SOLIDWORKS PDM

What is PDM?

PDM stands for Product Data Management.

PDM is a secure data vault for all your CAD and design process information. A fully configurable environment, SOLIDWORKS PDM enables your teams to securely store design files and related data for fast retrieval.

Eliminate concerns over version control and data loss and collaborate on designs across multiple locations with SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Why Do I Need It?

Have you ever had someone overwrite your file? Not sure if you're working on the latest revision of your design? Have you spent too much time trying to find that Drawing?

Learn how SOLIDWORKS PDM can help address these common data management challenges in your ogranization by watching these videos.

How Do I Get Started?

Installation, process configuration, data migration, and user training… Implementing a data management tool into your company can seem like a daunting task.

Fortunately, the expert PDM Implementation team at GoEngineer is here to help. Learn about our proven process that ensures your SOLIDWORKS PDM system is setup right the first time.

Why Partner with GoEngineer

GoEngineer is recognized worldwide as the most trusted resource in SOLIDWORKS PDM integration. Our team of Data Management specialists focus solely on helping our customers implement SOLIDWORKS PDM into their current business environment as quickly as possible to minimize downtime and begin reaping the rewards of this powerful tool in as little as a few days.

Whereas consultants would rather build a system only they can modify, we employ a unique approach to system implementation; focused not only on configuring the simplest solution to meet your needs, but training your administrators to be self-sufficient. By avoiding overly-complex customizations, you gain the flexibility to adapt to needs as your company grows and evolves.

We’ve helped hundreds of businesses just like yours implement SOLIDWORKS PDM and we’re 100% confident we can help you too.

Customer Success Stories

Don’t take our word for it, see what some of our customers have to say about GoEngineer and SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Have more questions?


Nope. Administrative overhead is very low with SOLIDWORKS PDM – on the order of a couple of hours per month. Typically a CAD Admin or Power User fulfills this role when needing to add or remove users to the system, or perform the occasional Rollback on files.


Official system requirements will change from release to release, so always be sure to doublecheck here: https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/PDMSystemRequirements.html Most customers will have a good-performing environment when the Database server has 4 CPU Cores, and 8Gb RAM. Make sure to plan for about 5x of your current dataset for Archive Server Capacity (example, if you currently have 100Gb of data you plan to store in the vault, make sure your Archive Server has at least 500Gb capacity).


SOLIDWORKS is a CAD company, and CAD files are Complex…Drawings contain Assemblies, Assemblies contain other Assemblies, which in turn contain Parts. SOLIDWORKS PDM understands and manages those relationships natively, so you don’t end up with Broken References when moving, renaming, or interacting with your files. We have the added benefit of seeing Contains/Where Used, and BOM information because we’re managing those CAD references. PDM also utilizes Workflows to provide true Revision (not just Version) control over files, as well as implements a detailed security model ensure the right people have the right access at the right time. We utilize a Check-In/Check-Out function to eliminate those pesky ‘conflicted copies’ you see with other file-syncing tools. Finally, SOLIDWORKS PDM is designed as a client/server application, not a hosted cloud service, so your data stays within your company’s network.


PDM can be used independently of your SOLIDWORKS CAD software, and can manage any number of file types…it’s not just for engineers! All PDM licenses are floating licenses, meaning anyone who logs in to your system (employees or outside partners) pulls from your pool of available licenses.


We recommend keeping SOLIDWORKS CAD and PDM on the same major version, but we understand that sometimes you need to use older versions of SOLIDWORKS when interfacing with your customers and partners. The RULE is that PDM must be newer than or equal to your CAD installation.


SOLIDWORKS PDM is built and intended to run as a client/server application. We do have customers who run their PDM servers in Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Service environments. This is usually a good solution when you have remote offices with high latency back to your database, where Microsoft or Amazon can generally provide a better connection globally for those remote sites. Archive server(s) are still typically on-premise, as that’s where the physical files themselves are stored. If you’d like to discuss how to best put your PDM in the cloud, fill out the contact request form below and put “Cloud access” in the comment section and our experts will reach out to you right away.


To discuss GoEngineer hosting your SOLIDWORKS PDM please fill out the form below and put “PDM Hosting” in the comment section and we’ll reach out to you right away.


Yes, licenses can be shared. All PDM licenses are floating licenses, meaning anyone who logs in to your system (employees or outside partners) pulls from your pool of available licenses.


It’s best to try and address duplicate file name issues and broken references prior to loading your data into PDM, that way you’re starting with a ‘clean’ dataset that will work well for you going forward. Our GoDataAnalysis tool can help identify potential ‘problematic’ issues and files up front, so that’s always a great place to start. If you would like access to our GoDataAnalysis tool please fill out the form below and put “GoDataAnalysis” in the Comment section and we’ll reach out to you right away.

Let's Get Started

So now you know what SOLIDWORKS PDM is and you know how your company would benefit. All that’s left is to discuss your specific needs and where we can help. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Get Started!

Request a complimentary Business Assessment from one of our experienced Data Management Specialists who can answer all of your SOLIDWORKS PDM questions.