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									                      Customer PTC E-Newsletter
                                      Date: 10/18/02

PTC Product Focus: A) Pro/ECAD
                            B) Windchill ProjectLink – Project Collaboration
Tips of the Week:           A) 6 Miscellaneous Tips to Help You
                            B) Checking in Additional Content w/ Workgroup Managers
Announcements: Most Recent Announcements
Upcoming Events & Training Schedule: Events & Training Schedule

                                 PTC Product Focus


Pro/ECAD provides for the direct, bi-directional exchange of information between the
Pro/ENGINEER environment and Electrical Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) systems.
Pro/ECAD enables parametric printed circuit board (PCB) and component designs to be created
and maintained in either Pro/ENGINEER or an ECAD system. Mutually supported information,

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such as the board outline, keep-in, keep-out and height restriction areas, and component shape
and locations, can be exchanged between systems in both directions.


Pro/ECAD fulfill the need to bridge the ECAD and MCAD design worlds. Pro/ECAD provides a
powerful interface between ECAD packages and Pro/ENGINEER

   •   Electrical and mechanical engineers with a single, intuitive tool that allows them to create
       parametric PCB designs within Pro/ENGINEER, or to import design from an external
       ECAD system.
   •   The board design can be started in Pro/ENGINEER to define the first volume and
       package requirements, and then transferred to a PCB design system to complete it. Or,
       the PCB design can start in the ECAD system, and then imported into Pro/ENGINEER
       using Pro/ECAD. The iteration can be done as many times as it’s needed.
   •   Pro/ECAD can help companies save money and time by enabling products that have both
       mechanical and electrical component to be developed concurrently.

Product Key Features

   1. Export and import neutral files, including Intermediate Data Format (IDF) 3.0 and 2.0

    Pro/ECAD interface uses the industry standard format IDF version 3.0 and 2.0 to transfer
   information such as keep-in and keep-out areas, PCB outline, cutouts and holes, components’
   placement and property information.

   2. Transfer components’ mechanical properties to Pro/ENGINEER

   The mechanical properties of PCB components can be transferred from an ECAD system to
   Pro/ENGINEER either by automatically map the electrical component to a mechanical one
   (solid model), or extruding the 2D profile to the given height to create a mechanical
   component that represent the overall shape or “package” of the electrical component.

   3. Automatically place all components on the PCB

   All necessary information for automatically placing components on the PCB can be
   transferred from an ECAD system to Pro/ENGINEER with Pro/ECAD.

“Top 3 Frequently asked question”

(1) Does Pro/ECAD works with Mentor Graphics “Boardstation”, Cadence “Allegro”, Zuken-
Redac “Visula”, PCAD, ORCAD, PADDS?

Pro/ECAD uses the IDF standard to exchange information with the ecad software packages, and
then it’s able to interface with any PCB designer software using the same standard format for the
exchange of data. For more information about IDF standard

(2) Are the imported objects (board, components) parametric?

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Immediately upon import their sections are not parametric. They can be redefined and fully
dimensioned as well as any other section in Pro/ENGINEER.

(3) Can I compare two import results of the same board assembly?

Pro/ECAD provides tools to graphically display the differences between two versions of the
same imported board, and to perform action such as accept/reject the new component, update the
position, discard the change.

Using ECAD Import with Pro/INTRALINK

ECAD Overview

ECAD import in Pro/ENGINEER has been a very quick way to take designs created in 2D
ECAD systems such as Mentor Graphics or Allegro, and transfer them into Pro/ENGINEER 3D
solid models. Generally, two files in a neutral format are exported from the ECAD system.

The first file (generally denoted with the extension *.emn) contains two types of information. It
includes the dimensions and thickness of a board, as well as placement information about the
named electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, etc. The second file (with extension
*.emp) is called the Profiles file. It includes information about the dimensions of each of the
named components referred to in the first file.

All of the information contained in the two files is generated by the ECAD system. Generally,
on the ECAD side of things, there is a librarian who maintains the component libraries. From
the standpoint of the ECAD system, the only important information is two-dimensional.
Therefore, the profiles file only contains a 2D outline of a component, and generally also
includes a height. This is not a very accurate representation of the actual three-dimensional
component. When Pro/E interprets this information, it takes the outline from the 2D system, and
extrudes it straight up to form a 3D component, which is an inaccurate representation of the real

Therefore, MCAD librarians maintain separate libraries with true 3D representations of the
electronic components. The MCAD librarian stores these library components that contain
detailed information about the mechanical aspects of the components, and less information about
the electrical properties. When an ECAD import is performed in Pro/E, before constructing the
3D protrusion from the 2D component information, Pro/E will check the search paths for
mechanical components bearing the same name as the components provided in the *.emn file. If
these library components are found, they will be assembled rather than the newly created

This is where Pro/INTRALINK has caused some disruptions in the workflow. When working
with a data management system such as Pro/INTRALINK, search paths are disabled because all
data should be stored within the Pro/INTRALINK Commonspace in order to enforce controls
over this data. The optimal solution would be to store the mechanical component libraries within

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Pro/INTRALINK, and allow ECAD import to search for these components. Enhancements have
been made to provide this functionality in Pro/ENGINEER 2000i and Pro/INTRALINK 2.0.

Intended Behavior of ECAD Import in a Linked Session of Pro/ENGINEER

The Workflow for performing an ECAD Import in a linked session of Pro/ENGINEER has not
changed. The *.emn and *.emp files should be imported in the traditional manner. These files
may reside in a Workspace (checked out as local copies), on the hard disk, or in the
Commonspace. If the files are selected from the Commonspace, Pro/ENGINEER will
automatically check them out to the Workspace.

By default, ECAD will search the Commonspace for all components. Pro/INTRALINK requires
that all parts and assemblies have unique names; therefore it does not matter where in the
Commonspace a component resides. If a component of the same name as the one Pro/E is
attempting to assemble is found in the Commonspace, it will be checked out to the Workspace
Pro/E is linked to and assembled in the ECAD assembly. If a component resides in
Pro/ENGINEER memory or in the Workspace, but not in the Commonspace, it will be
assembled properly. Components not found in any of these locations will be created from the
profile defined in the *.emp file. Pro/E will not check for components in Search Paths.

Notes for Using File

Using the file to map MCAD names to ECAD names is supported. The file
should reside in the Pro/ENGINEER working directory, but not in the Workspace or
Commonspace. The Pro/E working directory in a linked session of Pro/ENGINEER is generally
the same as the PDM_LDB_PATH variable that Pro/INTRALINK uses to set the Workspace
directory. This location can be checked or changed by choosing File >> Working Directory in a
linked session of Pro/ENGINEER.

Additional Issues

Pro/E is not capable of bringing objects directly into session from the Commonspace. It must
first check them out to the Workspace, and then retrieve them into session. This applies to all
modules, not just ECAD. When Pro/E checks these files out from the Commonspace, the latest
version of the objects is always checked out, and the files are always checked out as local copies.

Additionally, Pro/ENGINEER does not have the capacity to resolve Check Out conflicts. For
example, if a user attempts to Check Out an assembly but does not have authorization to Check
Out a dependent component, the Check Out will fail and the Assembly will not be retrieved.
Another cause for Check Out conflicts occurs when a user attempts to Check Out an assembly,
but certain dependent objects already exist in the Workspace. When this is done via the
Pro/INTRALINK client, the conflict can be very easily resolved because all of the information
about the various objects is readily available. In all cases where Check Out conflicts occur,
Pro/E will not automatically override the Check Out.

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The effect that this has on the ECAD designer is that when Pro/E generates a list of object to be
checked out from the Commonspace (based on the names in the ECAD files), it attempts to
execute a single Check Out. However, if any of the components are already found in the
Workspace, the Check Out will fail. Pro/E will then construct the components based on the
information in the Profiles file. When the assembly is saved to the Workspace, the components
will be saved as new objects.

By checking the Status in the Workspace, a user can quickly determine if the files do in fact
reside in the Commonspace. If so, the user can select the files and choose “Update” in the
Workspace. The components from the Commonspace will then be checked out. Further more,
they can be replaced in the Pro/ENGINEER session if necessary. However, it is recommended
that users perform the ECAD import in empty Workspaces.

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                                   PTC Product Focus
Windchill ProjectLink – Project Collaboration

Windchill® ProjectLink™ is the first solution that delivers comprehensive, real-time project
collaboration for all members of your extended product development team. It drives innovation
by providing Web-based, virtual workspaces with all the tools necessary to bring globally
dispersed design team members together as if working in the same room.

                                                 Windchill ProjectLink features intuitive, self-
                                                 service administration. Launching new projects
                                                 is easy; a user simply logs on, sets up the
                                                 project from a customer-defined template,
                                                 invites participants, and the team is off and
                                                 running, with minimal IT support. Topic-based
                                                 tutorials provide dynamic visual examples to
                                                 assist users. Windchill ProjectLink is
                                                 particularly useful on highly iterative projects,
                                                 common in industries like aerospace,
                                                 automotive, consumer goods, high tech and
                                                 industrial equipment. Indeed, this solution
                                                 presents a clear benefit to any industry where
                                                 collaboration is essential. And with Windchill
                                                 ProjectLink, teams can do it all: share thoughts,
                                                 review product designs and models, brainstorm,
                                                 make iterations, and stay informed, directly
                                                 from their desktops.

                                                 Windchill ProjectLink creates a virtual
                                                 workspace that becomes the access point for all
                                                 current data on a particular project. By
                                                 providing team members with access to the

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right information at the right time, teams keep moving quickly, in the same direction. Team
members are alerted when changes occur to schedules, documents, project designs, and other
information in their projects. With Windchill ProjectLink, manufacturers can recapture
unproductive wait time and focus it on product development. This speeds time to market and
optimizes resources.

Windchill ProjectLink is a quick-start, turnkey solution; it’s easy to get it up and running and
easy for everyone to use. Our standard implementation can be completed in as little as two
weeks. That means low cost and big benefit. You can choose to host Windchill ProjectLink
internally on your own server,or select an ASP model and host it on a partner’s server.

Windchill ProjectLink supports these critical project execution capabilities:

Project Management —enables closed-loop project management where the project owner can
set a schedule and the entire team can access it, and directly report their progress. As a result, the
most up-to-date information is always available to all parties.

This includes:
• Deliverables-based project management                • Export of a Windchill ProjectLink project
• Configurable and reusable project                    plan
templates                                              • Executive dashboard with essential project
• Automated delivery and execution of                  information
scheduled activities                                   • Reports detail project data
• Hierarchy of projects                                • Total project cost, resource, and effort
• Import of a Microsoft® Project plan                  tracking

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• Action item capture and resolution                • Configurable timeline with status of key
management                                          project events

Automated Business Processes— employs a powerful workflow engine that automates many
business processes to streamline product development while removing distance barriers.

• Folder-based storage and controlled access        • Deadlines with escalation policies for
to project information such as specifications,      proactive and follow-up notifications
design notes, manufacturing plans, part             • Task reassignment to help project leaders
definitions, bills of materials, software           relieve bottlenecks and facilitate workflow
modules, and 2D and 3D designs                      • Advanced workflow definition capabilities
• Reusable workflow templates automate              to automate proprietary processes, including
common processes                                    support for nested processes, process
• Tailorable forms define process tasks and         referencing, conditional branching, voting,
tie together relevant information                   synchronization, timers, iterative loops, and
• Automatic distribution of tasks to team           response-based routing

Information management—manages a vast range of information regardless of systems,
organizational differences, or geographic boundaries. Participants can author, access, and
manage this data so that the right information is available when team members need it.

Automated Business Processes— employs a powerful workflow engine that automates many
business processes to streamline product development while removing distance barriers.

• Folder-based storage and controlled access        design notes, manufacturing plans, part
to project information such as specifications,

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definitions, bills of materials, software        • Lightweight visualization and markup of
modules, and 2D                                  many document formats
and 3D designs                                   • Discussion forums linked to project data
• Check-in and check-out functions for           for focused and secure collaboration
concurrency control                              • Personal notebook to manage links to
• Complete change history                        important information
• Document templates                             • XML-based import and export of project
• Automated or ad hoc routing of documents       information to and from their projects,
and parts for review and approval                corporate enterprise systems, or other
• Access control rules for individual            exchanges
documents, parts, and folders

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Interoperability—robust integration with leading MCAD systems, including
Pro/ENGINEER®,      ro/DESKTOP®,          AutoCAD®, CATIA®, SolidWorks®; I-DEAS®,
SolidWorks®, and Unigraphics®.

Fast implementation—the Quick Start program, a predefined, fixed price, implementation
package, enables companies to get Windchill Projectlink running and delivering benefits in as
few as 2 weeks.

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                              Tips of the Week
6 Miscellaneous Tips to Help You

#1 Use Pro/Collaborate

STOP! Using email and FTP sites to exchange Data with your Partners,
Vendors, and Suppliers. Try out the FREE Collaboration site at

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#2 Fly Through – from inside Pro/E

Did you know? You can “Fly Through”, “Walk Through”, or “”follow a Path” from inside

NOTE: You can save on system resources by “Flying Through” Simplified Reps (Graphics Reps,
or Geometry Reps) instead of that very large assembly!

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#3 Performance Options:

Turn off display of datums For BEST performance while SPINNING and FLY THROUGH Of
LARGE Assemblies

NOTE: Blanking Datums with LAYERS or turning Off DISPLAY of
DATUMS with icon is NOT the same!

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#4 Compare Part

Shape Comparison:

   •   View Different versions of the same model
   •   Comprehensive graphical display of feature and geometric differences
   •   Compliments Shape Indexing and offers text report of feature differences

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#5 Trace Sketch

You can import image files to use as a guide for creating geometry:

   1)   Scan or import the needed image as TIFF, JPEG, etc.
   2)   Create a Flat Surface of appropriate dimensions
   3)   Create a custom color – add the “image file” as a “texture”
   4)   Apply the color to the appropriate surface.

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#6 Datum Tag Display
You can turn OFF the display of Labels for: Planes, Axis, Points, and Coordinate Systems to
reduce clutter on the screen.
    NOTE: You can add the “Datum Tag Display” Icons to your toolbar

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                                   Tips of the Week
Checking in Additional Content with Workgroup Managers

Would you like the ability to store an IGES or STEP file with your Pro/E models? Do you have
other related items you would like to link directly to Cad Documents? This tip will detail how
Workgroup Manager users can add additional content to their EPMDocuments. This tip can be
used with Windchill or PDMLink, Pro/E and AutoCAD. Build 6.2.6 will add support for
Unigraphics, I-DEAS and SolidWorks Workgroup Managers.

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Some uses of this functionality are:
   • Storing STEP or IGES representations of Cad Models
   • Storing PDF or TIFF versions of drawings
   • Associating Pro/MECHANICA or CDRS files with Pro/E files
   • Grouping single sheet drawings together that represent a multi-sheet drawing
   • Associating third-party files to related cad data such as analysis files and results.

Workgroup Manager For Pro/ENGINEER

Settings for additional content upload are controlled by the proefileadaptor.ini file located in
%WT_HOME%\codebase\cfg\default. The Windchill administrator would configure this file to
look for additional files when uploading Pro/ENGINEER data. The user will not be aware that
these files are uploaded until they check the properties of the EPMDocument. Once
configuration of this file is complete, the wmpref.jar should be recreated in order to distribute
this to the user community.

The property proe.object.files details the files that will be uploaded for additional content. The
exclamation point, “!” denotes case insensitivity and the tilda, “~”, denotes a NOT symbol.
Wildcards and braces can be used as well. For example, the line:
means that WM/Pro will take any file with the same filename as the Pro/E file with the extension
bmp, jpg, tif, xml, or mdb, ignoring case. Variables that can be used are <NUMBER>,<NAME>
and <EXT>. A set of items separated by commas is equivalent to an OR expression.
<NUMBER> is equivalent to <NAME>.<EXT>. So, to pickup STEP and IGES files, use:
It is necessary to use some form of the original Pro/E object information so the Workgroup
Manager knows which object to associate the files with.

To allow users to download the additional content back to their workspaces, the administrator
needs to configure the property in the same file. This can increase storage
requirements depending upon the size of the content files being uploaded. Pro/Mechanica
studies, STEP and IGES files can get rather large. For STEP and IGES, it is not necessary to
redownload them. If the Pro/E file is modified and rechecked in, the same STEP file will be
reuploaded to the new iteration. A Windchill user could falsely assume that the secondary
content STEP file is geometrically the same as that particular iteration of the Pro/E file.

Figure 1 – WGM Properties

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Workgroup Manager For AutoCAD

To enable this functionality, the Windchill Administrator must set the following line in the
wtcad.ini for WGM/AutoCAD:
This file can be located in %WT_HOME%/codebase/wmautocad. Once saved, the
wmautocad.jar file should be recreated in order to distribute this to the user community.


Figure 2 – Checkin Preferences

Figure 2 shows the resulting checkin preferences window. Users can add or removed additional
content using the GUI provided. Balloon 1 above, when clicked, pops up a file browse tool seen
in Figure 3.

Figure 3 – Browse for files to add

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Figure 4 – Resultant Checkin Preferences

The result, seen above in Figure 4, shows the selected file in a list. This will be uploaded along
with the primary file content from AutoCAD. There is no restriction on the type of file that can
be uploaded with this functionality. Once uploaded, the properties page should indicated
additional content. It is also possible to download it from there as well. Secondary content will
automatically be downloaded when the object is checked out again. When the user checks the
object back in, the secondary content will be listed as before. The user then has the option of
removing the file from the list otherwise the file will be reuploaded with the new iteration.
Results in Windchill/PDMLink

Figure 5 – EPMDocument Properties Page, Contents

The content section of the properties page lists all content files that were uploaded for that
iteration. The primary content is shown first followed by other files, Figure 5. The urls make is
it possible for the user to download the file content. This is very useful for placing addition
versions of the primary content such as PDFs or drawings, or neutral files for 3D geometry.
These items would need to be generated on the Workgroup Manager client before checkin of that

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WVS Considerations

The Windchill Visualization Service does not support the publishing or conversion of secondary
file content on Cad Documents. Users should not expect to see viewable representations when
launching Product View to see these EPMDocument. With Pro/ENGINEER data, only the
primary content will be considered and sent to the publisher. Figure 6 shows Product View,
indicating that only the viewable of the primary content appears in the file listing. As usual, a
link to the EPMDocument properties page is provided so users can go back to this page and
download the secondary content files.

Since there is no conversion necessary for AutoCAD data, additional content will be downloaded
to Product View when these EPMDocuments are published. However, all files will be displayed
in Product View as a drawing type since that is what the AutoCAD primary content will be
displayed as. See Figure 7 for example.

Figure 6 – Product View with Pro/E data

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Figure 7 – Product View with AutoCAD data

Unigraphics, I-DEAS and SolidWorks Support

With update 6.2.6 for these Workgroup Managers, additional content upload will be supported.
Similar to WGM/AutoCAD, the user will be presented with a GUI where they can browse for
files to upload and add them to a list when checking in cad data.Figure 8 shows an example of
what this might look like. An additional tab, Balloon 1, is added to Properties popup window to
add files.


Figure 8 – Unigraphics

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