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How to install the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In [VIDEO]

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE created/updated June 2, 2015

The SOLIDWORKS PDM CAD Editor license includes access to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In for use right within the SOLIDWORKS program.  Through this Add-in, you have quick access to many PDM actions and information from the Task Pane area of SOLIDWORKS.

However, if after installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client, the PDM Add-in is missing from the list of Add-ins within SOLIDWORKS you will need to make a quick modification to the PDM installation.

There are two specific things that you will need to check:  First, that you are using the correct license type (the Editor license), and second, that you did select to install the Add-in.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In listed

Add In List

Here is a video of the steps to install the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in for SOLIDWORKS:

Step-by-step SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Install Instructions

Step 1:  Modify the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation through Programs and Features in the Windows Control Panel.  Select the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation and click “Change”.

Change Installation

Change Installation

Step 2: Select the Next button are required to continue

Installation Manager

Installation Manager

Step 3:  In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Installation Manager select “Modify”

Modify EPDM Install

Modify EPDM Install

Step 4:  Continue to the “Choose Product Type” page of the Installation Manager and make sure that the “SolidWorks PDM Editor” license type is selected.

Select Editor License

Select Editor License

Step 5:  On the “Select Add-Ins” page and make sure that the SolidWorks add-in is checked.

Select SOLIDWORKS

Select SOLIDWORKS

Step 6:  Click Install to complete finish installing the Add-in.

Install

Install

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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