Your Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS PDM

A comprehensive guide to some of the most common questions people have before buying SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management software.

How to Choose a Data Management Solution

Which Solution(s) is Right for You?

Choosing the right solution depends on your team’s size and what functionality you need to support your business processes. Luckily, GoEngineer offers a wide array of options that can be customized for any team and the expertise to guide you through your decision. Whether you are looking for simple revision control for your team, process automation, or robust project management functionality, we have a solution for you.

Here is an overview of the capabilities of each solution to help you choose the right package:

Perfect for small teams, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with every license of SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium on subscription. This simple tool helps teams with data security, revision control, and reusing design data easily.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is a highly customizable tool for managing your product data. A step up from PDM Standard, the Professional version of this add-in is intended for larger teams with large amounts of data. Advanced features include designing workflows, automation, remote access, and much more. 

Teams looking for robust project management features should look at adding SOLIDWORKS Manage to their PDM environment. This solution builds upon SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional functionality by adding a wide array of capabilities encompassing project management, process management, item management, user tasks, dashboards, and reports.

Which License Type(s) Does Your Company Need?

Both SOLIDWORKS PDM and Manage have three levels of license types to accommodate users with different roles. An example would be people who need access to your data but should not have full permissions or capabilities. This ensures users who just need to view data are not unnecessarily occupying a license that your designers need, without racking up a bigger bill for licenses than you need.

PDM Viewer licenses are the most basic license type, allowing users access to read, view, and print files from the PDM vault.

The Contributor level of license adds on the ability to check files in and out, use the web client to search remotely, and work with all file types.

PDM Editor licenses include all of the features of the Viewer and Contributor levels, but also enable users to access PDM functionality from within SOLIDWORKS CAD.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Viewer
Similar to PDM Viewer licenses, these allow users to search, view, and print within the areas of Manage, including documents, data, dashboards, BOMs, and more.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Contributor
Contributor licenses build on the Manage Viewer license functionality to allow for the creation and management of processes, tasks, workflows, and non-CAD data.

The SOLIDWORKS Manage CAD Editor license grants full access to all areas of SOLIDWORKS Manage, including the creation and editing of CAD data.


Does Adding a Virtual or Cloud Solution Make Sense?

Do You Need Additional Collaboration Capabilities? Or Want to Limit On-premise IT Infrastructure?

If your entire team does not work together in a single location, collaboration and management of data and projects can become a challenge with traditional solutions. In these cases, customers often find that adding a Cloud solution can improve efficiency.

Cloud services available to enhance your SOLIDWORKS data management tools include:

ENOVIAWorks PLM Cloud Solution

ENOVIAWorks PLM Solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

ENOVIAworks is a portfolio of integrated services that provide data management and PLM capabilities without the investment in hardware infrastructure. Built on the cloud-based 3D EXPERIENCE platform, this solution serves as the backbone for managing data and product lifecycles. You can easily share SOLIDWORKS designs, manage projects, and collaborate from any device.

How to Buy SOLIDWORKS Data Management Solutions

Contact Your SOLIDWORKS Reseller

In order to purchase and use a SOLIDWORKS PDM or Manage add-in package, you must first have a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD license. Add-in licenses are purchased through your certified reseller.

How to Buy SOLIDWORKS Data Management Solutions

If you need to purchase a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD license first, we recommend starting with our Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS with answers to common questions like:

  • Where to buy SOLIDWORKS?
  • How to buy SOLIDWORKS?
  • Types of SOLIDWORKS licenses?
  • Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Subscription?
  • Options to rent vs. buy SOLIDWORKS


What is the Price of SOLIDWORKS PDM?

How Much Do SOLIDWORKS Data Management Solutions Cost?

Costs of Data Management solutions vary greatly based on the type of license, size of your team, as well as your company needs. As a starting point, a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional CAD Editor Network License starts at $2,285. Annual subscription service on that license is $621and covers technical support, upgrades, and much more.


Need to Dive Deeper Into PDM to Learn More?

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