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Standalone Client

Mechworks Standalone client is the application to access PDM data even without a full integrated CAD add-in.

It’s the quick and flexible way for both technical designers and commercial administrator to retrieve, manage and produce data with no need of the geometrical environment.

Its main practice is for

  • Autodesk AutoCAD (no light version)
  • Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • Me10 – PTC Creo Elements/Direct Drafting
  • DraftSight (on demand and with no granted support)
Standalone client



  • Start with the basic functionality right after installing with no extra training.
  • Enhanced data entry: create a list of values or retrieve values from other data sources on the network.
  • VBScript enabled fields can be filled based on any scripting or application. As you needs better organization, DBWorks provides the tool to create automatic numbering systems or drive actions on specific DBWorks events.
  • Save drawings with the name of the part/assembly automatically or copy information from the part/assembly record to the drawing record.
  • Title blocks update themselves automatically and are so flexible that they can be the result of a script you create.
  • Concurrent engineering: notify team mates working on linked documents
  • Complete revision history
  • DBWorks handles configurations correctly and is compatible with revision history
  • Basic rights management with Administrator and User rights
  • Graphic tools to customize easily tables, record viewer, external outputs
  • Customizable Html output, to create a browsable web site illustrating all the documents in your project/assembly
  • Customizable BOM output in Excel sheets, ready for printing or editing, retrieves data from external data source and performs automatic calculations.
  • Material Wizard Assign density to a part through a material database searching by family, subfamily or supplier
  • Outlook Style shortcut bar Organize queries, scripts, layout in custom folders, dynamic layouts display neat, accessible information for any type of document
  • Drawing « Part/Assembly Link Mode Force revisions of part/assemblies to their drawings revisions
  • DBWFilter enhanced searching tool Used in conjunction with feature names fill, DBWFilter can ease the search of documents that use the same type of features
  • Previous revisions multiple visualization Review and compare multiple revisions of a document in view only mode
  • Revision ROLL BACK Collapse the current revision to a previous revision with automatic removal of redundant revisions
  • DBWServer File Security Service Manages Windows NT file system protection on SolidWorks documents for absolute security.
  • Local checkout mode Separates released documents from work-in-progress allowing viewers to refer only to approved items.
  • Project « User management Manage the assignment of projects to DBWorks users, preventing them from viewing other projects’ documents.
  • Remote Access Share the database as well as the documents with remote installations.
  • Workflow (requires DBWARM) Integrated Workflow module with graphical processes designer.
  • Briefcase Save and retrieve in/from a single zip file portions of the database including all the documents and their previously released versions. Ideal for working with remotely collaborating companies or subsidiaries.
  • Master Drawing Mode considers that the drawings used internally to the company for production are not in the native CAD format, but in a industry standard format like TIFF or PDF DBWorks is able to preview/open/plot/visualize previous revisions, directly managing the master drawings and not the native CAD drawing.
  • Fast Preview for PDF documents
  • Released Database Mode Maintain two databases in synch inside your company.
  • DBWARM DBWorks Access Rights Manager.


for ENTERPRISE version only:

  • WebClient (requires DBWARM)


R16 R17 R20

Supported Applications

AutoCAD 2021  v  v  v
from R20sp0.1
AutoCAD 2020  v  v
from R17sp2.11
AutoCAD 2019  v  v
from R17sp2.1
AutoCAD 2018 v v v
AutoCAD 2017 v
from R16sp1.2
v x
AutoCAD 2016 v v
up to R17sp2.10
AutoCAD 2015 v x x

MSWord / MSExcel v v v
Outlook 2013-2019 x v v

ME10-12 v v v
DraftSight 2020 x v v

Operating system (x64 only)

Windows 10 v v v
Windows 8.1 v v v
Windows 7 v v v

Server 2019 x v v
Server 2016 x v v
Server 2012 v v v
Server 2008 v v x


SQLServer 2019 x v v
SQLServer 2017 x v v
SQLServer 2016 v
from R16sp0.1
v v
SQLServer 2014 v v v
SQLServer 2012 v v v
SQLServer 2008 R2 (****) v v x


Supported virtualization systems are VMWare Workstations.


Due to unpredictability of performance impact, we are not going to debug or support file encryption software working on our parameter or temporary files.

click here for Legacy Systems Compatibility

Product Support

(***) Mainstream support, with a current subscription service maintenance plan, includes access to technical support, resources within the MechWorks support site, and service pack updates to issues.

(**) Extended support, with a current subscription service maintenance plan, includes access to technical support, and resources within the MechWorks support site.No further service packs will be made available for this release.

(*) Obsolete product, no support at all.

(****) Microsoft stopped supporting on 2019, July 9th.

MechworksPDM R20sp0.3 has been released

About 2 months ago from Mechworks's Twitter

Latest releases

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