Cideon CAD Scanner

The Cideon CAD Scanner checks and compares 2D and 3D CAD data fully automatically. Designed as an add-on for Autodesk AutoCAD and Inventor. Discover the functions and benefits now!

Efficient CAD and PDM/PLM Solutions with the Cideon CAD Scanner

The Cideon CAD Scanner is an add-on for Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. It enables automated checking and detection of deviations in 2D and 3D CAD documents in day-to-day business. Benefit from predefined check criteria and the option of integration into your PDM/PLM process. Use the latest inspection statistics and reports available at any time. Avoid errors and excessive costs at an early stage - including transparent data exchange and improved product quality.

The Cideon CAD Scanner Offers You two Tailor-Made License Models to Optimize Your Design and Product Data Management Processes:

  • Cideon CAD Scanner User License: This license is specially designed for CAD users. It enables the inspection of design data directly in the CAD system via a user-friendly application. This allows users to check their CAD models efficiently and precisely.
  • Cideon CAD Scanner Server License: Ideal for companies that require automated and seamlessly integrated inspection of their data in the PDM/PLM system. This license supports checking directly in the PDM/PLM system and is particularly suitable for use with Autodesk Vault in combination with the Cideon Vault Toolbox.

With the Cideon CAD Scanner, you can improve quality assurance in your design and data management processes, save time and reduce errors. Whether for individual CAD users or for comprehensive company solutions - the Cideon CAD Scanner offers the right solution for your specific requirements.


Challenges in Daily CAD Work

The Cideon CAD Scanner helps you to check 2D and 3D CAD documents in AutoCAD and Inventor. The in-house developed solution provides solutions to the following issues:

Complex Test Guidelines

The Cideon CAD Scanner provides a solution to the increasing complexity of test guidelines. Support your partners, suppliers and also new staff with automated checks against design guidelines and/or inspection specifications.

Manual Test Procedures

Eliminate manual testing procedures and save time and errors. Use the Cideon CAD Scanner to automatically create test documents (reports) to support quality management. 

Uniform Standards

Engineering success requires uniform standards. Achieve this by using the Cideon CAD Scanner and ensure your design team always work to the same standards. 

Time-consuming Reworking

Reworking because of errors is time-consuming and costly. The Cideon CAD Scanner enables you to continuously monitor the quality of external CAD data and therefore to eliminate design errors at an early stage.

Secure Data Exchange

The CAD scanner from Cideon ensures you are always on the safe side. Regulated data sharing means transparent working with suppliers and subcontractors to ensure success. 

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Cideon CAD Scanner Features

The Cideon CAD Scanner has been specially developed as an add-on for AutoCAD and Inventor to make routine tasks more efficient. A selection of features: 

Integrated Rule Editor

The integrated rule editor in the Cideon 3D Scanner enables you to create and modify rule sets. 

Stand-Alone Scanner

The stand-alone scanner enables you to perform scanning independently of CAD applications.

Specialized Add-Ins

Our add-ins have been specially developed as apps for AutoCAD and Inventor to initiate scanning directly from the current file.

Automated Checking

The automated checking function in the Cideon CAD Scanner not only informs you about the current checking status of the document, but also helps you with subsequent reporting of the checking results – in a fully automated process. 

Advantages of the CAD Validation Tool

Automatic Checking

Check documents from Inventor and AutoCAD fully automatically (design guidelines and specifications).

Regulated Data Exchange

The CAD scanner guarantees a regulated data exchange with suppliers and vendors.

Improved Quality

Easily increase the quality of designs and CAD data.

Less Reworking

By recognizing sources of error at an early stage, you avoid time-consuming reworking.

Bigger Time Savings

The elimination of time-consuming, manual model checks saves you valuable time.

Use of Uniform Standards

Guarantee permanently uniform standards in the design team.

Optimal Support

Thanks to the simple handling of the Cideon CAD scanner, you benefit from optimum support in all phases of the engineering project.

Automatically Generated Test Documents

Thanks to fully automatically generated audit documents, your reporting is simplified and transparency is increased.

Cideon CAD Scanner Basis Implementation

Scope of Services of Cideon CAD Scanner Basis Implementation

The Cideon CAD Scanner is a tool that supports the designer in checking defined standards and specifications within the created CAD documents. With the Cideon CAD Scanner basis implementation, Cideon offers a service package that is designed for an efficient and professional setup of the software.

Our Services at a Glance:

The implementation of the Cideon CAD Scanner in the customer's CAD and PDM environment is to be understood as a complete package and consists of the following contents:

  • Installation and setup of the software in the existing PDM environment
  • After successful installation and setup of Cideon CAD Scanner, the basis implementation on the customer's PDM/PLM system takes place.
  • As the last step of the basis implementation, a training of the key users is carried out

FAQ about the Cideon CAD Scanner

The CIDEON CAD Scanner is an add-on for Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor that enables the automated checking and detection of deviations in 2D and 3D CAD documents.

The scanner has an integrated rule editor, a stand-alone scanner for outside CAD applications, specialized add-ins for AutoCAD and Inventor, as well as an automated check function.

The software supports the quality control of 2D and 3D CAD documents and addresses challenges such as complex inspection guidelines, manual inspection procedures, lack of uniform standards, time-consuming post-processing and secure data exchange.

The benefits include automatic document review, regulated data exchange, increased design quality, less rework, greater time savings, compliance with uniform standards and optimum support in all phases of the engineering project.

The CAD Scanner enables automated checks of design guidelines and/or inspection specifications to respond to the growing complexity of inspection guidelines.

There are two license options: The Cideon CAD Scanner User license for checking directly in the CAD system via app and the Cideon CAD Scanner Server license for automated and integrated checking in PDM/PLM.

More Efficiency in Your CAD Design - With CAD Experience

Utilize the potential of your CAD system and increase your engineering efficiency. CAD Experience means full utilization of CAD functionalities, change stability and traceability.

The basis for this is an adapted design methodology, high-performance assemblies and part reuse. On top of this, calculations and simulations can contribute to a significant increase in design quality.

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Why Cideon?

Cideon advises and supports companies in optimizing their product development processes - from conception and engineering to production and service. We stand for:

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical experience in system integration and process consulting. Cideon understands your business challenges in digital transformation and supports you with unique solutions along the entire value chain.

Customized Engineering

Benefit from customized solutions with Cideon software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual daily business needs.


End-to-End Process Consulting

Transform your digital requirements into corporate (added) value. We simplify your processes, map them digitally and make them economically viable - across functions and divisions throughout the entire product development process.  

International Cooperation

Trust in a strong group of companies. Cideon is part of the family-owned, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is based on the principles of customer-oriented and sustainable corporate management.


Cideon Support

Quality, speed, and reliability in engineering are critical to your success. Comprehensive services are just as important as dedicated specialists and powerful software solutions.

Cideon Support offers you fast and uncomplicated answers to your questions, detailed insights into products and solutions as well as helpful tips and tricks.

Go one step further with Managed Services: With this service, we monitor your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and ensure the long-term operational reliability of your software. This ensures that your systems are always up to date and ready for use, giving you the peace of mind that your software is consistently maintained and optimized.

Cideon Locations

Cideon Headquarter

CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG
Lochhamer Schlag 11, 82166 Gräfelfing (Germany)



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