SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Tips & Tricks #6

If you have been using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you know that this simple and easy-to-use solution from SOLIDWORKS can save you a huge amount of time ballooning drawings and creating inspection sheets. But did you know SOLIDWORKS Inspection can also streamline the inspection of your parts as well as the reporting?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional allows you to enter measurements values directly within your SOLIDWORKS inspection project.

After turning on the Measurements Input and CMM Data Import add-in, in the options of the standalone application, you have access to the Measurements Input tab near the Table Manager.

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By simply right-clicking on the header you can add or move result sets to your project.

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You can type your inspection values and even things like PASS, FAIL, MARGINAL (or any defined keyword) next to each characteristic.

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More importantly, you get instant feedback or go / no-go status since the characteristics are color coded on both the ballooned drawing and the Measurements Input window. Of course, the colors used are completely customizable to your liking from the same tab in the options.

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Now, if you would like to use a USB digital caliper or any USB measuring device to perform your inspections even faster you just have to plug it in! Most of the time USB devices are plug-and-play. After plugging your USB caliper and making sure you have selected the right unit (in/mm), you only need to select the cell you want to enter measured value in.

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Then, measure the characteristics and press the “Data” or “Enter” button on your measuring device.

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The value is entered in the cell and the software automatically goes to the next characteristic. You can simply measure the next value and press the “Data” button again without having to preselect a cell.

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After you are done with this part, you can, of course, add another column for the next part you need to inspect.
Finally, don’t hesitate to create a complete report with your measured values using the Export To Excel command, by selecting a template that integrates the measurements results (like the default AS9102 – Mxpert.xlt template).

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Don’t forget that you can save even more time by importing you CMM results directly into your Make sure to take a look back on tips 1234 & 5! SOLIDWORKS Inspection project! Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on SOLIDWORKS Inspection and as always, visit the SOLIDWORKS website or contact your nearest reseller for more information.

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Mathieu Fourcade

Mathieu Fourcade

Matt is a Product Manager for SOLIDWORKS Inspection and new initiatives. CSWE. He previously worked as a Technical Support Engineer and Product Marketing Manager for SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Plastics and Electrical.
Mathieu Fourcade

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