Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks

Manage, share and re-use SolidWorks data to improve collaboration and overall business performance

Teamcenter® software’s integration for SolidWorks allows you to reduce your product development cycle times and cost by enhancing your SolidWorks environment to deliver a single source of product data for your design and manufacturing teams. The integration provides access to a full range of product lifecycle management (PLM) capabilities to further optimize your design-through-manufacturing processes.

Streamlined product development

Teamcenter integration for SolidWorks goes beyond workgroup CAD data management, enabling design and manufacturing teams to work closely together to streamline product development processes by providing a single source of product data. It is optimized for scalability across a wide area network, enabling geographically distributed design centers to connect to a single database and volume server.

All design information created using SolidWorks is captured, controlled and shared by your engineering teams in a single highly secure Teamcenter environment with version management and access controls to ensure that the right people get the right information at the right time.

SolidWorks design teams can use the integration to quickly search for SolidWorks parts, assemblies and drawings. The integration enables users to save time trying to find and share design data distributed between diverse design teams and their suppliers. It also eliminates unnecessary work orders by ensuring that everyone is working from the latest design information.

Extend the value of SolidWorks with Teamcenter Rapid Start and Active Workspace

For new Teamcenter customers who want to get up and running quickly, you can choose the Teamcenter Rapid Start deployment option for Teamcenter, which delivers a preconfigured product data management (PDM) environment that is focused on managing everyday tasks and processes for product development. Preconfigured industry best-practice workflows including design release and engineering change ensure that processes are completed consistently and efficiently.

Active Workspace is a simple and intuitive user interface for Teamcenter that enables SolidWorks designers to work efficiently and effectively in a collaborative environment. The PDM environment can be extended to include non-CAD users through Active Workspace‘s browser-based user interface or integration with Microsoft Outlook.

Multi-CAD collaboration

Teamcenter multi-CAD support enables design teams to create and modify component designs on any major CAD system and assemble their innovations/modifications into a multi-CAD product design. Teamcenter synchronizes product information to ensure that all teams are working from the latest designs, while automatically managing both native and neutral CAD representations to eliminate delays caused by constant data translations. The innovative Teamcenter approach to multi-CAD collaboration enables your extended enterprise to leverage other CAD investments in addition to SolidWorks.

Engineering process management

Teamcenter engineering process management capabilities surpass those of traditional CAD file management by capturing all relevant product and process information and relating these assets to a common product structure. In addition to managing all of your related CAD, CAM and CAE information, Teamcenter can manage design specifications, documents, requirements and other types of product information. Teamcenter process management capabilities enable you to define design-through-manufacturing workflows, allowing you to efficiently manage and execute changes and enforce company-specific business rules.

Teamcenter advantage

The SolidWorks integration is supported by both Teamcenter and Teamcenter Rapid Start, which power innovation and productivity by connecting people and processes with knowledge.
• Teamcenter is the most widely used PLM system, which is backed by Siemens Digital Industries Software’s leadership in delivery. Users of Teamcenter can easily expand the scope of their PLM implementation by taking advantage of a comprehensive portfolio of applications as well as its proven scalability in terms of performance and global implementation.
• Teamcenter Rapid Start is a pre-configured PDM deployment option for Teamcenter that manages design data, as well as everyday tasks and processes, providing an ideal entry point into the Teamcenter product line for small and medium-sized business with a growth path to PLM.


  • SolidWorks files integrated with all of your technical data to provide a single source of product data that supports your complete design-through-manufacturing proces
  • Less time finding the correct revisions of SolidWorks data
  • Faster product change and approval processes resulting in decreased time-to-market
  • Consistent work processes followed across all data formats, resulting in less errors and rework
  • Improved collaboration within your organization and with customers and suppliers


    Use Teamcenter management functions available from the SolidWorks integration:
  • Search, create and edit SolidWorks objects, including drawings, parts and assemblies
  • Create new product revisions or version updates for work in progress
  • Create baseline configurations of assembly structures for release or archive purposes
  • Create assembly transformations supporting digital mockup
  • Generate drawing title blocks using Teamcenter attributes
  • Support SolidWorks configurations and design tables
  • Manage Toolbox parts in Teamcenter while allowing Toolbox to retain ownership of the CAD models themse
  • Save auxiliary files created using SolidWorks (DXF, PDF)
  • Create and vault DirectModel (JT™ format) files for digital mockup
  • Conform with Teamcenter policies, including security and data access
  • Manage design templates and feature libraries in Teamcenter
  • Automatically extract and save tables such as weldment cut lists

References/Case Studies

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Teamcenter & SolidWorks Integration

Technology Stack:

Teamcenter 13.2, SolidWorks 2022, AWC 5.2​​

Business Benefits

  • Datasets and their technical data at a single source
  • All child parts and subassemblies are placed at the correct location in top assemblies unlike scattered in folders​
  • Directly access and edit the Bill Of Material inside SolidWorks using the TC interface​
  • Integration helps to find the correct dataset with one click​
  • Solidworks-specific tools to manage your data and assembly-specific options​
  • The integration gives active workspace inside Solidworks which gives access to all Teamcenter functionality

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US-based Boat manufacturer​

Project Scope

  • Installation setup on development, QA, and production environment. (Teamcenter RAC and AWC, TC-SW integration)​
  • Attribute mapping and configuration of SWIM Integration
  • Import custom SolidWorks templates to TC
  • Install and configure SSO and Solr
  • Developing best practices for SW migration​
  • Migration of SolidWorks and non-SolidWorks datasets from the local drive into Teamcenter​
  • IPS upload to update attributes in Teamcenter​
  • L1, L2, L3 Support covering Teamcenter, SolidWorks, and integration​
  • Thorough Documentation creation


  • Cloned the environment without proper documentation​
  • Changing requirements & client’s lack of Teamcenter knowledge​
  • Data which needed to migrate was unclear and scattered across various folders​
  • Extraction of properties from the SolidWorks dataset without opening it
  • Availability as per different time zones


Part 2 - Installation of Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks


What is Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks?

Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks is a software solution that facilitates seamless collaboration between SolidWorks, a popular 3D CAD software, and Teamcenter, a leading product lifecycle management (PLM) system. This integration enables users to manage their design data, documents, and product-related information within the Teamcenter environment directly from SolidWorks.

Does Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks support collaboration among geographically distributed teams?

Yes, Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks supports collaboration among teams spread across different locations. It allows users from various locations to work on the same design concurrently, with features to manage data synchronization and resolve conflicts.

Can I access Teamcenter features from within SolidWorks?

Yes, with the integration, you can access key Teamcenter features directly from within the SolidWorks interface. This includes actions like checking files in and out, searching for files, viewing product structures, and managing document relationships.

How does the integration affect SolidWorks users?

SolidWorks users can work within their familiar design environment while directly accessing Teamcenter features. They can check files in and out, access related documents, create new designs, and collaborate with colleagues—all while ensuring that their design data is securely managed within the PLM system.

What features does Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks offer?

Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks provides features such as:

Data Management: Store, organize, and manage design files and related documents in a centralized repository.

Version Control: Maintain a history of design iterations and changes, allowing easy retrieval of previous versions.

Collaboration: Enable multiple team members to work on the same design concurrently, with data synchronization and conflict resolution.

Change Management: Track and manage design changes, approvals, and release processes.

Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Create and manage BOMs, ensuring accurate and consistent product structures.

Why is integration between SolidWorks and Teamcenter important?

Integration between SolidWorks and Teamcenter offers numerous benefits, such as centralized data management, improved design collaboration, version control, and streamlined workflows. It ensures that design teams can access accurate and up-to-date information, leading to better decision-making and more efficient product development processes.

Is there a learning curve associated with using Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks?

While there might be a slight learning curve as users adapt to new features and workflows, the integration is designed to be intuitive for SolidWorks users. Many actions, such as file check-in/check-out, can be performed seamlessly within the SolidWorks interface, minimizing the learning curve.

How does this integration impact data security and access control?

Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks provides robust data security and access control mechanisms. It ensures that only authorized users can access and modify design data based on their roles and permissions within the PLM system.

Is Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks scalable for different project sizes?

Yes, the integration is scalable and can be customized to accommodate projects of varying sizes and complexities. It is suitable for small teams working on simple designs as well as larger teams involved in complex product development processes.

How can I implement Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks for my organization?

Implementing Teamcenter Integration for SolidWorks typically involves software installation, configuration, and training. It’s recommended to work with PLM experts or consultants who specialize in implementing such integrations to ensure a smooth and successful deployment.

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