Using SOLIDWORKS PDM vs. Windows File Explorer to manage CAD data

   By Malak Souissi on February 9, 2023

SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) is a powerful tool for managing and organizing large amounts of data, particularly for engineering and manufacturing companies. It offers several features and capabilities that are not found in the standard Windows File Explorer, making it a more efficient and effective option for managing data.

SOLIDWORKS PDM as a data management program

One of the biggest advantages of SOLIDWORKS PDM is its ability to handle large amounts of data. It can manage thousands of files and folders, making it easy to find and access the information you need. This is particularly useful for engineering and manufacturing companies that need to keep track of large amounts of data, such as 3D models, drawings, and assemblies.

Another advantage of SOLIDWORKS PDM is its ability to handle multiple revisions of a single file. This feature is particularly useful for engineering and manufacturing companies that need to keep track of different versions of a product or design. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can easily see all the versions of a file and compare them side-by-side. This allows you to easily identify any changes or updates that have been made to the file.

PDM Interface that resembles Windows

PDM Interface that resembles Windows File Explorer, showing a preview of a CAD Assembly.

SOLIDWORKS PDM also offers advanced search capabilities, making it easy to find the information you need. With its powerful search engine, you can quickly find files and folders based on a variety of criteria, such as keywords, date ranges, and file types. This can save a lot of time and effort when trying to locate a specific file or folder.

In addition, SOLIDWORKS PDM also offers robust security features that help protect your data from unauthorized access.

With its built-in access control, you can set permissions for different users and groups, so only authorized individuals can access certain files and folders.

Windows File Explorer as a data management program

Windows Interface for the same part

Windows File Explorer as a CAD File manager for the same part used above.

In contrast to PDM, Windows File Explorer is a basic tool that is used to navigate and manage files and folders on your computer.

While it is easy to use and can be helpful for managing small amounts of data, it does not offer the same level of features and capabilities as SOLIDWORKS PDM. It does not handle large amounts of data as efficiently, does not offer advanced search capabilities, and does not offer the same level of security.

SOLIDWORKS PDM is a powerful tool that offers many advantages over Windows File Explorer when it comes to managing data. It can handle large amounts of data, handle multiple revisions, offers advanced search capabilities, and robust security features. It is the ideal choice for engineering and manufacturing companies that need to manage large amounts of data efficiently and securely.

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