With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 just around the corner, it's time for our annual Rollout events. This is always a very exciting time of year for us at Graphics Systems, and we hope to see you at any of the 7 chances to preview the exciting new features and functionality.
To tease some of the new features that are going to be unveiled, we'll be posting a few "What's New" previews to get you excited. Today's preview: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard was introduced (in very brief fashion) at SOLIDWORKS World in Phoenix this February.
The news got quite the reaction in the General Assembly hall, and those of you who are not SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formerly Enterprise PDM) users are certainly going to be curious to hear more about it
What is SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard?
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new PDM offering which is based on the same architecture used by SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. In effect, it is an introductory version of Enterprise PDM, now available to anyone with SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will be based on a similar architecture to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Standard will use Microsoft SQL Express where Professional uses SQL Standard. That, along with some database structure commonalities, will simplify the upgrade and migration process. We've been successful with the current process from Workgroup to Enterprise, but the upgrade from Standard to Professional will be considerably simpler.
What does it do?
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will have many of the same functions and interface as SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, both for administrators and users. Both will utilize SOLIDWORKS add-ins and the Windows Explorer extension, both will feature custom variable mapping to SOLIDWORKS files, and so on. But SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will simply have some limitations that do not exist in the Professional version. A sample, non-exhaustive product feature matrix would include:
Just like PDM Professional, there will be different licensing options available:
- CAD Editor (full capabilities with a SOLIDWORKS plug-in)
- Contributor (very similar to Editor, but no SOLIDWORKS plug-in)
- Viewer (viewing/printing capabilities only, bundled in 5-packs)
The CAD Editor licenses are available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium users on a 1:1 basis (one CAD Editor for each active SW Pro or Prem license), and cannot be purchased separately. Contributor and Viewer licenses, however, may be purchased separately.
What about software limitations?
The most notable limitations will come from SQL Server Express, which enforces a 1 GB limit on RAM and a 10 GB maximum for the size of the database file. Additionally, SQL Server Express can only use 1 processor with up to 4 cores. While the 10 GB limit on database files is simply a question of size, the RAM and processor limitations will create challenges as you add more concurrent users. For this reason, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will not be recommended for anyone with more than 10 concurrent users.
How do I get SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard?
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will be available to install through the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager* for anyone with a SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium license. The Installation Manager will also be able to do the installation of the underlying instance of SQL Express, although an existing SQL Express server may be used.
You can obtain your license codes by contacting your friendly neighborhood reseller.