SolidWorks PDM

4.2
(15 reviews)

SOLIDWORKS PDM enables your teams to securely store and index design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns over version control and data loss, and collaborate on designs in multiple locations.

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SolidWorks PDM review by Dylan M.
Dylan M.
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"Must have for Solidworks"

What do you like best?

This is a must-have program that integrates flawlessly with SolidWorks. I am not sure how you would be able to keep everything straight if you didn't have PDM. This program has a lot of great built-in tasks, functions, and features that make the program well worth the money.

What do you dislike?

Some of the names of the features could be renames and easier to understand. Some of the simple features that it should do automatically take a long time to set up since everything needs to be set up custom. Creating all the variables and assigning them to the proper spots is a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a must-have program if you are using Solidworks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This has solved losing files and making sure everything is in a spot that everyone can work on them at the same time. This program makes all the models, drawings, and more easy to find.

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SolidWorks PDM review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Amazing experience using SolidWorks Premium."

What do you like best?

I use SolidWorks every day for various purposes. I model the different components my company researches and assemble them to help visualize their purpose. Being able to edit and change several parts at once using their functions tool saves a lot of time and hassle when you need to move fast. The toolbox add in is also extremely handy to quickly insert fasteners or simulate other components, such as power transmission. I often will create drawing files for my parts to be sent off and quoted by various machine shops. If I ever run into an issue regarding SolidWorks, the Help forum online is extremely useful.

What do you dislike?

There aren't many things I dislike about SolidWorks. The only thing that truly comes to mind is when creating a drawing file, the default view will not let you see the orientation of the part until you have actually placed it. It's a slight inconvenience but it can be annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a modelling and basic simulation tool, there's no better diverse software to use!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using SoldiWorks, I simulate various loading scenarios on my components and it's great because it shows me several areas of stress concentration which I can design for.

What Product Data Management (PDM) solution do you use?

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SolidWorks PDM review by Jordan B.
Jordan B.
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"Robust system with networking issues"

What do you like best?

The vault storage and ability to track revisions within it is very useful.

What do you dislike?

The search could be updated, a glossary of search types so that I know what special characters are used to search specific ways. The vault access loading to individual computers is the slowest part of using the Solidworks suite.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi-designer use of parts, avoiding duplication of efforts, the tie in with JDE for ordering is also incredibly useful. This makes it easier for us to communicate and share machine designs.

SolidWorks PDM review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Good File Organization program"

What do you like best?

It works very good for a file organization program. You can have the files encrypted and safe to be used by everyone. The workflows allow tracking of all your drawings or other critical files.

What do you dislike?

It is a little expensive for someone that just wants to be able to see things every once in a while instead of daily use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As long as you need to maintain how files are changed and what changes are made on them, this is a great program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to keep our drawings and other proprietary files safe and encrypted, while still allowing access to our files for those authorized to see them.

SolidWorks PDM review by User
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"A great product"

What do you like best?

It is a very good product that and is one of the most user friendly CAD programs on the market. Making a drawing and turning it into a 3D model is extremely simple and very easy to edit once it is created. Very cheap compared to its competitors and a great value.

What do you dislike?

Though it is a very good product, it clearly is not as powerful as some of its competitors. It has serious limitations that can be a deal breaker for some companies. Stress tests are not as accurate as a more costly software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My favorite CAD software currently on the market, considerably the most user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows you to analyze a product without actually having to produce it. Helped me save money by making virtual prototypes.

SolidWorks PDM review by Christine M.
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"Solidworks PDM"

What do you like best?

I like that it keeps your files safe from others who do not need to edit them

What do you dislike?

Sometimes even when I have a file checked out it won't let me save it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drawing edits made from no designers

SolidWorks PDM review by User
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

very user friendly and easy to use file management system that works smoothly as an integrated or seperate to Solidworks, also extreme customization to fit each company's needs

What do you dislike?

need to be careful about what is open in Solidworks when changing the states of files, can still break references pretty easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the smooth file management system and customization within EPDM has helped our company to integrate processes directly into our software and create consistency among the team and a more reliable output.

SolidWorks PDM review by User
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"EPDM"

What do you like best?

I appreciate that I am able to change the state of a document in the workbook itself instead of having to do it through the file explorer window.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like that it takes so long to load and to open.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to keep track of documents and their stages as well as solve problems much more efficiently.

SolidWorks PDM review by User in Machinery
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"Excellent Data Management Software"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. The integration within Windows Explorer helps keep everything familiar. The group controls make handling rights to files very easy.

What do you dislike?

Manual BOM building on older products has some bugs. Crashes from time to time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time and do set up rules ahead of time

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Organizing all CAD data easily and keeping revision control.

SolidWorks PDM review by Ismail K.
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"7 Years of experience with PDM"

What do you like best?

I like the Workflow system and user right administration. Keeping a version of all file is very good (it is like a time machine)

What do you dislike?

the connection speed is very low for us sometime

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a workflow is very useful for us ,and keeping our data with security

SolidWorks PDM review by User
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"PDM solidwork"

What do you like best?

the interface is very good.

the sharing of projects is easier with this product

What do you dislike?

sometimes the dowload is solw and there is no clear indication that a file is check in

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the sharing of projects

SolidWorks PDM review by User in Retail
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"Great"

What do you like best?

The organization of everything is so simple! It keeps record of all changes and helps put everything into its place.

What do you dislike?

Can be confusing setting up initially but the help is is good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have many files that need protecting and have to have changes recorded and this does great at both.

SolidWorks PDM review by Consultant
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"Useful for making realistic models and rendering "

What do you like best?

Numerous options to customize the models - surface, texture, material, lighting effects etc.

Clear interface - easier to get used to

What do you dislike?

It’s ideal for individual workers or freelancers. Nx is more suitable for companies as it provides PLM/PDM support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coverting ideas into virtual models. Useful to understand concept, check reliability.

SolidWorks PDM review by User in Medical Devices
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"Solid Management "

What do you like best?

The ability to seamlessly manage files in a single data location is great.

What do you dislike?

A bit of a learning curve to initiate the process but get ls easier with time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Practice using the service

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

File management and revieion management are essential for our business and clients.

SolidWorks PDM review by User in Oil & Energy
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"PDM Usage"

What do you like best?

Vault system is extremely helpful for backing up

What do you dislike?

Very slow to load, doesn't like previewing files

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worth it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Safely backs up all previous work

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