SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) solutions help you get your design data under control and substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development.

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What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 introduces new capabilities for branching and merging parallel design paths, synchronizing revision schemes with SOLIDWORKS revision tables and more. These new enhancments allow engineering teams large and small to collaborate seamlessly and manage complex engineering CAD data with ease.

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SOLIDWORKS PDM (PDM) is a full-featured data management solution for organizations large and small. It lets you find and repurpose files, parts and drawings, share design information, automate workflows, and ensure manufacturing always has the right version.

With the incredible advantage of being based on Microsoft SQL Server, PDM has enormous flexibility in how it can be configured. From simple revision management and search all the way to full blown engineering change control and companywide document management, PDM can be what you want it to be.

Conventional wisdom dictates that a system with this much flexibility would be incredibly difficult to configure and integrate into your company, however the exact opposite is true with PDM. Hawk Ridge Systems can have PDM installed, configured and running at your site in as little as 1 day.

Easy-to-implement SOLIDWORKS PDM software provides a comprehensive set of intuitive product data management solutions that keep you focused on designing better products, instead of searching for data. A range of capabilities help you quickly and efficiently manage your data files and documentation to maximize productivity and improve product quality.


Featured Solutions

Manage & Control with Ease

With File Management, managing and controlling all your product development data has never been easier.

Easy Design Reuse

Quickly locate and reuse existing design data to save time and control costs.

Keep Track of Revisions

Track design changes and avoid the errors of manual approaches.

Quick Design Approval

Reduce the time to complete your design approval and engineering change order (ECO) processes.

Manage Your BOMs

Maintain, manipulate, and leverage Bill of Materials (BOM) information to support downstream applications and systems.

Ensure Regulatory Compliance

Facilitate compliance with government regulatory requirements and industry standards.

Distributed Collaboration

Collaborate throughout your organization while keeping people connected, current, and working on the same set of data.

Enterprise Scalability

Connect the design data needs of your entire enterprise.


SOLIDWORKS PDM is a collaboration platform that combines a highly scalable data repository with a suite of information management tools in a single, easy-to-implement solution. It enables information sharing among internal staff, partners, and vendors, while automatically protecting data with integrated tracking and version control.


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Intuitive Interface

Adoption of a new system can be a difficult task – however, PDM relieves that burden by providing users with a familiar, easy to learn windows explorer interface. Files can be opened or saved in PDM by using the command in the program you are working with. To browse for a file, you can simply open Windows Explorer and browse your local computer or use the built in searching interface to find files even faster. By eliminating the need to learn a separate interface, the user adoption time is greatly decreased.

Automate Business Processes

With PDM you have the flexibility to map your own processes into the system. By creating the step-by-step workflows you wish users to follow, you ensure a controlled, repeatable environment with less risk for human error. In addition, the workflows in PDM can automate the creation of PDF documents, electronic signatures, email notifications and more.

Centralized Data Storage

By storing all your data in one, centralized vault, you are assured that everyone in your company always has access to the most current information, even if they are in different offices. This single storage will dramatically increase your engineering departments efficiency by making it easy to find and reuse existing data. PDM also controls more than just SOLIDWORKS documents – so if other departments in your company are looking for a secure, easy to use vaulting solution, you can easily open up the PDM vault to them.


Easy-to-implement SOLIDWORKS PDM software provides a range of sophisticated capabilities that power a comprehensive set of intuitive product data management (PDM) solutions for implementing, administering, and leveraging PDM as the underlying foundation of your product development operations.

File Reference Management

Maintain all file references between parts, assemblies, drawings, and other types of design data automatically.

Revision and Version Control

Ensure the appropriate personnel are always working with the right version of a design

Advanced Searching

Take advantage of powerful file searching tools to quickly find the design data that you need across a range of file types.

Electronic Workflow

Create an electronic workflow to formalize, manage, and optimize processes.

Electronic Signature

Save time by using an automated, electronic process to circulate documents for signature and approval.

Audit Trail and History

Maintain a complete history of product design, engineering, and development activities.

BOM Export

Export bill of materials (BOM) information for use in downstream applications and systems.

Multisite Replication

Support collaboration among design groups by replicating your data vault to multiple sites.