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"Open In <CAD System>" via View Information in the "Structure" tab on the EPM Doc in WWGM

"Open In <CAD System>" via View Information in the "Structure" tab on the EPM Doc in WWGM

1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders.
The Customer design and build packaging equipment for pharmaceutical, consumer, nonwoven and life science products. They have more than 2.800 employees in more than 10 subsidaries world wide and have around 350 designers working with PTC's CAD and PLM products.

As a consultant and implementer i support the customer

2. What version of Windchill are you currently running?
Windchill / Workgroup Manager

3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video.
It is not possible to open CAD objects of a substructure directly from the "Structure" tab of the EPM document in WWGM. It is always necessary to jump to the View Information in order to open the object. It should be possible to choose "Open In <CAD System>" in the "Structure" tab on the EPM Document in WWGM.



4. What is the use case for your organization?
In Windchill, navigating between the EPM document (model/drawing) and WTPart requires a lot of mouse actions. It would significantly reduce the number of actions and simplify navigation if the CAD objects could be opened quickly via the context menu.

5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization?

  • simplified navigation in windchill
  • Increasing the ease of use of the workgroup manager
  • more effectiveness and faster work

Community Manager
Status changed to: Acknowledged

Thank you @mschmidt1 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.


This will be available in Windchill 12.1.2

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The action is available for all MCAD tools

Status changed to: Delivered



I think this idea is similar to this one:


In this Idea, I have replied that:

  • In Windchill 12.1.2, we have taken an incremental step towards this idea by adding Open in CAD tool to the CAD Document Structure UI from the Workspace's Information Page
  • In Windchill 13.0.0, you can now also Open in CAD from the Commonspace Information Page's Structure Tab.   This action is applicable to all CAD tools.

Take a look at the images/videos on the other Idea.