The CIDEON CAD Scanner fully automatically checks and compares 2D and 3D CAD data. Designed as an add-on for Autodesk AutoCAD and Inventor. 


The CIDEON CAD Scanner is an add-on for Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. It enables routine automated checking and detection of differences in 2D and 3D CAD documents. Benefit from preset checking criteria and the option of integration into your PDM/PLM process. Access up-to-date test statistics and reporting features at any time. Avoid errors and excessive costs from the outset – including transparent data sharing and improved product quality.

The CIDEON CAD Scanner is available in two licensing options

  • CIDEON CAD Scanner User License – available for CAD users. Allows users to check directly from the CAD system via an app.

  • CIDEON CAD Scanner Server License – enables automated and integrated checking by users directly from PDM/PLM. (CIDEON Vault Toolbox is required for Autodesk Vault)



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. 

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. 

CIDEON CAD Scanner Benefits

Automatic Checking

of Inventor and AutoCAD documents (design guidelines and specifications) 

Regulated Data Exchange

with subcontractors and suppliers

Improved Quality

of designs and CAD data

Less Reworking

due to quick detection of error sources

Bigger Time Savings

by eliminating time-consuming, manual model checking

Use of Uniform Standards

guaranteed within the design team

Optimal Support

in all project engineering phases

Automatically Generated

test documents (reporting) 

CIDEON CAD Scanner Basis Implementation

Scope of Services of The 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

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