SOLIDWORKS inspection, an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS that helps designers’ fast-track creation of detailed drawings including features such as section views and ballooning. SOLIDWORKS inspection has two faces. We have the standalone product and the one integrated inside SOLIDWORKS. The two differ in functionality and for this particular tutorial, I will be looking at the SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in.
We begin by enabling the SOLIDWORKS inspection add-in inside the add-ins folder.
Go ahead to create a model we can use to showcase this capability. Went with the simple model shown below. You can then go ahead and make a drawing from the part.
Once you have defined your drawing, it’s time to run the SOLIDWORKS inspection feature.
Click on the icon indicate to initialize SOLIDWORKS inspection.
A wizard format is initiated on how to use the feature. The first tab requires inputting a number for the part and basic definitions of the part. You are also required to input the necessary sampling methods.
Clicking next pulls up another tab which asks whether the designer would like to do an inspection only and which features to include in excel based report.
Once you are done defining your requirements you can go ahead and click on the green marker to finish the inspection. You will notice that SOLIDWORKS inspection auto balloons all the features based on your definitions.
An excel based format of the first article inspection report is like the one shown below.
SOLIDWORKS inspection makes quick work of creating such reports. Notice that all features based off tolerance machining are indicated in the report. If an input dimension does not meet the tolerance limit then it is marked red indicating that it is not within the tolerance zone defined for that feature.