Reduce the time it takes to produce inspection reports, eliminate input mistakes, improve quality, and reduce time to market.

What is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a tool that helps designers, engineers, and manufacturers create inspection documentation quickly and easily. It automatically generates balloons for engineering drawings and 3D files with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI), which saves you time and effort in creating inspection reports. With Inspection Standard or Professional, users can access an add-in or utilize the standalone application.
What is SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Tools in Inspection

Custom Project Templates

SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows you to configure custom project templates to meet company, vendor, and client requirements. Users can build robust report templates using the built-in template editor and then save the settings in a new template or overwrite an existing template. The standalone and add-in versions of Inspection support various drawing file types (not just PDF files).

Easily Create Quality Reports

Within SOLIDWORKS Inspection, engineering and manufacturing professionals can easily create quality reports that include characteristics and measurements.

Automate Your Data Entry

Leverage Inspection’s templates to input company or industry standard parameters. Once you input your parameters the first time, data automatically populates in the accurate location each time you use your custom template. This automation reduces training time for operators and inspectors, saving you money.

Balloon Inspection Dimensions

You can automatically capture balloon inspection dimensions and characteristic features with a few clicks. PMI (product and manufacturing information) on the drawing or model is used to gather this data. By eliminating Excel’s copy-and-paste function, tasks that may have taken days can now be completed in minutes, allowing resources to be devoted to more crucial tasks.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Packages

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard is a first-article and in-process inspection system that simplifies the creation of inspection reports. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard is a single application and an embedded SOLIDWORKS add-in that makes it possible to use legacy data regardless of file type.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional has all the great capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard but with so much more. Including the ability to enter measured values manually or semi-automatically with digital Calipers or other digital devices. Import CMM data directly into SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional and save time and increase your productivity. It also offers streamlined workflows using 2D/3D CAD data.

Package Comparison Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

Improved and Streamlined Inspection Workflows

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

PDF/TIFF File Support

Users can use 2D PDF (including encrypted documents) and TIFF files to extract characteristic information.

DXF/DWG File Support

Leverage native DXF or DWG files to create inspection projects.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing File Support

Leverage existing file properties, identify critical dimensions, and start inspection reports before submitting them to Quality Control (QC). Create inspection reports easily from within SOLIDWORKS 2D drawings.

Optical Character Recognition

SOLIDWORKS Inspection can use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to automatically read and identify notes, dimensions, tolerances, and dimension types from PDF files and TIFF images. This can help reduce errors by eliminating the need for manual input. Supports Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols, notes, hole callouts, and horizontal and vertical dimensions are all supported.

Automatic Ballooning

Save time by automatically extracting and ballooning inspection dimensions from SOLIDWORKS 2D drawings, 3D CAD models, and PDF files. Huge time saver!

Customize Inspection Reports

Define tolerance tables to standardize inspection reports and specifications, plan, monitor, and change the order of characteristics within the Bill of Characteristics (BOCs).

Ballooned Drawing Appearance

You can also change the shape, colors, and sizes of the inspection balloons, presets, and designs based on parameters such as criticity or inspection methods.

2D/3D Revision Management and PDF Drawing Comparison

You can quickly identify changes in drawings, 2D CAD files, or 3D CAD files by comparing their revisions to a quality project and updating it as needed.

Quality Sampling Plans

Establish Acceptance Quality Limits (AQL) and effectively calculate sample size, acceptance, and rejection criteria to ensure quality control.

Quality Systems Integration

You can export inspection data to quality systems and databases using CSV or XML output formats or directly publish to Net-Inspect.

File Management

In addition to handling project information, controlling design revisions, and delivering products, SOLIDWORKS Inspection integrates with SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Inspection Reports

Export your drawings as PDFs or 3D PDFs and your inspection reports as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. You can use standard templates like AS9102 or PPAP forms or customize your own Excel template.

SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly File Support

Streamline the creation of inspection reports and integrate SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). SOLIDWORKS Inspection fully integrates into SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Base Definition) for those who are paperless and apply their dimension in 3D space.

2D/3D CAD File Support

Create inspection reports by opening and extracting information from other 2D/3D CAD files.

Inspection Measurements

Enter measurements manually or connect to various digital devices to automate your inspection projects—import inspection results from multiple Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM).

Graphical Pass/Fail Status

It’s easy to see which dimensions are within tolerance, out of tolerance, or marginally within tolerance by color coding the results. Green means the dimension is within tolerance, red means out of tolerance, and yellow means marginally within tolerance.

Technical Support

The Best Technical Support in the Industry

We at TPM have extensive knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and can assist you in achieving success using the software. You can count on our industry-leading team for assistance with any task you may need.

Customer Service

Quick Response Customer Service

Providing you with quick and accurate customer service is a priority of TPM’s Customer Experience team. We are here to help you no matter your business goals, whether it’s a question about your subscription or services.

Training for Manufacturers


TPM offers SOLIDWORKS training online and in person, taught by certified SOLIDWORKS instructors. TPM provides SOLIDWORKS certification preparation materials and a Course Completion Certificate to each student upon completion.

  • Open enrollment courses or specialized courses
  • Instructors who are certified in SOLIDWORKS
  • Smaller and more focused classes