FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need SOLIDWORKS to use
No, but it does work directly with SOLIDWORKS drawings. Inspection is
unique in that it installs as both an add-in for SOLIDWORKS and a
standalone program. You get both with your Inspection purchase. The add-in
inspects directly to your SOLIDWORKS drawings, and the standalone can
inspect multiple drawing types such as PDF, DWG, DXF, and even CATIA
Can SOLIDWORKS Inspection import
coordinate measuring machine (CMM) results? If so, what is it compatible
Yes. Once your First Article Inspection is ready, the standalone version
of Inspection by default will import most CMM export variations. If you
have any doubt, let us know and we will verify it works, or create a
template so it will work before purchase.
Can Inspection licenses be
networked like SOLIDWORKS?
Yes, and it runs on the same network license manager so you can have
multiple people using the same license, one at a time.
What file types does SOLIDWORKS
Once Inspection is done gathering all bill of characteristics, CMM data,
form 1, 2, and 3 info, along with any notes, tables, and page properties,
it then exports as an editable Excel document and a PDF ballooned drawing.
Since the FAI is an Excel document, data can be added, extracted, and the
template format can be easily customized.
Can I use Inspection to program my
No. Inspection imports the results from the CMM, it does not program it.
Which inspection standards are
Inspection is fully AS9102 and PPAP compliant.
Can drawings be automatically
Yes, they can. The add-in for SOLIDWORKS will auto-balloon the entire
drawing and the standalone has what is called SmartExtract, which works
with most semantic drawing formats. SmartExtract can analyze groups of
dimensions and extract metadata from the drawing. This makes inspection
reports fast and resistant to error.