SolidWorks PDM Professional

A comprehensive PDM design solution

SolidWorks PDM Professional

SolidWorks PDM Professional


SolidWorks PDM Professional is a full-featured data management solution for organizations large and small. A data vault powered by Microsoft® SQL Server® guarantees all information is securely stored and indexed for fast retrieval by authorized users within your company. Easy to implement, fully configurable and extensible via the API, SolidWorks PDM Professional efficiently guides your product teams through your development processes, ensuring that team members have access to the right files at the right time. Localized vault replication and support of multiple CAD applications provides unmatched productivity, no matter the size, distribution, and diversity of your organization.

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What's New in SolidWorks 2018?

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is packed full of new features and enhancements to improve file management, most of which were created in direct response to customer requests. During this recorded webinar we demonstrate the new Branch and Merge feature, SOLIDWORKS Revision Table integration, and discuss many other new enhancements added to the latest version of PDM.

Webinar: What's new in SolidWorks 2018?
Video: An Introduction to SOLIDWORKS PDM
An Introduction to SolidWorks PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is packed full of new features and enhancements to improve file management, most of which were created in direct response to customer requests. During this recorded webinar we demonstrate the new Branch and Merge feature, SOLIDWORKS Revision Table integration, and discuss many other new enhancements added to the latest version of PDM.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

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SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Create sophisticated part and assembly designs quickly and efficiently with SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. Powerful, easy-to-use design capabilities combined with a range of tools for drawing creation, design analysis, cost estimation, rendering, animation, and file management create an intuitive system for developing innovative products that make you more productive, lowers costs, and accelerates your time-to-market.

Part and Assembly Modeling

Handle all aspects of your part and assembly modeling with the SOLIDWORKS 3D design system for transforming ideas and concepts into virtual 3D models. For conceptual design, create 3D designs quickly using imported images, simple sketches, or scanned 3D data, and then add more details as the design evolves. Assembly structure planning lets you quickly lay out your design assembly structure and then export to SOLIDWORKS for automatically creating CAD files. Direct model editing lets you manipulate and modify 3D geometry working directly on 3D CAD models.

2D Drawings

Create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current and clearly communicate how your design should be manufactured and assembled. SOLIDWORKS associativity links a 2D drawing directly with a 3D solid model so updates to the 3D model can be automatically reflected in the 2D drawing. SOLIDWORKS accelerates your design process, saving time and development costs while increasing productivity.

Design Reuse and Automation

Leverage existing engineering data to create new designs and speed up new product development. With SOLIDWORKS, a range of tools helps you reuse existing 3D CAD models and 2D drawings, which accelerates your design process, saves time and development costs, and increases productivity. SOLIDWORKS search, automation, and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs.

Collaborate and Share CAD Data

SOLIDWORKS product collaboration tools help members of your design team work closely with other project stakeholders, outside vendors and customers. You can also protect proprietary design data before sharing it beyond your organization. and to manage project data, and control design revisions. SOLIDWORKS product collaboration tools include many innovative, time saving features such as 3D Interconnect, eDrawings®, and 3D Mark Up of parts and assemblies.

Interference Check

Before going into production, verify that your parts and assemblies will fit, assemble, and operate correctly with SOLIDWORKS Interference Check. Fully integrated with CAD, you can use Interference Check in 2D and 3D while you design to accelerate your product development process, and analyze tolerances to assess manufacturability.

First-Pass Analysis Tools

SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress is a first-pass analysis tool that lets you perform basic stress analysis on individual parts. You can quickly determine effects of force and pressure and generate reports to document results.

CAM Programming (SOLIDWORKS CAM)

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard powered by CAMWorks® is an integrated 2.5-axis milling and 2-axis lathe programming solution. By utilizing the emerging technologies of Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Knowledge-Based Machining (KBM), SOLIDWORKS CAM can rapidly transform your Design-to-Manufacturing process by improving communication, reducing errors, reducing cycle times, and increasing your product quality.
SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard included with active subscription of SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional or Premium.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

To ensure your product can be manufactured, SOLIDWORKS provides 3D tools for reviewing your design early in the development process. It is much easier and less costly to correct issues found during the design stage than correcting them during manufacturing planning or after your design is in production.

Productivity Tools

SOLIDWORKS has a variety of tools designed to make you more productive, including capabilities for design analysis, comparison, checking, and reporting.

Advanced CAD File Import/Export and 3D Interconnect

SOLIDWORKS provides more than 30 translators to convert incoming CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format or to export SOLIDWORKS data to other CAD products. 3D Interconnect opens most major CAD formats directly in SOLIDWORKS with no need to convert or save the data as a SOLIDWORKS file.

CAD Libraries (SOLIDWORKS Toolbox)

SOLIDWORKS CAD libraries provide you access for easily accessing, locating, downloading, saving, and sharing prebuilt 3D CAD models and commonly reused CAD data.

Design for Cost (SOLIDWORKS Costing)

SOLIDWORKS automatic cost estimation tools are fully integrated with 3D CAD, enabling you to continuously check your designs against cost targets. Easily monitor manufacturing costs as you design, thereby avoiding costly redesigns and production delays. Manufacturers can also use SOLIDWORKS cost estimation tools to automate quoting processes.

ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks)

Share data between electrical CAD (ECAD) and mechanical CAD (MCAD) designers using CircuitWorks™. CircuitWorks enables you to share, compare, update, and track electrical design data so users can quickly resolve electrical- mechanical integration and collaboration problems.

CAD Standards Checking (Design Checker)

Establish design standards and check drawings (or models) with SOLIDWORKS to create uniform designs and documentation. Use SOLIDWORKS to establish design standards, and then check drawings (or models) against them as you design to ensure consistent and complete drawing outputs.

Collaboration with eDrawings Professional

Use eDrawings® software to increase collaboration, accelerate your design process, and increase productivity by viewing SOLIDWORKS 3D models and 2D drawings in an email-ready format. eDrawings Professional allows users to quickly and accurately view, measure, and mark-up designs which improves communication between designers, manufacturers, and customers.

Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)

The TolAnalyst tolerance analysis tool automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and to verify tolerancing schemes before a product goes into production. The tolerance analysis can be rerun if a dimensioning or tolerancing change is made, enabling you to get to an optimized tolerancing scheme.

Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (SOLIDWORKS Visualize)

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard lets you create compelling visual content of your 3D designs with ease and flexibility. By utilizing photo-quality content early in the design process, useful early feedback can be received so you can make more informed design decisions.

SOLIDWORKS File Management

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard provides CAD file management that enables individual users and small workgroups to manage project data, control design revisions, and control access to files.

Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D)

With reverse engineering, you can recreate designs based on ones that already exist, accelerating product development, reducing risk, saving time, and increasing productivity. Use the ScanTo3D capability to import, edit, evaluate, and create solid geometry from scanned point cloud and mesh data.

Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies

Linear stress analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be a regular part of your design process, reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework and delays, and saving time and development costs. Linear stress analysis calculates the stresses and deformations of geometry. SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods to discretize design components into solid, shell, or beam elements and uses linear stress analysis to determine the response of parts and assemblies.

Pipe and Tube Routing

Use the wide range of tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium to simplify the design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems and applications, including machinery, skid systems, and process plant piping.

Electrical Cable and Wiring Harness Routing

SOLIDWORKS Premium includes design tools that build a path of pipes, tubes, or electrical cables for assemblies. Routing creates a special type of subassembly that builds a path of pipes, tubes, or electrical cables between components.

Advanced Surface Flattening

Many products are manufactured by forming a flat material, such as sheet metal stock, into complex shapes. SOLIDWORKS advanced surface flattening functionality provides control and flexibility for flattening these complex surfaces.

Rectangular and Other Section Routing

SOLIDWORKS Routing can be used to route rectangular and round sections that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes, and other systems.

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SolidWorks PDM Professional Capabilities

Listed below, are some of the powerful features that SolidWorks PDM Professional users benefit from. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact us.

File Management

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Manage all types of product development files using affordable, easy-to-implement SolidWorks PDM Professional or SolidWorks PDM Standard product data management solutions. These robust file management solutions provide the centralized file vaulting capabilities needed to manage and control electronic intellectual property and product design data. With little user overhead and a short learning curve, the system delivers a low total cost of ownership. The intuitive user interface, built right into Windows® Explorer, is extremely easy to use because there’s no need to learn a separate interface.

Revision Management

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Focus on innovative product development by managing design revisions more effectively with SolidWorks PDM Professional or SolidWorks PDM Standard software. Track changes, maintain a complete revision history of a design’s evolution, and avoid the errors of manual approaches.

Bill of Materials Management

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Efficiently and accurately maintain bill of materials (BOM) information with the BOM management solutions in SolidWorks PDM Professional software. Traditional maintenance of BOM information using standard spreadsheet tools is inefficient and error-prone with no direct link to the CAD data. The SolidWorks PDM Professional system offers a range of tools for making BOM information management more efficient, enabling you to export BOM data in multiple ways to use in downstream applications and systems, and giving non-CAD users access to BOM data.

Distributed Collaboration

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Drive collaboration throughout your organization, whether it’s in just one place or around the world. SolidWorks PDM Professional provides the tools and capabilities that your enterprise needs to keep people connected, up to date, and working on the same set of data, regardless of their location. This global connectivity supports the distributed collaboration that is essential for compressing engineering cycles and accelerating time-to-market.

Regulatory Compliance

The SolidWorks PDM Professional system helps companies in regulated fields (like medical device development) comply with government regulatory requirements or industry standards for controlled development processes and product documentation by increasing operational efficiency, ensuring regulations are met,and generating the information needed to demonstrate compliance. SolidWorks PDM Professional takes just weeks to implement—not the months needed by other systems—to improve both processes and documentation performance. Its high user acceptance and low total cost of ownership enable compliance efforts to be improved quickly and affordably, providing a rapid return on your investment.

Design Reuse

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Save time, control costs, and improve quality through design reuse, using SolidWorks PDM Professional or SolidWorks PDM Standard to create a framework for quickly locating and reusing or repurposing existing design data. Instead of spending time trying to find prior designs on shared drives or local workstations—or recreating designs when you can’t find them—you can use SolidWorks PDM tools to locate them quickly.

Engineering Change Management

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Significantly reduce the time needed to complete your design approval and engineering change order (ECO) processes with the automated electronic workflow system in SolidWorks PDM Professional software. Automatically expedite the flow of information instead of managing engineering changes through manual or paper-based methods—often so time-consuming that they require full-time staff to coordinate.

Secure File Vaulting

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Securely control access to sensitive or proprietary product information using the easy-to-implement SolidWorks PDM Professional and SolidWorks PDM Standard systems. With secure file vaulting, user access is tightly managed—even within distributed computing environments—and security risks that arise from using shared network drives are eliminated. The benefits of secure file vaulting extend beyond individual file security and user access control, including:

  • Workflow tracking
  • File routing
  • Data storage
  • Replication
  • Data backup

With SolidWorks PDM products, data is kept secure, up to date, and accessible. The system eliminates duplicate work and delays, while saving time and development costs.

Enterprise Scalability

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Easily connect the design data needs of your entire enterprise, whether for just a few users in a single location or hundreds of contributors working in multiple locations around the world. SolidWorks PDM Professional provides one convenient, vaulted location where colleagues can store and retrieve data. Efficient file storage and retrieval enables millions of files to be managed.