Inserting Components

This task shows you how to insert components into a DMU Navigator document.

  1. Select the Insert -> Existing Component... command.


It is possible to insert a component via HTTP in visualization mode. The document will be visualized and a cgr file will be generated in the cache. Supported document types are:

  • CATPart
  • model
  • cgr


If the menu item cannot be selected, right-click product1 in the specification tree and select Components ->Existing Component... from the contextual menu.
  1. In the Insert an Existing Component dialog box, select the file location.

  2. Click the Files of type: list.

  3. Select the desired type from the following:

Formats supported on all operating systems:

  • CATIA V4 Assembly Modeling Files (*.asm)  (In CATIA Only)
  • BYU 
  • CATIA V5 Parts (*.CATPart)
  • CATIA V5 Products (*.CATProduct)
  • CATIA Graphical Representation Files (*.cgr)
  • DenebDevice (*.dev)
  • CV Graphic ASCII Format (*.gaf)
  • CV Graphic Binary Format (*.gbf)
  • Ideas Facetted Format (*.iff)
  • CATIA V4 models (*.model)
  • CATIA V4 session (*.session)
  • NCGM (*.ncgm)
  • WaveFront OBJ (*.obj)
  • PDB files (*.pdb)
  • PS Optegra files (*._ps) 
  • SLP (*.slp)
  • STL (ASCII and binary) (*.stl)
  • Deneb Workcell (*.wcl)
  • VRML 2.0 Files (*.wrl)
  • iges
  • STRIM and STYLER models (*.tdg)
  • N4D Scenes (*.wrl) (geometry and product references only)
  • HSF (*.hsf)

Note: For Pro/Engineer, Ideas and Unigraphics Multi-CAD file types that can be inserted into DMU Navigator documents, see the corresponding documentation:

  • MULTICAx PD Plug-in (Pro/Engineer)
  • MULTICAx ID Plug-in (Ideas)
  • MULTICAx UD Plug-in (Unigraphics)




  • 3D XML

The following applicative data can now be saved in 3D XML format:

  • Annotated View
  • Alternate View (Enhanced Scene)
  • Presentation
  • Section
  • Measure
  • Animation

For more information concerning the 3D XML format, see the following tasks in the Infrastructure Guide:



Formats supported on Windows only:

  • dxf3D Parts (*.dxf)
  • SolidEdge Parts (*.par)
  • Acis (SAT) (*.sat)
  • SolidWorks Assemblies (*.sldasm)
  • SolidWorks Assemblies (*.SLDASM)
  • SolidWorks Parts (*.sldprt)
  • SolidWorks Parts (*.SLDPRT)
  • ParaSolidX_B Parts (*.x_b)
  • ParaSolidX_T Parts (*.x_t)



Models, parts and products are loaded in visualization mode, i.e. without associated technological data (only visualization data is loaded). To access technological data, you must switch to design mode. This is done by selecting components inserted in the specification tree and then Edit -> Representations -> Design Mode from the menu bar.


You can visualize the parts in your product structure using the function Edit -> Representations -> Activate terminal nodes.
  • A Loading in Progress dialog box indicates how many objects remain to be visualized.
  • You can interrupt this loading process by clicking the Interrupt button.


The insert of the following document types depends on the Visu Format Unit setting (see External Formats):
  • SLP
  • STL
  • OBJ
  • BYU
  • IFF
  • _PS

Note: For a file of type _PS, the Visu Format Unit must be set to 10.

  1. Click Open in the dialog box.
    The DMU Navigator document now looks like this:



Note: You can load the product structure only and then specify which 3D representations to insert. 
You need to check the option Do not activate default shapes on open. For more information, see Product Structure in the Infrastructure User's guide.

Adding CDM Products: For more information, see the V4 Integration User's Guide, Adding a CDM Product to a Product on UNIX and Customizing CDMA Data in CATIA Version 5 on UNIX.


Reading Parts and Assemblies from VPM: For information on reading parts and assemblies in VPM, see the V4 Integration User's Guide, Building a V5 product from a VPM1-PSN Window.


Using File ->Open, you can open 2D documents in the following formats:

  • cgm
  • V4 model (in ENOVIA-DMU Navigator only the draft tab is available)
  • AutoCAD files (*.dxf, *.dwg)
  • CATIA V4 drawings (*.model)
  • CATIA V4 image files (*.picture)
  • CATIA V5 CATDrawing (*.CATDrawing)
  • tiff, jpeg, bmp, picture (and other 2D Raster formats)
  • HPGL
  • HPGL2  (supports images and is printable)


Support of the 2D dxf format has been improved to provide the following:
  • text support
  • color and line types attributes
  • polyline support
  • dimension support

Note: Some limitations remain in the current version:

  • strikethrough and underlined text attributes are not taken into account
  • polylines are not filled
  • hatching is not supported
  • vertex entities are not correctly transcribed
  • viewport is not supported
For more information on working with 2D documents, see DMU 2D Workshop.

Inserting Sample Documents

Sample documents installed along with the online help library are provided in many cases to support the scenario that explains how a specific command works.

In the online documentation filetree, there is one samples folder for each user's guide. For more information on where sample documents are installed by default, see Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

When you insert a CATProduct containing applicative data, you will have the possibility of importing its applicative data. See Importing Applicative Data from an Inserted Component.