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Ability to exclude Attachments during Windchill Save-As

Ability to exclude Attachments during Windchill Save-As

1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders.

Industry: OEM Food Production Equipment

Role: Mechanical Engineer

Stakeholders: Customers, Management, Manufacturing

2. What version of Windchill are you currently running?
11.1 M020-CPO24

3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video.
Save-As a .dwg without including Attachments. Give the option to not include Attachments when doing a Save-As, either at time of save as, or as a Windchill Preference, or as a Site/Org Level Setting.

4. What is the use case for your organization?
We attach DXFs to our to some of our parts for manufacturing to use. When Engineering does a Save-As on a drawing the attached DXF is saved along with the Save-As. Engineering has to manually delete that attachment, else there is an incorrect DXF attached to a drawing, which opens the opportunity for manufacturing to make the wrong part.


pre save-as:





post save-as:


5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization?
more efficient Engineering, less error in manufacturing.

Community Manager
Status changed to: Acknowledged

Thank you @ME_CADADMIN for your idea. Based on the information you provided, we are acknowledging it as the Community management team. This is not a commitment from the Product team. Other users may comment and vote your idea up.


Thank you for submitting this idea! I have the same issue with PDF attachments of CAD drawings. It is a constant maintenance issue to run a report to find all the items with multiple attachments and then manually remove the outdated attachments.

Like others, we use Save As frequently to spin off a derivative design and the Save As process brings all the old content forward to the new items.

5-Regular Member

This is clearly a miss in Windchill. We had a customization done for Save-As and Revise actions to remove the migrated attachments from the CAD drawings since users would always forget to remove the old PDF (newly created drw have a representation instead) and thus create erroneous data.