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PolyWorks|Inspector™ is a powerful software solution that uses high-density point clouds to manage the quality of castings/dies/moulds and to approve manufacturing processes through prototype, first-article, manufactured, and assembled parts inspection.

PolyWorks|Inspector™ software offers a complete toolset for comparing forms and profiles (part-to-part and part-to-CAD), and includes the most complete GD&T analysis capabilities on the market, as well as the widest array of soft-gauging tools (linear, radius, flush & gap, thickness, etc.). All quality control tasks can be completely automated and performed by one click of a mouse using PolyWorks’® software powerful scripting language.

Leading-edge automotive and aeronautic oem’s and their suppliers use PolyWorks® in their daily point cloud 3d scanning, dimensional analysis, comparison to cad and reverse engineering tasks.

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Inspecting and analysing a measured part is only possible if the digitised data is properly positioned and oriented in 3D. Typically, a measured part is aligned to its nominal CAD model to enable the extraction and comparison of nominal and measured dimensions. It can also be assembled virtually to the surrounding mating parts in order to check for interference issues or to analyse flush and gap deviations.

PolyWorks|Inspector™ offers a broad range of part alignment techniques that let users construct alignments with:

  • Surfaces or cross-sections (measured-to-nominal best-fit, constrainable in rotation/translation, and within tolerance zone)
  • Features (3-2-1, pairs of centre points, and GD&T datum reference frames)
  • Reference points and lines (RPS, surface points, and six-point nest)
  • Virtual gauges (caliper, flush & gap, and airfoil)


At the core of the PolyWorks|Inspector™ workflow is the extraction of measured part dimensions and computing the deviations to their corresponding nominal dimensions. Thanks to the remarkable flexibility integrated into PolyWorks®, dimensions can be extracted from measured point clouds, polygonal models built from point clouds, or probed points. Nominal dimensions can also be extracted from a CAD model or a reference measured part

PolyWorks|Inspector™ delivers the complete toolbox you need to extract and analyse:

  • Surface, boundary, and cross-sectional measured-to-nominal deviations
  • Feature dimensions and GD&T controls (ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO 1101, as well as PTB certified 64-bit/32-bit)
  • Advanced dimensions such as flush and gap, profile radius, airfoil dimensions (leading edge, trailing edge, and global), assembly clearance, thickness, and more

PolyWorks|Inspector™ also offers real-time guidance to accurately build and inspect fixtures and jigs using single-point measurement devices.

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Generate updateable reports

PolyWorks|Inspector™ provides an outstanding updateable reporting technology that guarantees the exactness of a report and dramatically accelerates multipiece inspection.

Report items, such as 3D scene screenshots and result tables, are automatically updated if a project is altered. You can modify the parameters of a project, or replace the measured data points of the current piece by the data points from a new piece, knowing that the entire inspection report will automatically be updated.

Automatic updates of inspection projects

Thanks to the built-in traceability of the PolyWorks parametric architecture, users have the outstanding ability of modifying an object parameter, replacing an object, or changing the spatial relationship between two objects, and these changes will automatically be propagated to all the project’s 3D geometry and inspection reports to make them up to date, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes.

Share inspection results

The PolyWorks|Viewer™ enables your colleagues, managers, and suppliers to review your inspection projects in 3D.

Multiple Piece Inspection – Simplify the inspection of multiple pieces

Preparing an inspection project for a multi-piece inspection task has never been this easy. With DirectReplay™, PolyWorks|Inspector™ literally does the work for you.

  1. Create an inspection project and a report for a first piece.
  2. Let DirectReplay automatically replay the same inspection on subsequent pieces.
  3. Focus on acquiring the 3D measurement data of the new pieces with your point cloud digitiser, single-point measurement device, or both.

Thanks to the relational inspection architecture of PolyWorks|Inspector™, zero teaching is now a reality.


Monitor your process with statistical process control (SPC)

Thanks to its multi-piece project format, PolyWorks|Inspector™ is capable of automatically computing and updating an SPC database of multi-piece statistics for object dimensions and surface deviations. SPC databases and related analysis tools, including trend charts and statistical colour maps, are very powerful tools to diagnose manufacturing or assembly issues, or to approve a tool or a part before production.


More information about PolyWorks|Airfoil™

PolyWorks|Inspector™ Packages


 Single-point measuring device support for portable metrology  • •   •   •
 Single-point measuring device support for CNC CMMs   •      • 
 Point cloud digitiser support for portable metrology      •  •
 Point cloud digitiser support for CNC CMMs         • 
 Real-time quality meshing and offline point cloud meshing         • 
 IGES/STEP neutral CAD file translator  • •   •   • 
 Part alignment toolset  • •   •   •
 Dimensional control toolset  •  •   •   •
 Smart GD&T toolset  •  •   •   •
 Statistical Process Control toolset (SPC) •  •    • 
 One year support/maintenance  •  •   •   •
Native CAD file translators Option Option  Option Option
Airfoil gauges Option Option  Option Option
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