We store AutoCAD drawings in Windchill as wt.documents. Other than the option to do a check in directly from AutoCAD using the AutoCAD WGM what else are the advantages of using a AutoCAD WGM and managing the documents as EPM documents, over storing it as wt.documents?
We are evaluating on whether we should move to AutoCAD WGM and start managing these documents as EPM Documents or continue managing them as wt.documents.
Currently we are not using wt.parts but plan to use it in the future.
In Windchill, AutoCAD WGM can carry out various workflows that can be productive to the end users and the company. Some of the few points that you can look into are as below:
AutoCAD has the embedded PTC Windchill Ribbon menu through which you can carryout various actions such as Check-in, Checkout, Revise & Check-out, Undo Checkout, Update Models, Open from Windchill etc.
Windchill understands AutoCAD relationships and file types such as Drawings, External References
Windchill is capable of locating all drawings referenced by a drawing model and automatically relating them to the part of the model.
Generate Windchill WTPart structures from AutoCAD “Blocks”.
Choose to manage related Project configuration files as attachments or separate documents.
Specify block name in Windchill attribute mapping if attributes of the same name exist in several blocks. This prevent attribute mapping confusion by specifying Block Name and having greater control on usage of attribute mapping.
For more information, please refer to “PTC Windchill Workgroup Manager for AutoCAD Administrator's and User's Guide ”
AutoCAD Drawings vaulted in Windchill can be directly viewed in the lightweight viewer "Creo View" without needing a license of AutoCAD for users that just need to view the drawing.
AutoCAD drawing checked in as CAD documents does not require server side publishing unlike NX, SolidWorks CAD workers.