Exporting and Publishing Distance Results

Using the Export As command, you can save band analysis results in a variety of different formats.

This task explains how to:

  • Save surfaces as a model document for re-use in a CATIA V4 design context

  • Export results in CGR and VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) format

  • Publish results to an XML file.

  • Browse the XML file

Insert the following sample cgr files: ATOMIZER.cgr, BODY1.cgr, BODY2.cgr, LOCK.cgr, NOZZLE1.cgr, NOZZLE2.cgr, REGULATION_COMMAND.cgr, REGULATOR.cgr, TRIGGER.cgr and VALVE.cgr.

They are to be found in the online documentation file tree in the common functionalities sample folder cfysm/samples.

Click Distance and Band Analysis in the DMU Space Analysis toolbar, or
select Insert > Distance and Band Analysis from the menu bar to run a band analysis. The Edit Distance and Band Analysis dialog box expands. Export As letting you export and publish band analysis results becomes available.

Click Export As . The Save As dialog box appears.

Specify the location of the document to be saved and, if necessary, enter a file name.

Click the Save as type drop-down list and select the desired format: (select model here)

  • model:  to export to a V4 model.
    Surfaces exported can be re-used in a CATIA V4 design context.
    Each of the four surfaces is saved as a polyhedral surface (*POL) in the model document.

  • cgr:  to save results in a CGR file.

  • wrl:  to save results as a VRML document.

  • xml: to publish results to an XML file.
    Each time you export results to an XML file, a folder containing all the necessary files and images is created.

  • The green and red color coding of exported surfaces is kept.

  • If you set the DLName document environment (Tools > Options > General > Document) as your current environment, clicking Export As will open the DLName dialog box instead of the usual Save As dialog box.

  • The DLName document environment lets you restrict the access to specific folders referenced by logical names referred to as DLNames. Each folder is assigned a logical name. In this mode, you can only access documents in folders referenced by DLNames.

  • For more information on the DLName document environment, see the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Click Save to save the results in a file in the desired format. In our example, select xml.

Browse your XML File:

Using the Tools > Options... Digital Mockup command (DMU Space Analysis > DMU Distance tab), you can:

  • Specify the default location of the XML file,

  • Indicate the style sheet used, and 

  • Have the browser open automatically.

To have your browser open automatically showing the exported results, ensure your browser is already open on your desktop.