Analyzing Dependencies

This task shows you how to see the relationships between components using a tree.
Open the AnalyzingAssembly03.CATProduct document.
  1. Select the component CRIC_BRANCH_3.1.
    You can analyze the dependencies of your assembly by selecting the root of the tree too.

  2. Select Analyze > Dependencies... command.
    The Assembly Dependencies Tree dialog box appears.

  3. Right-click CRIC_BRANCH3.1 and select the Expand node command from the contextual menu.
    The constraints defined for this component then appear:

  4. Right-click CRIC_BRANCH3.1 and select the Expand all command from the contextual menu.
    Now, the constraints and components related to the component you have selected are displayed:
    You can notice that there are from CRIC_BRANCH_3:
    • a coincidence constraint with CRIC_BRANCH_1.1: Coincidence.4
    • a surface contact constraint with CRIC_FRAME.1: Surface contact.5
    • a surface contact constraint with CRIC_AXIS.1: Surface contact.9
    • a surface contact constraint with CRIC_BRANCH_1.1: Surface contact.6
    • a coincidence constraint with CRIC_FRAME.1: Coincidence.7

  5. Checking the different options available in the Elements frame.
    You can display the following:
    • Constraints: by default, this option is activated
    • Associativity: shows components edited in Assembly Design context. See Designing in Assembly Design Context. Contextual components are linked to support components by green lines in the graph.
    • Relations: shows formulas. For more information, please refer to Knowledge Advisor User's Guide.

  6. You can also display the relationships by filtering the components you wish to see. Either check the Child option to take the children of the component  into account or check Leaf to hide them.
    Contextual commands are available:
    • Expand all: lets you see the whole relationship. Note that double-clicking produces the same result.
    • Expand node: lets you see the relationship under the node.
    • Set as new root: sets the selected component as the component whose relationships are to be examined.
    • Change activation: (for constraint only) lets you deactivate or activate the constraint.
    Zooming in and zooming out in the tree is allowed.

  7. Click OK to close the dialog box.