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Solve All Your Data Management Problems with SOLIDWORKS Manage

Kevin Breindel on December 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM


As launch season begins to wind down, anyone who has seen what is new to SOLIDWORKS in 2018 has reason to be excited. A variety of new features and functionalities from gesture based sketching to virtual reality integration are helping companies perfect their designs like never before. 

One major addition that seems to be getting overlooked though is SOLIDWORKS Manage. Today we are going to break down everything included in SOLIDWORKS Manage and how its added functionalities will help you take your product data management to the next level. 

What is SOLIDWORKS Manage?

Solve All Your Data Management Problems with SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Manage provides SOLIDWORKS customers with a unique set of advanced management tools by leveraging the ease of use and file management capabilities of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and adding powerful project, process and item management capabilities. 

What does SOLIDWORKS Manage do?

SOLIDWORKS Manage is an all-inclusive application that combines the file management technology of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with advanced data management capabilities. There are no extra modules or database applications to purchase. SOLIDWORKS Manage utilizes Microsoft SQL Server to provide high performance and scalability and is included along with integrations to various authoring applications including Microsoft Office. 

Major Functions of SOLIDWORKS Manage


Project Management

  • Manage project stages, timelines and milestones
  • View resource utilization and capacity
  • Attach items, files and list deliverables
  • Utilize user tasks and timesheets to track progress


Process Management

  • Configure states and decision points for all types of processes
  • Attach affected items and files
  • Enable ad hoc approvers and user tasks
  • Automatically create processes via PDM workflow state changes


Item Management

  • Create, edit and compare bill of materials using items and files
  • Automatically or selectively create items for SOLIDWORKS configurations
  • Drive SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of materials and item numbers


Dashboards and Reports

  • Create interactive graphical dashboards to display critical information
  • Configure reports to company standards and publish automatically or on demand

License Types

SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional Editor

Designed for those who primarily work with SOLIDWORKS, Professional Editor provides engineers and designers application-specific integrations to manage complex file relationships and file properties. This license includes all the capabilities for managing projects, participating in processes, accessing dashboards and generating reports.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional Contributor

This license is designed for the person who is primarily responsible for managing development projects, creating product structures and participating in various business practices. In addition, people with a Professional Contributor license have the ability to author non-CAD file data and other product-related files (Word, Excel, etc.)

SOLIDWORKS Manage Professional Viewer

This license is designed for those who participate in file-based workflows but only need to be able to search, view/print documents, dashboards, run reports or view project progress. 

Solve All Your Data Management Problems with SOLIDWORKS Manage


Well, there you have it! SOLIDWORKS Manage offers a plethora of new features and add-ons that will help streamline your operations. It's the perfect tool to help out that data management person(s) in your life. If you are interested in learning more, check out our SOLIDWORKS Manage page or contact one of our sales representatives

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