ZEISS INSPECT Features At A Glance

ZEISS INSPECT is the software when it comes to metrological challenges. It offers a broad range of features that make your work easier for you. Read this page to get the full picture of everything this software can do.

General inspection features of ZEISS INSPECT

ZEISS INSPECT is your inspection software for all metrological challenges. It provides numerous features on which all versions of the software are based. Regardless of whether you use ZEISS INSPECT Optical 3D, analyze volume data with ZEISS INSPECT X-Ray or inspect turbine characteristics with ZEISS INSPECT Airfoil: These features are available to you in all versions.

  • CAD import

    CAD import

    Design engineers use CAD models to make their components come to life. Unlike a 2D drawing, a 3D model defines all dimensions of the component. However, CAD models not only serve to design and manufacture prototypes or components but also assist you in planning optimum production processes. The CAD import provides a simple opportunity to use CAD files. ZEISS INSPECT is capable of importing neutral formats such as IGES, JT Open, STEP, STL, VDA and PLY. Data formats are imported via drag & drop and then automatically identified and assigned by the software.

  • Alignments


    ZEISS INSPECT enables you to align your data according to all default alignments. These include: RPS alignment, hierarchical alignment based on geometric elements, alignment in a local coordinate system using reference points as well as various best-fit procedures such as global and local best-fit. You can also use customized alignments such as Balanced Beam or Equalized Nested, e.g., for turbine blades.

  • GD&T


    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing offers a reliable part inspection framework to metrologists. Various ZEISS INSPECT features allow for comprehensively analyzing a part with regard to size, shape and position and on the basis of datum systems. This enables you to easily inspect flatness, parallelism or cylindricity. A standardized analysis of 2-point distances and the maximum material requirement as well as an inspection of the position tolerance in local datum and coordinate systems are also possible. ZEISS INSPECT supports both ISO and ASME standards, with updates of these standards being implemented timely in the software.

  • Mesh editing

    Mesh editing

    Visualizations, simulations, surface reconstructions and nominal-actual comparisons require a full 3D mesh. ZEISS INSPECT computes this mesh with the help of point clouds. 3D meshes also form the basis of a virtual assembly by means of measurements from different sources. For maximum compatibility, save the data in all current formats such as STL, G3D, JT Open, ASCII or PLY.

  • Exaggerated representation of deformations

    Exaggerated representation of deformations

    The plastic visualization of deformations such as protrusions, bulges, dents or slots in a kind of high relief facilitates a qualitative analysis of 3D measuring values.

  • Curve inspection

    Curve inspection

    ZEISS INSPECT closes the gap between point-based and surface-based inspection. Use construction features for curves and visualize their properties. Measure edge curves, analyze radii and character lines or create spline curves. From this curve-based inspection, the software also derives a flush and gap analysis.

  • Reporting


    Export the results of your analysis as a printable documentation or as a fully animated PDF – both supported by the ZEISS INSPECT reporting module. Share the entire project file to provide insights or exchange results.

  • Native CAD formats

    Native CAD formats

    Import both: basic CAD formats and native formats such as CATIA, NX, SolidWorks and Pro/E easily via drag & drop. Since you do not have to convert your data, your work becomes more efficiently. The digital transfer and context-sensitive evaluation of additional process and part information that are collected under the Product Lifecycle Management (PMI) is also possible. The measurement plan is created while the CAD data are imported, making any programming redundant. You can also import inspection plans.

  • Parametric evaluations

    Parametric evaluations

    ZEISS INSPECT is based on a parametric basic concept that allows for tracing back and modifying all process steps along the way. This advantage ensures a high process reliability with regard to measuring results and reports.

  • GD&T expert filter

    GD&T expert filter

    The full version of ZEISS INSPECT provides additional expert filters for GD&T analyses, making your evaluation even easier.

  • Python interface

    Python interface

    You are bored by the same recurrent, monotonous inspection tasks? The integrated command recorder records all operations performed by you and translates them into a Python script. Modify the script to meet other requirements and run it again and again. You want to perform complex scientific computations? Integrate free Python libraries such as NumPy, SciPy or Matplotlib and use the available templates.

  • Project templates

    Project templates

    Transfer entire inspection processes to multiple parts of a series. Due to the parametric basic concept of ZEISS INSPECT, no further process steps or adjustment are required. Moreover, you can save your inspections as project templates and either use them again and again or share them with colleagues.

Features of ZEISS INSPECT Optical 3D

  • Photo-realistic rendering

    Photo-realistic rendering

    Analyze your parts under real-life conditions. Regardless of whether inside or outside – the software provides realistic lighting conditions and shadow images.

  • Digital assembly

    Digital assembly

    Simply assemble your parts digitally, regardless of where they were manufactured. Thus, you ensure that parts that are manufactured on other production sites or by different suppliers can be assembled as well. Digital assembly sustainably improves your assembly process and makes challenges visible at an early stage.

  • Software-based movement compensation

    Software-based movement compensation

    The software efficiently eliminates any possible part movement that could falsify the measurement, speeding up your measurement and, consequently, the output of your results.

  • Virtual measuring room (VMR)

    Virtual measuring room (VMR)

    Your centralized control and measurement planning software for all optical measuring machines. The virtual measuring room models the reality and enables you to execute automated measuring procedures. All robot drives are analyzed beforehand in order to prevent collisions and implement drives as efficiently as possible.

  • Virtual clamping

    Virtual clamping

    Measure clamped states without any fixture, making your work more efficiently and saving costs. The software computes the clamped state of your parts, rendering both the construction and creation of fixtures redundant.

  • Autosurfacing


    You need a CAD model of your scanned part? Just use the Autosurfacing feature of ZEISS INSPECT. The software provides the opportunity to easily convert your scan data into a highly precise CAD model. Afterwards, you can use the model for all other process steps that require CAD data such as simulations, for instance. The CAD can be exported as a STEP file for this purpose.

Discover the General Inspection Features of ZEISS INSPECT

Next to the special features of ZEISS INSPECT Optical 3D, the application also includes all features of the ZEISS INSPECT inspection software.


  • Volume import

    Volume import

    No matter which computed tomography system you use: Simply import all current data formats via drag & drop. You no longer need to spend a long time converting your data.

  • Extensive volume visualization

    Extensive volume visualization

    Move through your part layer by layer – with ZEISS INSPECT X-Ray. The volume detail view enables you to inspect each detail of your part and capture relevant information in a video. You can also customize color representations to visualize part properties and materials in the volume clearly and distinctly.

  • Multiview


    One software – four working areas. The Multiview feature allows you to subdivide your working area in any way you like. Combine volume slices with 3D views and tables or any other views. Measuring or inspecting defects is possible in all working areas.

  • Volume area separation / Batch scan

    Volume area separation / Batch scan

    Scan multiple parts from the same series simultaneously. The automated volume separation sorts the data afterwards. This way, you analyze your parts as usual while saving precious time for scans.

  • Region of interest

    Region of interest

    Especially regarding complex parts, it makes sense to digitally undo the assembly and inspect individual elements with specific tolerances. The software assists you in the efficient subdivision by various regions.

  • Enhanced defect analysis

    Enhanced defect analysis

    ZEISS INSPECT X-Ray supports the entire analysis of your parts from evaluating surfaces to inspecting Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing or geometric dimensions – even at inner structures. By importing CAD data of your part (STEP/IGES), you can carry out an efficient nominal-actual comparison.

  • Video reporting

    Video reporting

    Make an impression by presenting your results on video. Move through your part layer by layer – what a unique way of communicating complex analysis results.

Discover the General Inspection Features of ZEISS INSPECT

Next to the special volume inspection features, the application also includes all features of the ZEISS INSPECT inspection software. These features are available for free in ZEISS INSPECT X-Ray.


  • Evaluation of blisks

    Evaluation of blisks

    ZEISS INSPECT Airfoil is the solution for efficient but complex measuring procedures for blisks and drums. Even a large number of sections, points or even sophisticated geometries on your parts does not affect the accuracy of the inspection at all. The software improves all areas of the blisk production with full-field data and faster, more reliable processes. Simply create a specific inspection of one blade and transfer it to all other blades of the blisk. The special advantage: The automated position generation makes it easier to measure the entire blisk and thus facilitates your inspection.

  • 3D throat area

    The analysis of the throat area has finally reached the digital stage. ZEISS INSPECT Airfoil helps you to perform a 3D computation of the throat area between two airfoils. The software performs a three-dimensional measurement of the throat area on the basis of the computed minimal surface and indicates it. Currently, this is the most precise method to create the correlation between the geometric and the aerodynamic throat area – regardless of whether it concerns a partial surface or a completely closed passage.

  • Virtual balancing

    Determine the ideal order of the airfoils of a blisk before the actual assembly. With a digital twin, you assemble the blisk digitally to prevent imbalances, thus saving assembly and testing time.

Discover the General Inspection Features of ZEISS INSPECT

Next to the special Airfoil features, the application also includes all features of the ZEISS INSPECT inspection software. These features are available for free in ZEISS INSPECT Airfoil.