Everything you need to implement ThingWorx Navigate for PLM data

Get Familiar with ThingWorx Navigate

ThingWorx Navigate enables stakeholders throughout an organization to easily access rich data stored within the organization’s enterprise system, without the need for extra training. With out-of-the-box (OOTB) role-based tasks that provide contextualized information as well as the ability to easily tailor tasksto meet organizational needs, ThingWorx Navigate helps users spend less time searching for data and more time collaborating.

01. Learn the basics

ThingWorx Navigate gives Extended Users, individuals who do not typically access PLM software, quick and easy access to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) data such as drawings, documents, and designs, as well as change requests by simplifying and streamlining access to data. Users in manufacturing, procurement, service, sales and marketing, and quality engineering can view real-time, accurate PLM content via a simple, tailored interface. 

There are two categories of ThingWorx Navigate apps:

View apps

  • Apps that allow users to view up-to-date product information (like parts lists or product drawings), but do not allow editing.

Contribute apps

  • Appsthat allow users to add or change accessible data
    • The role of the user is tied to what apps are accessible.  All data access is granted at the Windchill level, not the ThingWorx Navigate level.  

Key functionalities of ThingWorx Navigate apps include:

  • Viewing and downloading PLM content like drawings, design files, part structures, and documents
  • Interacting with part models in 3D with cross selection capabilities using attributes
  • Reviewing, approving, commenting, and providing feedback on Changes
  • Building custom apps, using reusable components and mashup data from multiple systems; uses include supplier collaboration, production planning, and quality reporting

Flexible deployment options include on-premises or PTC SaaS. The application is web-based allowing for seamless install and upgrade.

02. Out-of-the-box and custom apps

ThingWorx Navigate offers a set of out-of-the-box (OOTB) apps as well as the option to build a custom app for a specific use case.

Each OOTB app is based on a user task to access PLM content for a job function or decision. An administrator configures and tailors the app for user roles without any development.

If an OOTB app does not meet your use case or requirements, you can build a custom app using the power of ThingWorx. For example, a custom app can source and compile data from systems other than Windchill. Custom app projects involve development and different licensing.

As you move forward, align your business use case to determine whether to use an OOTB app or build a custom app.

ThingWorx Navigate OOTB Apps


  • Search for and view a CAD document or part by name or number. All View Part apps allow the user to search.
  • All View Document apps allow the user to search for a document by name or number

View Design Files

  • Download a zip file containing all available design files

View Drawing

  • Launch a representation of the CAD document or parts drawing file

View and Measure in 3D

  • Launch the CAD document in Creo Lite utilizing WebGL
  • View measurements, angles, and comments within Creo Lite
  • Open the object’s representation in Creo View

View Part Properties

  • View additional attributes for a CAD document or part

View Part List

  • View the part list
  • Launch available drawing files for each part
  • Export the part list to a CSV file

View Part Structure

  • View the part structure table
  • View attributes or individual parts within a structure
  • Explore parts in a 3D environment

View Document

  • View document thumbnail and key attributes of the document
  • View and download document attachments
  • Launch the document in its original file format


View Document Structure

  • View document thumbnail and key attributes of the document
  • View the document structure table and additional attributes of the subcomponents in the table (for example, a section of a manual)
  • Launch the document in its original file format

Download Drawing Bundle

  • Specify a set of parts or CAD documents and download a zip file containing drawings for the CAD documents or parts in the set
  • Download individual drawing files for any of the parts or CAD documents

My Tasks (Change Management)

  • Review, approve, or reject change requests assigned via a task list
  • Access full details of Change Management Tasks including affected items and attachments
  • Check how others have responded, approved, rejected, or reassigned the tasks

Report a Problem

  • Report an issue about digital designs in Windchill directly inside of ThingWorx Navigate
  • Report from within a view task to associate the problem report to the affected object
  • Accessible for all user groups, not limited to subject matter experts
  • Enter text and upload images to describe the problem fully

Every year ThingWorx Navigate makes it easier to do your job and helps make you more productive. We recommend reviewing the features available with each version of ThingWorx Navigate.

  • Read technical details on ThingWorx Navigate’s core features and functionality on the Help Center.
  • Use the Release Advisor to compare compatible versions of ThingWorx Navigate with other PTC products.

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