SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard – #SW2016

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a document management product that is based on the same SQL architecture as SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. One of the great functions of this new product offering is that you can easily upgrade to the full version of Enterprise PDM without any data migration. This is a product offering focused on small design companies with a simple workflow and one office location for file storage.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard uses the SolidNetwork License Manager and requires a serial number for licensing. One license of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard CAD Editor is included with each license of SOLIDWORKS 2016 Professional and SOLIDWORKS 2016 Premium. Licenses for non-CAD users are available as separately purchased products.

Below are some tables showing the functionalities of each license type available for SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard:


Capabilities of the new PDM Standard product are as follows:

  • SOLIDWORKS add-in
  • DraftSight add-in
  • Single Workflow
  • Workflow States are limited to 10
  • eDrawings preview
  • Integrated search tool
  • Notifications – PDM Inbox
  • SQL Server Express support
  • Revision schemes are limited to 2
  • Version free variables

We hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2016. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Support Team will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2016. All of these articles will be stored in the category of "SOLIDWORKS What's New." You can also learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 by clicking on the image below to register for one of CATI’s Design Summit’s.

Thank you,

Brian Reel
Field Technical Services Manager
Computer Aided Technology


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