Polyworks software

PolyWorks|Inspector™ is a universal 3D dimensional analysis and quality control 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 portable metrology devices and CNC CMMs.


Universal 3D metrology software

The relational, object-oriented, and parametric architecture of PolyWorks® allows the integration of all manually-operated and numerically-controlled point cloud digitizing and single-point probing 3D measurement technologies within a common framework, opening a new era of universal inspection projects and device interoperability.


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Get the alignment right1

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Extract all required dimensions2

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Generate reports that update automatically

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Share inspection results

Get the alignment right1

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. 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)

Extract all required dimensions2

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.

  • 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


The PolyWorks® | Inspector software will allow you to perform 3D measurements on parts of the automotive and aeronautical sector.


Compare your measurements with the nominal CAD of the part and create a 3D color mapping with the errors


Inspect geometric entities


Share your inspection results

Technical specifications

Supports CAD File Formats

  • CATIA V6, V5, and V4
  • NX (UG)
  • Creo (Pro/E)
  • Inventor
  • SolidWorks
  • ACIS
  • IGES
  • JT
  • Parasolid
  • STEP
  • VDA-FS

Supported Polygonal Model File Formats

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

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