SOLIDWORKS Fixtures, Gauges, and Inspection

Session presented by Claudia Mak, CSWE, Javelin

When fixtures or inspection gauges are required there are benefits to designing them in SOLIDWORKS.


With more complex surfaces, in the past we may have had some difficulty offsetting them. Since 2020 however, SOLIDWORKS identifies the failing faces, so we can offset what we can and carry on with our design. So now there is no need to perform any troubleshooting on individual faces.


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.).

Simplify the inspection document creation process

Company quality departments are tasked with carrying out the quality inspection process. This often involves the creation of documents such as drawings with balloon callouts, reports for use during inspection, or additional deliverables required with parts.

The manual creation of inspection documents will often take hours using Microsoft Excel and hand-written annotations. SOLIDWORKS Inspection software automates the manual and tedious process by leveraging existing 2D legacy data such as SOLIDWORKS files, PDFs, and TIFFs. Or capture data using a digital measuring instrument

Claudia Mak, CSWE, Javelin

Claudia is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert with 5+ years of experience with design, engineering and manufacturing in various industries. She holds a BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science) Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo.

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