Within a session of Pro/E Wildfire 4 attached to Windchill PDMLink 10, I have the option to save a copy of a CAD file in several formats, such as.igs or .stp, as an attachment to the source CAD Document, or as a separate file. If I create the separate file, it appears as its own line item and is identified in my workspace as a “CAD Document” with the appropriate icon (looks like a piece of paper with a drafting triangle adjacent to it). From that point I can control it just as a native Pro/E file (add to workspace, check-out, rev etc). On the flip side, when I receive a .stp or .igs file from a supplier or customer, there is no way to import it into my workspace to archive it as-supplied under an appropriate product and folder in PDMLink. I can go to Commonspace (Windchill Cabinets) browse to the product, folder etc, create a new document and load the supplied .igs or .stp file as the “Primary Content Source”. When doing this, the file is simply identified as a “Document” with an icon that looks like a page with text on it. If when created and pushed from Pro/E into the PLM system it properly identifies it as a CAD Document, why does the intelligence not exist when I essentially load the .igs or .stp file directly into PDMLink? Do I need to create a soft type? It would seem it already exists and is used when pushed from Pro/E. How do I get PDMLink to treat files of this type the same way no matter how I get it into the system?I want the look and feel of these files to be the same for my users no matter how it gets into PDMLink.
Turns out to be a very simple solution. Use the config.pro file option "allow_import_file_extension igs,stp" (specifying required file type extensions). Thanks goes out to Dan Wolf and Tom McNaney for quick replies with this solution.
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