SolidWorks

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

4.5 / 5 15 reviews


Average Ratings

15 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    In Person
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • SolidWorks
  • www.solidworks.com

About SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

Manage product data, share design information, automate workflows, and improve collaboration between engineering and manufacturing.


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SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Features

  • Bill of Material Management
  • Document Management
  • Formula Management
  • Product Analytics
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Testing Management
  • Version Control

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Easy to use, efficient

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I enjoy the fact that there is a simple to use part management addition to solidworks for companies to use to keep track of parts

Cons: After using the software for a little while, I am finally getting used to it. It has taken some time to set up, but we are operating more efficiently with this software

Solidworks is a great tool for designing.

Dec 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: My favorite thing about this software is the 3D rendering capabilities that leave almost no limit to the imagination.

Cons: My least favorite thing about this software is how much there is to learn to use this program to its full potential.

Overall: A good system to design what I have in mind with great detail.

Use the program for central control and distribution of documents. Solid performance and stability

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of deployment. Allows use within the Windows Explorer interface with document printing and preview within the windows. This eases the user adaption of the product. Our usage is primarily for drawing and model sharing in an environment of approximate 100 users. The controlled access has been key to our revision control process. Our users also enjoy the ability to preview the documents without opening the creating programs - Acrobat, Solidworks, or AutoCad as examples. For Solidworks models, zooming and rotating the view within preview window is also very powerful.

Cons: Initial launch can be 15 to 30 seconds. After that the usage is very quick. Unsure about interface on Windows 10 as our environment is currently Win 7.

Overall: Drawing control, design access, revision control

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM organizes all of our files.

Oct 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It allows us to manage the life cycle of our SolidWorks parts and libraries as well as managing our related documents. The support offered by SolidWorks is second to none.

Cons: The initial cost is relatively steep, but it does offer a more than competitive feature set. From the administration side, it does require someone with SQL and Windows server experience, which could be a challenge for a small team. Although, it is easy enough to get training and support from your SolidWorks VAR.

Extremely Customizable, fits almost any business model.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to quickly and easily create workflows to match your specific processes is the best feature. We have adapted this tool not only to support Engineering processes and Quality processes, but it supports Planning, Production, Marketing and even Purchasing. If you want to buy something, you initiate the request from PDM.

Cons: Historically, PDM has had some fairly generic tools for the notification system and its error messages should be more specific. To be told that a document doesn't meet the conditions of a transition request without an indicator of what the failure point was is a bit harsh, but it's my understanding that this will change in 2018. Can' wait.

Overall: We are supporting key business processes throughout the organization with this tool. Any process that relies on forms, visibility, approval loops and audit trails can be handled by PDM.

A Solid Solution for Small to Mid Sized Companies

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The addition of customized workflows improves ability to make SolidWorks PDM fit within the company's procedures. It has allowed nearly seamless work sharing on large complicated assemblies. The greatest asset that PDM offers us is consistent storage and organization - making components and sub assemblies easy to find and easy to determine correct revisions/versions of files. Overall, it is one of the cheapest solutions with lots of options for configuration. I would highly recommend it.

Cons: Setup can be a bit complicated and confusing. While there are videos and documentation walking you through most of the installation steps - knowing how to setup custom workflows, variables, and data cards can be a frustrating event. Having a consultant setup the PDM can be really expensive, but there are lots of proprietary knowledge that's necessary to really grasp custom configuration. The software itself is not as straight forward as I'd like to see - especially understanding the nuances of versions and revisions.

Very helpful with file management and revision control

Jul 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: reduces duplication and tracks changes well. It also gives the ability to go back and view past revisions.

Cons: it makes the process of creating new parts and assemblies ridged. So if you ever need to make something quick and dont need the structure then it can be a definite set back. but for the most part that is the point of the software.

Overall: document control

I used this program to access our stored and shared design files. Have been using 3 years.

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: Control of access to the designs, especially during the revision process is very strong. I like that the program prevents accidental release of the incorrect version of a design. Visual preview of the design and bill of materials is also great.

Cons: First loading the program for first use of the day can be quite slow. Agonizingly so. Once the program is loaded, the lookup speed could definitely be better. When starting program too, it too often is waiting to load the latest versions of files.

Overall: Design control of share design resources.

Some aspects are frustrating and confusing, but much better than trying to manage parts on my own.

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Our file system has been a mess. Using this product has helped us to keep track of our designs much better, especially by requiring that the files are in the system before the parts can be prototyped. EPDM is the only way to go!

Cons: I don't like not being able to go back to previous designs without messing up my assemblies. The prompts are not intuitive and I have lost file information by choosing wrong.

Industrial Designer with over 15years experience. My current company uses PDM.

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that each part is automatically given a new rev without having to do it manually. Updating parts in assemblies with a newer version is easy.

Cons: When searching for files I have to start at the beginning each time. Once I exit a folder and try to access another folder that folder doesn't show its contents. The folder is empty. I have to start at the beginning of EPDM and then the files will show up.

Very powerful, but steep learning curve

Apr 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Lots of functionality but does require quite a bit of learning to make it work within the constraints of your documentation system.

Software review

Apr 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: New PDM software is working well. Backward compatibility is also quit good compared to previous versions. .

Great software tool

Apr 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: I've used solidworks throughout my time in college. The software itself is easy to use and extremely versatile in what you can do with it. Highly recommend!

Great product but could use better user guide

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The renderings.

Cons: Usability

Overall: I used this package to develop the mechanical drawings for a payload for a project. I had had no formal training in Solidworks so I had to teach myself. While I expected it to be a long process, I wish there was a better getting started guide to walk me through the first steps and getting acquainted better with the program. Once I got accustomed to it, things went smoothly.

If you are using SOLIDWORKS there is only one choice for PDM... SOLIDWORKS PDM

Dec 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Don┬┐t let its name fool you: SOLIDWORKS PDM (PDM) is the premier data management choice for SOLIDWORKS Users regardless of your size. 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.