WTParts are the master item record in PLM and ERP. WTParts that are linked to CAD Data (models and drawings) have very important published "Addtional Files". Users that consume this data are not in Windchill all the time or very technnical many times. They can't perform searches for models vs parts vs drawings etc just to get whatever IGES or PDF is needed. Other, less CAD centric tools, typically provide easy mechanisms for downstream users to consume this data. Windchill does not. The data is linked to WTParts though its buried. Users have to do the following to get it:
Search for WTPart
Open the details page of WTPart
Add custom tab via the >Customization menu to display the visualization
Select Visualization Tab
Right click and download on the appropriate visualization...(there is one for drawing and one for CAD model)
I would propose the following:
Right Click on WTPart and a "Files" menu flyout is available
The flyout menu has two sections:
one for drawings
If a drawing is linked but not published it should indicate as such and provide a button to "publish drawing"
If a drawing is not linked it should indicate as such - "no linked drawing"
If a drawing is linked and published - selecting it allows for a direct download
one for 3d data
If a model is linked but not published it should indicate as such and provide a button to "publish drawing"
If a model is not linked it should indicate as such - "no linked drawing"
If a model is linked and published - selecting it allows for a direct download
I need to be able to access this Right Click Menu from all WTPart right clicks - INCLUDING STRUCTURE AREA (not just actions menu)
Menu needs to be controlled via Profile and Access Control (download?)
Need to control which files are available for this menu via preference
These files would be published/created on the CAD via the "Additional Files" mechanism. I don't want to use the default plt raster drawing at all though its great as the default publish type because I can mark it up without Adobe nonsense. PDF/DXF are available to be published upon release via the "Additional Files" setup and these should be the files that are available for download off the WTPart
Also I'd like this same functionality on the CAD model and Drawing objects as well.
Users have rights to WTPart and can still download secondary content even if they do NOT have rights to see the CAD data (a good thing typically). Keeps it simpler for users.
This would allow Windchill to provide necessary data for purchasing, suppliers, manufacturing etc with great ease. This in conjuction with role based homepage/search page functionality would GREATLY open Windchill up to larger audiences for use similar to Arena/Agile etc. The Role based homepage/search page will be logged as a separate "idea" though.