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What's the difference between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, Professional and Manage?

Friday March 4, 2022 at 11:29am

With businesses under increasing pressure to deliver new, innovative products faster and cheaper without compromising on quality, having a data management system has never been more important. The ability to coordinate and consolidate project data allows you to implement version control, minimise rework and reduce quality errors.

SOLIDWORKS offer two core PDM packages: PDM Standard and PDM Professional. The recent release of SOLIDWORKS Manage builds upon the functionality of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with a comprehensive set of BOM and Project / Process Management tools. In this article we discuss the key differences between these three offerings, to help you identify the best solution for your business.


SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is an entry-level data management solution for smaller workgroup environments in one geographic location. PDM Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licences.

Key Features Include:

  • Secure File Vaulting
  • File Reference Management
  • Revision and Version Management
  • Basic BOM Management
  • Single Workflow
  • Basic Workflow Automation
  • Search and Design Reuse  



PDM Professional is the ultimate file management tool, allowing you to manage files effectively and providing easy access to share and repurpose files, parts, and drawings. PDM Professional adds enhanced functionality that enables organisations to create automated workflows and ensure manufacturing always has the correct file version.

Key Features Include:

  • Advanced Revision Control
  • Automatic File Numbering
  • Multiple workflows
  • Advanced Workflow Automation
  • Enhanced BOM Management
  • Document Management
  • Multi-CAD Management
  • Open API
  • Enhanced Collaboration – Multisite Replication / Web Client



SOLIDWORKS Manage is an advanced set of tools designed to build upon the functionality of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Manage eliminates the need to use disconnected tools and monitor multiple data sources by providing integrated project, process, and item management as well as in-depth reporting.

Key Features Include:

  • Record & Item Management
  • Advanced Process Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Advanced BOM Management
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Live Graphical Dashboards
  • High volume usage
  • Automation
  • Targeted Web Client and direct File / BOM Sharing


Still not quite sure which solution would be best for your business? Get in touch today to speak to one of our specialist advisors or book a demo.

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