SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional

Product Data Management for the Enterprise

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is a product data management (PDM) software solution based on proven technology that can be deployed in a fraction of the time required for other enterprise PDM systems. Helping organizations to manage and share product data more effectively and automate workflow to allow better collaboration from engineering to the shop floor, resulting in better products, lower costs, and faster time to market.


Easy to implement and use

Javelin Technologies implementation service can get your PDM system up and running quickly. SOLIDWORKS PDM works inside of SOLIDWORKS® software and AutoCAD® software as well as Windows Explorer. Includes a single window interface with SOLIDWORKS® and AutoCAD® (other integrations include Solid Edge® and Autodesk® Inventor™ software)


Features and Benefits

SOLIDWORKS Integration

SolidWorks IntegrationSeamless integration with SOLIDWORKS promotes teamwork across design teams. The built-in automatic notification capabilities will inform, remind or alert team members, when a file has been modified or its status has changed.

Windows Integration

Windows IntegrationThe first and only commercial engineering document management system entirely integrated within Windows Explorer. You can perform all functions with SOLIDWORKS PDM either through Windows Explorer or one of its CAD integrations. As a result there is no proprietary interface to learn, making operation simple and the software one of the easiest and least expensive ways for a company to implement product data management (PDM).

Secure Access

Secure AccessEnables authorized personnel to access the most current design information, quickly, easily and from anywhere. This ensures that the right data is presented to the right user at the right time thereby reducing errors.

Full Document Preview

Document PreviewIn addition to the ability to manage any document type, the built in viewing capabilities support the viewing, including zoom and print, you can preview over 250 different file types. These file types include SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Edge, PDF, Microsoft Office, images, animations, movie files and many others

Find and Re-use Design Data

SearchThe robust search capabilities make it easy to find documents based on their names, contained data, attached metadata, workflow state, etc. These searches can be predefined, saved and shared to one or more users. Once the desired document is found it can easily be reused in new designs.

Template Manager

Template ManagerA powerful wizard based template manager that allows for automatic folder creation with assigned user rights is included. Additionally, this feature can also be used for automatic generation of forms such as ECN, letters, faxes, etc. This provides companies with classification and standards control which can be tied to project based numbering schemes and automatic title block links.

Distributed Design

Vault ReplicationThe globalization of design teams requires that current design data be immediately available to all team members regardless of location. SOLIDWORKS PDM satisfies the need for additional enterprise scalability and support for document/drawing vault replication over a WAN for multi-site, multi-national companies.

Automated Approval Processes Workflow

Automated Workflow ProcessThe workflow functions enable users at local and distributed locations to become active participants in product development, design reviews, engineering change orders, quote approval and other product-related processes. Workflow diagrams define the paths of documents and related information through the various processes along with responsible individuals and their access rights (read, modify, approve, etc.).   Automatic notifications prompt workers on actions required at specific stage gates while an overview of project status shows managers bottlenecks.

Audit Trail

Throughout the lifecycle of your technical data the system tracks and records every event, each workflow, and every version that impacts the data set. The audit tools record who did what and when, and how and why each change was made.

ERP/MRP Connectivity

A fully featured COM based programmer's API is included. Using this API the system can be integrated with most any other system.


SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Product Line

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM for SOLIDWORKS - An integrated CAD client that supports working with all file types, including enhanced management and previewing of many CAD formats such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Edge and SOLIDWORKS.

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Contributor - Windows-based client that supports working with all non-CAD file types including Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Outlook.

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Contributor Web - Web based client that supports working with all non-CAD file types including Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Outlook.

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer - Windows-based client that allows read-only access to file vaults, i.e. user may not add or modify any files. This product is typically used to Search, View and Print.


Table: A list of User Types and PDM product they require
User Type PDM product required
Non-CAD User SOLIDWORKS PDM Contributor/Web Client
View/Print User SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer


Ray Minato, Owner/Desiger, Inertia Engineering & Design Inc.
SOLIDWORKS PDM has proven to be a powerful tool for Inertia Engineering & Design Inc.  Our automotive vehicle development projects typically have a lot of information and a lot of parts and drawings.  This information needs to be assembled in one place, accessed and shared by many people in different locations.

Ray Minato, Owner/Designer, Inertia Engineering + Design Inc.

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SolidWorks Enterprise PDM in Windows Explorer

You can perform all PDM functions through Windows Explorer

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SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Workflow diagram

Automates simple workflow including ECN/ECO processes with a Workflow Editor

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