Enhancement Details

Print Services

Windchill 10.0 offers a new optional module to simplify the process of printing content from Windchill.

Product Information

Product Collaboration Solutions
PDM & Process Solutions
PTC Windchill
Product / Module PTC Windchill PDMLink
PTC Windchill ProjectLink
Version 10.0
Product Functional Area Visualization
User Interface Location  
Processes, Initiatives, and Best Practices

Benefits and Description

Windchill 10.0 offers a new optional module to streamline the process of printing Windchill content on enterprise printers.

Key enhancements and features include:

Define print job -  The user can define which content is to be sent to which printer.

Simplified data collection - The user can easily "collect" the content to be sent to the printer using standard Windchill mechanisms, such as all drawings associated with an assembly.

Automated job queueing and exectuion -  Print jobs submitted to the system are automatically queued and passed to an available "print worker" (a batch mode invocation of Creo Elements/View) when one becomes available.

Import printer definitions into Windchill - The Windchill administrator can provide printer definitions to Windchill to enable subsequent use of the printers from the Windchill user interface. The printer definition includes printer name, color support, paper size (for example A3), which file types may be printed on this printer, and default scale. This also enables the definition of the default printer to use for different data types. For example, "JPEG images are to be sent to Printer X".

Automated drawing size and orientation extraction - When CAD drawings are published with the appropriate Creo Elements/View CAD adapter, the size and orientation of the drawing are extracted in order to subsequently send them to an appropriate printer (in the appropriate printer mode), when submitted for printing.

Scalable architecture - The use of "print workers" which are seperate to, but communicate with, the Windchill server provides a flexible environment to address growing printing throughput needs. As desired throughput grows, more print workers can be added to the system.


Windchill Print Services