Adding Missing SOLIDWORKS Inspection GD&T Specific Fonts

Article by James Swackhammer updated November 14, 2019

Wait, hold up, stop the bus, what do mean you can read this very specific SOLIDWORKS only font on your computer without having SOLIDWORKS installed?

There are some occasions where you may need to read or analyze files on a different computer that may not have a shred of SOLIDWORKS’ software on it. Sometimes, even when you do have SOLIDWORKS installed, you still can’t read the file correctly. You may get an error or the font will just show blocks instead of actual text.

Notice line 6 and 8 are boxed out instead of showing GD&T symbols

Notice line 6 and 8 are boxed out instead of showing GD&T symbols

Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can create a First Article Inspection Report and many other reports to send to the factory floor or to a customer. This typically comes in the form of an Excel table that’s customized to your companies’ specifications. If a very technical Excel document is sent out and the other person doesn’t have the correct fonts installed, you’re getting another unwanted phone call/email. But you’re in luck. Where there’s hope, there is a fix, and it comes in the form of a few quick and easy steps.

Installing GD&T Windows Fonts

In the link (click here) is a zipped document to download from our safe online file server that has the two GD&T fonts that SOLIDWORKS Inspection uses. Please follow this work flow to get the fonts installed.

  1. Download the zipped file.
  2. Unzip or extract the files.
  3. Double click on the font to open it up.
  4. In the top left there will be an Install button – click on it.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the second font.
GD&T Font

GD&T Font

Now your computers that don’t have SOLIDWORKS or SOLIDWORKS Inspection installed will be able to read the output Excel reports.

Lines 6 and 8 are now reading the appropriate GD&T text

NOTE: As an alternative create a PDF of your document and Adobe will embed all the fonts used into the PDF file so it can be read on any computer.

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James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office