Instantiating Power Copies

This capability is available with the Wireframe and Surface product providing you have KT1 or PKT licenses.
This capability lets you instantiate Power Copies once they have been created (See Creating Power Copies).

There are three types of instantiating modes:

  You can also instantiate Power Copies using the Catalog and from a VB Macro.
  • When instantiating from the same document, use the PowerCopy object > Instantiate contextual menu to display the Insert Object dialog box directly.
  • The icon is always grayed when instantiating Power Copies. It is available with User Features (UDFs) and allows you to create and modify URLs.
  • Here is a list of the elements you can select for instantiating Power Copies:


Can include

Geometrical Set Ordered Geometrical Set Body Solid Body Part
Geometrical Set  X


  X X
Ordered Geometrical Set   X X   X
Body   X     X
Solid Body         X
Solid From Body X
From Solid Body X
Volume From GS X        
From OGS   X X    




From GS X        
From OGS   X X    
Sketch From Body or OGS X X
From Solid Body or GS X X
Working with the datum mode is independent from the instantiation type: indeed Power Copies behave as a Copy as Specified and not as a Copy as Result.
For further information about the various formats available when pasting elements, refer to the Using the Paste Special... Command in CATIA Infrastructure User's Guide documentation.
  The Power Copy capability lets you select alternate document access methods.
Refer to Opening Existing Documents Using the Browse Window in CATIA Infrastructure User's Guide.