It is estimated that 75 percent of all SOLIDWORKS customers are not using any Product Data Management (PDM) software. By using PDM, companies reduce the time involved with finding and reusing existing designs, managing versions and revisions, and controlling document approvals.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formerly SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM has been renamed to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional in the 2016 release to maintain consistency in the product line and to provide a path for a potential Premium product in the future. This is a full-featured PDM offering for both large and small organisations, enabling them to get their design data under control.

Securely store and index your design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns about version control and data loss, and even share and collaborate on designs online with people outside your organisation. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional you can substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on design.

The capabilities of PDM Professional are well proven in a variety of industries, including mechanical machine design; electronics; medical; alternative energy; consumer products; heavy equipment; mould, tool, and die; and power and process. Therefore, the main target market for EPDM is any multi-seat SOLIDWORKS CAD customer who needs to effectively find and share design documentation and manage document versions.

The software is easy to implement, requiring little IT support, and can be customised to your project workflow. With tight integration to SOLIDWORKS design software, the design team can focus on product development and innovation, improving productivity, no matter what the size and distribution of the organisation.


SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new document management product offer that is based on the same
architecture used by the current SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) product. This makes SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 100% compatible with SOLIDWORKS EPDM, which will enable it to be easily upgraded if and when a customer’s needs require it.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is available with the general release of SOLIDWORKS.



Key Benefits of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

  • Easy to implement, easy to use
  • Create Audit Trails
  • Co-ordinate non CAD data
  • Indexed central store holds all CAD models and supporting documents
  • Logically organised data makes retrieving data using multiple attributes and interfile relationships easy
  • Tracks all versions and revisions so no files are accidentally overwritten
  • Uses Windows Explorer so has virtually no learning curve for end users
  • Tight integration with SOLIDWORKS and other CAD applications provides status reports of all design files
  • Full control to force updates and create appropriate revisions, or allow changes to be ignored
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional supports many file formats including Autodesk, PTC and Siemens data files
  • Search tools help quickly pinpoint data you want across a variety of file types, using a range of search criteria – name, data, metadata, workflow status
  • Tools to increase teamwork between design groups across different locations throughout the world
  • Tracks progress ensuring the right people have access to the right files at the right time
  • Robust reporting provides manages with summary of the project's workflow to assist process improvements and maximise profits


SOLIDWORKS Speeds Up Designing with Drones for Circumspectis

Circumspectis - SOLIDWORKS enables designing with drones


The Company

Circumspectis uses the latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to carry out land surveys. Founded by CAD engineer Christian Deas, the company works for a range of clients on environmental, agricultural and landscaping projects.

The Challenge

Having worked closely with farming professionals and utility firms, Christian spotted a gap in the market to improve the accuracy, cost and speed of landscape site surveys and inspections using the latest in UAV technology. Scanning the landscape with a drone, Christian needed a CAD software that could import scan data and convert it into CAD models that he could manipulate to deliver accurate site plans and construction drawings to client specifications.

The Solution

Christian has been using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for engineering design projects since 2001. For Circumspectis, he needed a CAD package with specific tools including Finite Element Analysis, a CAD library Toolbox, Rendering and a Product Data Management system. Christian says after evaluating other CAD systems he found SOLIDWORKS Professional was the best in terms of its user-friendly interface, affordability and CAD functionality.

For his new droning venture, Christian uses SOLIDWORKS ScanTo3D solution, which reduces the time required to build complex 3D models of real-world items. By taking 3D scan data such as point clouds and mesh, SOLIDWORKS ScanTo3D can quickly convert the information into 3D solids and surfaces.

The Results

  • Being able to offer UAV surveys as a real design solution
  • Ability to carry out site surveys, building inspections and 3D topological scanning
  • Converting the data to use in 3D modelling
  • Designing for agricultural and civil engineering projects much easier and faster

“With SOLIDWORKS I wouldn't have a business. With SOLIDWORKS we can quickly convert the 3D scan data into useable surface CAD models. It's easy to use and our design processes are significantly faster, which means we can spend more time on innovation and discovering new design applications."

Christian Deas

Founder & Managing Director, Circumspectis