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Free up time and maximize engineering efficiency with CAD-integrated product data management software. Autodesk offers modern PDM solutions for engineers, designers, and extended teams.

what is product data management

What is PDM?

Product data management (PDM) is a system for managing design data and engineering processes in one central location. Engineering teams use PDM software to organize product-related information, track revisions, collaborate, manage change orders, generate Bills of Materials (BOMs), and more. With a single source for project data, engineers save time and avoid mistakes.

Benefits of PDM

According to a Tech-Clarity report, world-class manufacturers are 30 percent more likely to use PDM or product lifecycle management (PLM) to manage their design data.

  • improved design workflows

    Improved design workflows

    Experience direct CAD integration, fast data searching, easily file replacement and reuse, and safe simultaneous access to data. With PDM, your design workflow has never been smoother.

  • enhanced collaboration

    Enhanced collaboration

    Share 2D or 3D views of your work with others (even those outside your company's firewall) and get comments and feedback directly inside your product.

  • streamlined processes

    Streamlined processes

    Get automated engineering change order, revision control, BOM management, and more. Keep your engineering processes under control with PDM software.

  • shared knowledge

    Shared knowledge

    You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, leverage existing design data. Easily access and configure files you want to replace, reuse, or copy to use in new designs.

Get started with product data management

data management and collaboration


Stop wasting time managing design data and get back to making great products. Explore solutions to your data management challenges. Image courtesy of Balzer Pacific International.

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Key PDM capabilities

Product data management software can help you create better designs, reduce errors, and build a more efficient development cycle with features including:

  • CAD file management

    Take control of your valuable design files with PDM. Direct CAD-integration keeps your data in sync in real time.

  • Revision control

    Automatically capture the revision history on documents as you work. Never lose track of changes.

  • Business system integration

    Integrate design data with systems like MRPs and ERPs.

  • Access control

    Strengthen data security by controlling access with permissions for version control and retrieval.

  • Engineering change orders

    Easily manage engineering change orders (ECOs) with a workflows that help automate the process.

  • External collaboration

    Share 2D or 3D views of your work with others and get comments and feedback directly inside your product.

Autodesk PDM software

How is PDM software used?



Automatically track revision history

Functions of PDM systems like file searchability and version control have enabled this integrated finishing process solutions firm to better service the automotive industry.

osgood industries


Improve design efficiency

This process equipment manufacturer has improved product development productivity by simplifying data management workflows and expanding access for suppliers and extended teams.

Joy Mining


Facilitate collaboration

PDM software helps Joy Mining Machinery improve collaboration and productivity for 400 engineers at 13 engineering sties on 5 continents.

pdm scalability

PDM scalability

Manage data anytime, anywhere. Some PDM tools allow for scalable, seamless global replication so you can keep your product-related information in sync across multiple sites. Additionally, collaborate externally with 2D or 3D views of your work that others can comment on directly inside your product.


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