Improve your technical communications

Upgrade your professional contact with data from 3D product production, generate inspection documentation automatically, and repurpose 3D design data for high quality graphics and interactive presentations.

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Clearly Present Your Design

Your design deserves to be well represented. With the suite of technical communication tools available through SOLIDWORKS you can create photorealistic renderings, First Article Inspections (FAI) or Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) all within the same tool that speaks to one another. Ensure a seamless handoff from design to the manufacturing floor with SOLIDWORKS Technical Communications.

SOLIDWORKS Composer

Why SOLIDWORKS Composer?

SOLIDWORKS® Composer helps you to quickly create 2D and 3D graphical content to illustrate the product or method clearly and to show it. The tools allow you to create high-quality drawings, photorealistic images and interactive animations and import design data directly from 3D CAD technology.

CAD Format Support

SOLIDWORKS Composer supports a wide range of 3D CAD formats including SOLIDWORKS, Pro / ENGINEER / Creo ®, Autodesk ® Inventor and neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES and others.

Update Visual Content

Update content with the latest changes in design (geometry, Bill of Materials (BOM) list, metadata, etc.)

Customize BOMs

Creating a manufacturing BOM independent of an engineering BOM. Components lists and properties are tailored for each view.

Document Processes

Create step-by-step procedures and display incremental components.

Create Animations

Add links to relevant views to create interactive storyboards. Animate the looks and the design estate. Creating keyframe animation by drag-and-drop timeline views. Build immersive animations for finer control with markers, and search timeline keys.

Faster Content Development

Work directly from 3D CAD data and create 2D and 3D graphical content in multiple formats, such as raster images (JPG, BMP, TIF, PNG); vector images (SVG, EPS, SVGZ, CGM); videos (AVI); and interactive 3D animations (3D PDF, HTML, SMG); executable kit, (ActiveX control). Add annotations (auto balloons, table with BOM, arrows, and views for details). Switch appearances (show / hide, clarity, and colour)

Automate Processes

Automate batch mode for 3D file imports and web publishing. Automate the development of documents inside current workflows. Automate translation of documents using the custom XML code.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that streamlines and automates the creation of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.). SOLIDWORKS Inspection consists of a stand-alone application and a SOLIDWORKS add-in that enables users to leverage their legacy data regardless of whether they have SOLIDWORKS files, PDFs, or TIFFs. SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a simple and intuitive application that can reduce the time needed to create inspection documentation by up to 90 percent, and helps to virtually eliminate input errors, thus improving quality and reducing time-to-market.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

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. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional expands the functionality of the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard and lets you insert the calculated values directly into an inspection project manually or semi-automatically. You will work directly with the 2D/3D CAD data and simplified workflows with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional.

SOLIDWORKS Pro Mechanical Bundle with CADimensions

Standard

Improved and Streamlined Inspection Workflows

Professional

Improved and Streamlined Inspection Workflows

To build comprehensive inspection reports irrespective of the process, use the SOLIDWORKS add-in or the dedicated standalone program.

PDF/TIFF File Support

PDF/TIFF File Support

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

DXF/DWG File Support

DXF/DWG File Support

Directly create inspection projects from the native DXF / DWG files.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing File Support

SOLIDWORKS Drawing File Support

Quickly balloon and produce SOLIDWORKS Drawings inspection reports.

Optical Character Recognition

Optical Character Recognition

SOLIDWORKS Inspection can utilize OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to interpret and define the nominal dimension, plus and minus tolerances, and dimension size, helping to virtually eliminate manual input and minimize error. This deals with symbols of horizontal and vertical proportions, split dimensions, signs, hole callouts, finishing symbols, and geometric tolerance and dimensioning.

Automatic Ballooning

Automatic Ballooning

Automatically extract and examine the measurements of the balloon from 2D and 3D CAD files and from relevant PDF documents.

Customize Inspection Reports

Customize Inspection Reports

Creating and maintaining the Bill of Characteristics (BOCs), modifying the ordering, updating the numbering or group / ungroup properties. Place tables of tolerance to standardize inspection reports and specifications.

Ballooned Drawing Appearance

Ballooned Drawing Appearance

Customize the shapes, color and scale of inspection bubbles. Defines presets and uses styles based on parameters such as criticality or method of inspection. Change the location of the ballon.

PDF Drawing Comparison and 2D/3D Revision Management

PDF Drawing Comparison and 2D/3D Revision Management

Attach sketches, revisions to the 2D or 3D CAD files to quickly identify changes and improve project quality.

Quality Sampling Plans

Quality Sampling Plans

Defining the Acceptance Quality Limit (AQL) and measuring sample size, approving and rejecting requirements effectively plan the quality control.

Quality Systems Integration

Quality Systems Integration

Export inspection data over CSV or XML output formats to consistency systems and databases.

File Management

File Management

SOLIDWORKS Inspection integrates with SOLIDWORKS PDM and helps quality managers to monitor project details, revisions to design controls, deliverables, etc.

Inspection Reports

Inspection Reports

Export of ballooned sketches completed as PDFs or 3D PDFs (when operating with 3D CAD files). Export inspection reports through standard templates such as AS9102 or Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) forms or customized Excel templates to Microsoft ® Excel ® spreadsheets.

SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly File Support

SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly File Support

To streamline the production of inspection reports, using SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI).

2D/3D CAD File Support

2D/3D CAD File Support

To build your inspection reports, open and extract the details from other 2D/3D CAD files.

Inspection Measurements

Inspection Measurements

Enter the calculated values directly into an inspection project by hand or using a digital caliper for each characteristic. Import of Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) test.

Graphical Pass/Fail Status

Graphical Pass/Fail Status

Highlight measurements in purple, red, or yellow to easily identify the dimensions In Tolerance, Out of Tolerance, or Marginally beyond Tolerance based on CMM results entered or imported.

SOLIDWORKS Model Based Design (MBD)

SOLIDWORKS Model Based Design (MBD)

SOLIDWORKS ® Model-Based Definition (MBD) helps you to:

  • Define and Organize 3D Measurements Tolerances
  • Details
  • Notes
  • Material Bills (BOMs)
  • Customize Manufacturing Templates (Part or Assembly Specifications)
  • Quote Request (RFQ)
  • Incoming Inspection Reports

You can also publish Clear 3D Communications in widely accepted formats such as eDrawings ®, STEP 242 and 3D PDF.

Many useful features have been included in each SOLIDWORKS Standard seat for smoother adoptions of the model-based activities. With SOLIDWORKS Standard, you can annotate a 3D component or assembly, arrange the 3D descriptions with views of annotations and communicate all directly in 3D in eDrawings.

Define 3D Annotations

SOLIDWORKS MBD allows you to identify feature-based Parts and Assemblies (DimXpert) annotations, and import 3D annotations from popular CAD formats for more efficient design.

Organize 3D Annotations

When the number of 3D annotations becomes too high, you can automatically show and hide annotations as a model rotates, capture detailed settings with visual bookmark-like 3D views, compare 3D annotation differences between revisions to capture subtle yet important differences, and reuse 3D views in 2D drawings if appropriate.

Publish 3D Data with Annotations and Views

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps direct 3D communications. The program can configure templates, manage accuracies and PDF sizes, publish BOM tables and notes, add multiple files when publishing, build and download STEP242 files, if you like 3D PDFs. SOLIDWORKS MBD can also output eDrawings or STEP 242 with software-readable annotations.

Minimize Scrap and Rework

Unlike 2D drawings and production miscommunications based on 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD enables 3D development communication with optimized 3D requirements, greater clarity, decreased uncertainty, and a shorter path to update.

Eliminate Time-to-market Delays

SOLIDWORKS MBD provides flexibility in manufacturing communication with optimized 3D specifications which can also automatically power downstream applications like CAM and CMM programming. SOLIDWORKS MBD makes 3D annotations that go beyond programming based on geometry.

Reduce Service Costs

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines and organizes intuitive, model-integrated 3D specifications which shorten the learning curve. The high quality STEP 242 and 3D PDF output complies with the regular Long Term Archival and Retrieval (LOTAR).

Improve Your Technical Communications and Clearly Present Your Design