SolidWorks

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM


4.5 / 5
37 reviews


Average Ratings

37 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $7,995.00/one-time/user
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    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.


SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Features

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

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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
Value for Money
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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.

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

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A complete business rev control and process management system

Jul 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The greatest advantage to this software is the level of customization that is possible. I have developed the workflow tool in our business to support not only Engineering-centric processes - but also Quality, Operations and even Purchasing/Accounting processes are supported.

Cons: Some elements of the development interface take a little patience and a bit of getting used to. There are several dialog boxes in the development area that don't support copy and paste, or select all (Ctrl+A), etc. You get used to working around these elements, but I'd like to see these features added.

Overall: Rev control, file management, business process management, ease of use.

I use SolidWorks every day for my job as a Design Engineer and Enterprise PDM keeps everyone synched

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SolidWorks is easily the most used software by engineers at my company. Because so much of our work is collaborative or builds off of previous models having Enterprise PDM is essential. Everything is easy to find and everyone can access the same base parts to make sure that all of our products are uniform. It's quick, it's easy, and it helps me make sure my projects are made correctly.

Cons: It can be complicated, like much of SolidWorks everything is not intuitive at first glance, but this dissipates over time and constant use.

Overall: Collaborate and synchronized data for SolidWorks drawings and solid models.

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

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Solidworks is the program that I have used for 5 years to teach the industrial drawing class.

Jul 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: What I like most is that it is a program is used very easily. The software allows to simulate the behavior of mechanical parts, which is of great help when making a design.

Cons: What displeases me about the program is that the library of materials and screws is a bit limited, and the materials do not always look real.

Overall: I have been able to teach my students how to do simulations of detailed drawings of mechanical parts. I have also used the software to design a machine to assemble bamboo panels used in the construction industry.

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.

Easy to use for drafting and engineering professionals

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is easy to use and there are many robust tools and the functionality is great. It works great for drawing up parts for manufacturing.

Cons: Complex grid valve array with a huge number of mates in it was stable in older versions. If you open in it 2018 it is no longer stable and produces problems. Too many mouse clicks are required for 'ARE YOU SURE' boxes popping up.

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.

Solidworks ePDM Basic tool of modern company

Oct 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: best way to track and menage documentation, reviews, version and modifications on 3d models.

very complex setup process, but in the end it worth it.

smart way of name coding

Cons: very complex setup process, but in the end it worth it.

too complex process of creating cards, custom design properties, check in/out

Overall: Basic tool of modern company

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.

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Software is excellent when making corrective reviews of the designs presented

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: What I like most about this software is that it synchronizes the design data and saves it to me securely. In addition to the time, the great time that allows me to save by reusing parts or elements designed in advance and that I can redesign because it is stored in the files, the main advantage being the visualization by the windows explorer which avoids having to open each file to know what it is.

Cons: In reference to this software, there are no negative aspects that stand out according to the functionalities offered. That is to say, the control of revision of the designs is an excellent option at the same time that I can share the designs in a more efficient way, to elevate the level of the design and to dedicate more time to innovate in them and not to remake mechanical elements that already I had done one once.

Overall: Another indisputable benefit is the availability of the list of materials, it is excellent when manufacturing is necessary to modify the design due to lack of specific material.

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software for engineers

Aug 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: there are multiple programs to design in engineering but this is one of the software used in mechanical engineering, aeronautics and industrial, is a program for these students of these related careers develop, model parts and assemblies and extract from them both technical and other types of information necessary for production.

Cons: What I like least about this software is that users must have a 64bit computer to be able to use solidwork from 2015 to the current year

Overall: I have used this software for engineers to design mechanical parts such as a camshaft. with my experience on this program I would say that it is much easier and can be modeled by guaranteeing the quality and operation of your designs before committing to manufacture them. This software is made up of three modules: piece, assembly and drawing.

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

developing engineering

Aug 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: the most useful application for modeling 3D parts. Solidworks allows me to design parts in detail with small error margins, besides this it allows me to extract the construction drawings of these pieces quickly, including all the information necessary for their manufacture.

Cons: Some of the problems I've had have been because of the compatibility between different versions of the software. During the use of the program I have had problems but the help window of the software has been useful to solve them.

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

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.

I love solidworks for design and simulation in 3D, its ease of use is the best.

May 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: What I like about solidworks are the simulations and the different materials that can be used, all their options and very useful tools when designing in engineering.

Cons: what I like the least is the rendering time, if the user does not have a team of good features can tadar more than expected.

Overall: Development in the CAD area. Quality in engineering designs.

A step up from CAD

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Tutorials are fantastic and if you are a user of CAD should be fairly simple to transition over as long as you are familiar with the drawing basic principles.

Cons: If you are not comfortable with change their will be a big learning curve but with the tutorials and some practice should catch on pretty quick.

Overall: More depth and advanced drawing capability

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My Reviews about solidworks

Sep 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the most in this application is basically it's a 3d designing software it is used to design the machines nd other solid body nd designing or die's and frames..

Cons: Least i like in this application is every year updation and new features in application & its not easy to learn and use that's i like least

Overall: Overall It was good experience.. i learn alot about solid works & designing. That's gives good experience in designing.

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This program has a interface that allows the development of simples designs to others more complex.

Mar 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It allows to elaborate designs of high quality, it is of great help in the area of mechanical engineering that allows to simulate possible projects.

Cons: Its neccesary had certain experienc about of design in computer, the ideal need will be easy control

Overall: This is a great help in my work, especially in the span of lapse time that an earthquake can occur, with the use of the three-dimensional image to see the possible behaviorals.

Great and useful

Aug 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The use of the cloud is really helpful and you can have access anytime, the PDM implemetation is very efective and fast. You can also count on the IT services for any doubt or problem.

Cons: At the beggining its not easy to understand all the features and implementation can be slow.

Worked for us but sometimes a hassle

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: This powerful software is very useful for revision and release control and limiting access where necessary.

Cons: It can be a bit confusing and complicated and time consuming which is often the case with powerful systems that have so many functions

Overall: Kept files safe and monitored revision and release errors

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it is a excellent 3D CAD design software for modeling parts and assemblies in 3D and 2D drawings !!

Apr 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The software offers a range of solutions for edit or make all design what you want to do . this is so nice

Cons: SolidWorks must improve a important thing that consists in organize all the tools in a better way that help you with your work

Easy to use product. Great for Engineers and product testing.

May 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This product allows for extensive product testing purely on the software which can save huge amounts of capital when it comes to early product development.

Cons: This product is so massive in terms of byte size and CPU usage that you need a highly powerful computer to effectively run the program. Something should be done to make it more usable on a standard work laptop.

Overall: Saves time and money

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Solid work review

Aug 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's simpler to handle that Autocad. The arrangements of the toolbars and descriptions make it usable

Cons: It doesn't do very well on Windows 32bit.

Overall: I have used it for few design and it's my best tool so far for engineering design

Great product but could use better user guide

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall

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.

Quite messy

Feb 21, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wide variety of functions. Can do almost everything if you put your mind to it. Good animations and easy to see whats happening to model

Cons: The wide variety of functions make it complicated to use. Consumes a lot of resources of computer, so not for beginners with simple computers.

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It is comfortable and does not simplify and speed up the design of electrical systems and others!!!!

Apr 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it Works more efficiently and improves collaboration and data exchange between different teams, thus reducing delays.

Cons: It has some difficulty for editing the model when it is very advanced. so it delay your work and make it a little annoy

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
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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.

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!

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. .

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.

one of the best simulator software it has a really great color and graphic design it so useful in wk

Mar 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: the most i like is that is has so many useful tool so you have so many option to edit all your work and do it the best you can

Cons: you need to organize better the tool because sometime it can be complicated to use and it make slow your work

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Perfect tool to create 3D projects with simulations allowing partners to have better visual aids.

Jun 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: User friendly software and with the features of creating complex surfaces and ther patterns can be viewed,

Cons: Pricing for this software is really high if you would like to use it at home as a hobby or as a learning tool.

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It is easy to use, and also has a learning curve so that you can make it much easier to understand .

Apr 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: it quickly create accurate 2D drawings that can be updated automatically when they change their 3D model.

Cons: It can be very difficult to manage if you do not have the precise knowledge for its broad content.