy.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional is for quality engineers, technicians, and inspectors who are responsible for inspecting parts, recording measurements, and operating or programming inspection equipment, including calipers, CMM, and optical measuring devices.

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SOLIDWORKS provides powerful tools, but without the right know-how, the full potential of these tools cannot be attained.  CATI provides our customers with comprehensive SOLIDWORKS training in both beginning and advanced topics.

Instruction by our certified trainers is available throughout the year at our nationwide campuses.  We focus on small class sizes that afford you the individual attention you need to learn and thrive.

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SOLIDWORKS Subscription

The SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service Program gives you immediate access to a number of items that will improve your CAD experience, expertise, and return on investment:

  • Live, local tech support with CATI
  • Software upgrades and new releases
  • Free access to SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard (for SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium subscribers)
  • Free CSWA and CSWP SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams
  • Access to MySolidWorks eLearning
  • SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for info repository, enhancement requests, and beta access

Learn more in our SOLIDWORKS Subscription datasheet.

CATI Is Your SOLIDWORKS Success Plan

As North America’s first SOLIDWORKS partner, no one is more qualified to build and support your product development process.  We believe everyone should have access to our curated portfolio of transformative engineering and manufacturing technologies.

By listening to and working with you, we will find the right solution for you at the right time, with an implementation and growth plan to support your business ambitions.

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We’re ready to help figure out the right product development solution plan for you. Contact us today to get started with a quote, a free trial, a demo, or just ask questions.

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