Securely Store Design Files and Related Data

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.

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 set up right the first time.

Revison Control

Workflow Communication

Multi-User Collaboration

Web Access

Advanced Searching

Reference Management

File Standardization

Branch & Merge

To help to ensure you and your organization can operate efficiently GoEngineer offers Managed Administration Services for all your SOLIDWORKS PDM needs.  To learn more click here.
Official system requirements will change from release to release, so always be sure to doublecheck here: 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 (e.g., 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 users don’t end up with broken references when moving, renaming, or interacting with files. PDM can "see" and manage the relationships between files, automatically updating file references and BOMs as needed. PDM also utilizes Workflows to provide true revision (not just version ) control over files, as well as implements a detailed security model to ensure the right people have the right access at the right time. Check-In/Check-Out functions eliminate pesky ‘conflicted copies’ often seen 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.
We'd be happy to host and manage your SOLIDWORKS PDM. Visit our Hosting Services page for more information. 
It’s best to try and address duplicate file name issues and broken references before 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.


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Why partner with GoEngineer for your SOLIDWORKS PDM integration?

Why Partner with GoEngineer?

GoEngineer is recognized worldwide as the most trusted resource in SOLIDWORKS PDM integration. Our team of Data Management specialists focuses 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.



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