Easily manage SOLIDWORKS data in a workgroup environment

What is SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, powered by Microsoft® SQL Server Express and fully embedded into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and Windows® Explorer, provides an intuitive set of configurable tools to manage your SOLIDWORKS files.

Designed for the Workgroup

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new data management solution for smaller workgroup environments in one geographic location. Included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard helps SOLIDWORKS and DraftSight users easily and efficiently organize and manage their data.  SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard can be easily upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional if and when needs change.


Bring your design data under control and improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development.

SOLIDWORKS Controller Model
  • File Reference Management

    Maintain all file references between SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, drawings, and other types of design data automatically.

  • PDM Clients

    Available PDM CAD client for SOLIDWORKS, Contributor Client for non-CAD users, and Viewer Client for team members who just need to review data.

  • Revision and Version Control (limited to 2 schemes)

    Ensure the appropriate personnel are always working with the right version of a design.

  • Advanced Searching

    Take advantage of powerful file searching tools to quickly find the design data that you need across a range of file types.

  • Electronic Workflow (limited to 1)

    Create an electronic workflow to formalize, manage, and optimize processes. With a maximum of 10 workflow states.

  • Electronic Signature

    Save time by using an automated, electronic process to circulate documents for signature and approval.

  • Network Licenses

    SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Clients can be shared via a network license

  • File Structure Copy and Rename

    File structure and naming manipulation capabilities enable easier reuse of design data. Repurpose existing CAD model structures to account for new “same as, but different” scenarios that utilize existing designs.

  • Regulatory Compliance

    Facilitate compliance with government regulatory requirements and industry standards.

  • Secure Access

    Protect your product design data with secure, managed access for only authorized Individuals. In addition to internal users, you can permit access to partners, customers and your supply chain through VPN access.

  • Integrated CAD Preview

    Dynamically preview SOLIDWORKS and DraftSight files with the integrated eDrawings based preview window.

  • Fast Data Access

    SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard maintains the convenience of local file access directly from your workstation and only uses the network to check-in or check-out files, as needed

  • Audit Trail and History

    Maintain a complete history of product design, engineering, and development activities.


SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Features

Centralize the storage of all your engineering data and related files


Find the data you are looking for fast

Engineers and designers can spend a lot of time searching for files. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard offers robust search tools to speed the process.

  • Advanced searching inside Windows Explorer
  • Configurable search form presents users with input fields relating to company specific information
  • Built-in SOLIDWORKS file preview helps confirm the desired file is accessed

Maintain version and revision history

Creating and maintaining proper version and revision history is difficult and creates a lot of duplicate information. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard makes this easy because it automatically maintains full design history.

  • Versions are automatically created and references updated
  • Flexible revision scheme to adhere to company standards
  • Increment revisions automatically based on a defined approval process
  • Easily retrieve previous versions of parts, assemblies, and drawings while working in SOLIDWORKS

Electronic Workflow

Relying on paper-based or inefficient document approval processes wastes time. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard helps to automate this process and keeps everyone up to date.

  • Control access to certain users or groups based on workflow state
  • Automatically send notifications to designated users and groups when files have changed state
  • Utilize up to 10 configurable states to add electronic signature information during the approval process
  • Easy-to-use graphical workflow tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Training

Learn how to use the client and administrator tools


Canadian Designers & Manufacturers organize their data with SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vs Professional

Which version is right for you?


Discover the differences between the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional versions:

This Microsoft article provides a comparison between SQL Express used for the PDM Standard version and SQL Standard used on the PDM Professional version. The important thing to note is the limit of the database of 10 GB on SQL Express. This may prove to be an issue for larger vaults.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Advantages

Here are a list of the main advantages of using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional:

  • Multi-site replication is key to allowing the sharing of data across multiple locations. This functionality can ensure that all locations have the latest versions of files.
  • Search: The additional search tools in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, allows the creation of custom searches, saving of search favorites and increased search performance.
  • Viewers: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional allows the use of viewers for file types other than SOLIDWORKS. This allows users to preview non-SOLIDWORKS files while browsing the vault.
  • Templates allows the automation and standardization of creating documents, such as ECO’s. Templates can also automatically create a predefined folder structure and automatically name these folders. For example, a folder could be named after project number or customer.
  • Serial Numbers can be automatically generated in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Files can then be automatically named, using the serial number.
  • Multiple Workflows allows a separate workflow for different products, departments and divisions.
  • Unlimited Workflow States allows the creation of a workflow that accurately represents a company’s product lifecycle.
  • Automated Tasks can be used to run tasks that are performed frequently. For example, batch printing of files, or the conversion of files to different file formats.
  • Web Clients allows customers, vendors and others to access files in the vault through the web. Access permission is controlled by the PDM administrator.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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