What is Solidworks PDM server?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is an all-inclusive application that utilizes Microsoft SQL Server Standard to provide high performance and scalability, and is included along with integrations to various authoring applications, including third-party CAD applications and Microsoft Office.

Does Solidworks PDM require a server?

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022 requires Microsoft ODBC drive 17.3 or later for SQL Server to be installed on the Database Server and the Clients.

How do I setup a PDM server?

There are 5 main steps to fully set up a PDM client machine:

  1. Install the PDM client or modify SOLIDWORKS to add in the PDM client.
  2. Create a local view to see vault files on your local machine.
  3. Configure local view display settings.
  4. Map the SOLIDWORKS file locations to the vault.


Overall: Overall SolidWorks PDM has been helpful to our organization. We migrated a large legacy CAD database into PDM, and also use it presently to track releases, review, and organize CAD design data. Pros: Solidworks PDM is a good piece of version control software, with some hiccups.

Is 16GB RAM enough for SOLIDWORKS?

While the exact amount of RAM you need is going to depend on your particular models, Solidworks generally needs between 4-8GB of RAM for tasks such as rotating models, simulations, and renders. Due to this, we recommend having 16GB in your system to give you plenty of free RAM for other programs you may have running.

Is 4GB RAM enough for SOLIDWORKS?

Recommendation: 5GB. Minimum: 2GB or more GPU RAM. Recommendation: 4GB.

How do I add PDM to Solidworks?

In SOLIDWORKS, click Tools > Add-ins and verify that SOLIDWORKS PDM is selected. Click the SOLIDWORKS PDM icon to open the Task Pane. In SOLIDWORKS, open or create a part, drawing, or assembly to view SOLIDWORKS PDM information for the file in the Task Pane.

What is the difference between PDM and PLM?

While PDM focuses on managing design data as it relates to product development processes, PLM centers on reengineering product development and manufacturing processes as they relate to product lifecycles.

What are PDM items?

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, an item consists entirely of metadata that lives in the vault database. Although items can link to files, they do not contain files themselves and therefore do not exist in the vault archive and do not appear on your local disk. (Item metadata is cached locally; see Item and File Caching . )