Cloud-Based PDM

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS is a simple, cloud-based product data management (PDM) solution for SOLIDWORKS files, ideal for small design teams.
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Cloud-Based Product Data Management

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS leverages the data management capabilities of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to allow you to store and manage your SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, and drawings in a cloud-based data repository.

With this solution, you also have the ability to manage access to files, allowing multiple users to collaborate on a single assembly, as well as to move files through revision increments to track changes through a product’s lifecycle.

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS provides core data management functions for SOLIDWORKS users, but the functionality can also be extended with 3D Product Architect (manipulation of product structures) or Product Release Engineer (BOM export).

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  • Native Cloud-Connected Data Management Workflows

    Data management for design files with users connecting via a web connection

  • Data Management of CAD files

    Ability to store and manage revisions of SOLIDWORKS files

  • Data Management Panel within SOLIDWORKS

    Access a panel within the SOLIDWORKS application to perform all data management tasks while designing.

  • Access to Data Management System from a Web Browser

    Access to data being managed, including 3D previews of CAD files, from a web browser

  • Simple Revision Schemes and Workflows

    Access to best-practice revision schemes and release workflows, with simple options for modification

  • Product Structure Modification

    Ability to modify and create product structures from within the data management system

  • BOM Viewing and Export

    Ability to view, adjust, and export BOM information based on the structure of the CAD assembly


Exceptional Solutions, Even Better Support

Creating the best products requires the best solutions, training and support. With a little insight into your product development process, our team of pros can point you to any tools you need (and nothing you don’t).

But it doesn’t end there. We’ll stay with you every step of the way, helping solve complex design issues, 3D printing application questions and so much more. No matter where you’re at, both in your process and geographically, we’re here.

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Services & Customer Benefits

Customizable Dashboard

Hawk Ridge Systems customers have access to a custom dashboard within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Create your own quick links to technical support, training material and other helpful resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 3DEXPERIENCE?

Think of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a web-connected operating system for next-generation design and business applications. It allows a variety of functions to run, and these are unlocked by purchasing roles to conduct different workflows. In the case of Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, it provides the infrastructure for a cloud-based data management scheme connected to your existing desktop SOLIDWORKS design data.

What roles do I need?

All users engaging with your design data will need the two pre-requisite roles for 3DEXPERIENCE – Collaborative Business Innovator and Collaborative Industry Innovator. For a non-CAD user, these two will be enough to review the status of data and preview them in 3D using your web browser. SOLIDWORKS users will also need the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS role to be able to save SOLIDWORKS data into the system. Optionally, Product Release Engineer roles can be added for uses that want to export BOM information, and 3D Product Architect roles allow non-CAD users to create or edit product structures.

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS is ideal for small design teams that wish to collaborate on the same design projects, or want more control over product revisions. It is especially attractive for companies without local server or network infrastructure, as it requires no local IT setup.

How does Collaborative Designer compare with SOLIDWORKS PDM?

Both SOLIDWORKS PDM and Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS are performing the same basic function – storing and managing SOLIDWORKS files. The key difference between the two is infrastructure. PDM requires a central server and a consistent LAN/WAN network connection for all users, while Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS can be used by simply connecting to the internet. Additionally, SOLIDWORKS PDM offers richer control of revision schemes, workflows, and approval steps, whereas best-practice schemes are pre-built into Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS.

How is Collaborative Designer licensed?

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, like all 3DEXPERIENCE roles, is purchased as a named-user term license, on either annual or quarterly terms. Each user participating in the data management workflow will need their own license which will be aligned with their email address. Each user can be assigned different roles, based on the functions they need to perform, and each role can be reassigned once every 30 days.

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