From Product engineering to manufacturing – a 3D metrology solution to gain control of the entire process.

PolyWorks Inspector is a powerful industrial 3D metrology software solution to control tool or part dimensions, diagnose and prevent manufacturing and assembly issues, guide assembly building through real-time measurements, and oversee the quality of assembled products by using non-contact point cloud digitizers and single-point contact-based probing devices.



System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements*

  • CPU: Dual-core CPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics cards: Hardware-accelerated, professional OpenGL graphics card (such as a NVIDIA Quadro series card) equipped with 1 GB of memory
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7 or 8.1, Professional Edition
  • Input device: Two-button mouse with wheel

*These requirements are adequate if you are planning to use single-point probing devices and your CAD model file sizes are smaller than 50 MB.

Recommended System Requirements* 

  • CPU: Quad-core CPU
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro series graphics card equipped with 2 GB of memory
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7 or 8.1, Professional Edition
  • Input device: Two-button mouse with wheel

*This configuration covers a broad range of applications by offering the performance required when importing larger CAD models or laser scanning large parts with high resolution. If you have doubts about the best system configuration for your type of application, contact our technical support team.

Available Single-Point Measuring Device Plug-ins

• Articulated arms: Cimcore, Faro, Garda, Hexagon, Kreon, Nikon, Romer
• Handheld, optically tracked devices: Aicon, Creaform, Geodetic, Metronor, Nikon, NDI, Steinbichler
• Laser trackers: API, Faro, Leica
• Manual CMMs: I++, Deva, MZ1060, Renishaw, Samsoft
• Theodolites: Leica TDRA6000

Available Point Cloud Digitizing Device Plug-ins

• Creaform VXscan
• Faro 3D Imager
• Faro Laser Line Probe
• Hexagon PC-DMIS Scanning
• KREON Scanner
• Konica Minolta RANGE7
• Laser Design Surveyor Scanner
• Leica T-Scan

• Nikon Metrology Laser Radar
• Nikon Metrology Scanner
• Perceptron ScanWorks Scanning
• Perceptron ScanWorks xyz Scanning
• Romer Absolute Arm Scanning Peripheral
• Steinbichler L-Scan
• Steinbichler Probe Scanner
• Steinbichler T-Scan CS
• Steinbichler T-Scan/Optotrak

Supported Point Cloud File Formats

Planar Grids/Meshes

• 3D Scanners
• Breuckmann
• CogniTens
• Cyberware
• Genex
• Holovision
• Hymarc
• InnovMetric’s PIF
• Konica Minolta
• Kreon
• nub3d
• Opton
• ShapeGrabber
• Solutionix
• Steinbichler
• Voxelan

Unorganized Point Clouds


Line Scans

•3D Scanners
•InnovMetric’s PSL

Spherical Grids

• 3rd Tech
• Faro
• iQvolution
• Leica
• Mensi
• Optech
• Riegl
• Surphaser
• Topcon
• Z+F

Supported CAD File Formats

• CATIA V6, V5, and V4
• NX (UG)
• Creo (Pro/E)
• Inventor
• SolidWorks
• JT
• Parasolid

Supported Polygonal Model File Formats

• DXF (write-only)
• JT
• Nastran
• POL (InnovMetric’s binary format )
• STL (ASCII and binary)
• VRML 2.0

Supported Languages

• Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
• Czech
• English
• French
• German
• Italian

• Japanese
• Korean
• Polish
• Portuguese
• Russian
• Spanish




Alignment with PolyWorks

Get the alignment right

Inspecting and analyzing a measured part is only possible if the digitized 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 analyze 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 center 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)

Measure  Measure with PolyWorks

Extract all required dimensions

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 analyze:

  • 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)
  • 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.

Report  PolyWorks Report

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.

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 multipiece 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 digitizer, 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 color maps, are very powerful tools to diagnose manufacturing or assembly issues, or to approve a tool or a part before production.

In this webinar, our PolyWorks expert will examine how the surface data from multiple pieces can be used to conduct statistical analysis on the surface of parts in order to obtain statistical color maps.

In this webinar, our PolyWorks expert will demonstrate the latest enhancements made to the GD&T capabilities. You’ll learn about the new Mating Length and Mating Width size tools that have been added to Slot and Rectangle features, plus you’ll see how a GD&T Position tool for an axis-based feature, curve-based feature, point, or sphere can now be controlled using a slab-like tolerance zone shape.

Also, see how the GD&T Concentricity tool can now be applied to curve-based Features, Points, and Spheres, so that you can always stay informed on the state of a part.

Hosted by one of our application specialists, this webinar focuses on how to properly tune your extraction parameters to automate measured component extraction from scanned data in PolyWorks’ IMInspect module.