It is estimated that 75 percent of all SOLIDWORKS customers are not using any Product Data Management (PDM) software. By using PDM, companies reduce the time involved with finding and reusing existing designs, managing versions and revisions, and controlling document approvals.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formerly SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM has been renamed to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional in the 2016 release to maintain consistency in the product line and to provide a path for a potential Premium product in the future. This is a full-featured PDM offering for both large and small organisations, enabling them to get their design data under control.

Securely store and index your design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns about version control and data loss, and even share and collaborate on designs online with people outside your organisation. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional you can substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on design.

The capabilities of PDM Professional are well proven in a variety of industries, including mechanical machine design; electronics; medical; alternative energy; consumer products; heavy equipment; mould, tool, and die; and power and process. Therefore, the main target market for EPDM is any multi-seat SOLIDWORKS CAD customer who needs to effectively find and share design documentation and manage document versions.

The software is easy to implement, requiring little IT support, and can be customised to your project workflow. With tight integration to SOLIDWORKS design software, the design team can focus on product development and innovation, improving productivity, no matter what the size and distribution of the organisation.


SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new document management product offer that is based on the same
architecture used by the current SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) product. This makes SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 100% compatible with SOLIDWORKS EPDM, which will enable it to be easily upgraded if and when a customer’s needs require it.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is available with the general release of SOLIDWORKS.



Key Benefits of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

  • Easy to implement, easy to use
  • Create Audit Trails
  • Co-ordinate non CAD data
  • Indexed central store holds all CAD models and supporting documents
  • Logically organised data makes retrieving data using multiple attributes and interfile relationships easy
  • Tracks all versions and revisions so no files are accidentally overwritten
  • Uses Windows Explorer so has virtually no learning curve for end users
  • Tight integration with SOLIDWORKS and other CAD applications provides status reports of all design files
  • Full control to force updates and create appropriate revisions, or allow changes to be ignored
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional supports many file formats including Autodesk, PTC and Siemens data files
  • Search tools help quickly pinpoint data you want across a variety of file types, using a range of search criteria – name, data, metadata, workflow status
  • Tools to increase teamwork between design groups across different locations throughout the world
  • Tracks progress ensuring the right people have access to the right files at the right time
  • Robust reporting provides manages with summary of the project's workflow to assist process improvements and maximise profits