|This section provides information regarding supported features and limitations when using SolidWorks/Parasolid/VDA-FS data in CATIA V5, which users should be familiar with prior to configuring and using SolidWorks Plug-in.|
When importing Multi-CAD data within CATIA V5, a conversion is performed. Depending on the use of data you are going to have, you can choose whether to create CGR, CGR with canonical information or CATPart data.
With all these formats you can access to part user attributes using Edit -> Properties:
Each format has its own limitations and advantages:
SolidWorks data containing invalid characters
The conversion into CATPart mode fails if your SolidWorks data contain
characters invalid for V5.
Fill in this table with the same information as for a V4/V5 conversion, plus the characters which are not supported in your files. The example below shows the content of the table to support "a umlaut" and "u umlaut" characters.
0x22 " _Inch
For more information on how to create the characters conversion table, please refer to the V4 Integration documentation.
The MULTICAx SolidWorks Plug-in supports CATPart mode, allowing for SolidWorks/Parasolid/VDA-FS parts to be imported as CATPart data files. In this mode, SolidWorks/Parasolid/VDA-FS parts data contained in the solid body are transferred into a CATPart.
As CATPart files are large and take more time to convert, the CATPart mode management is an optional feature.
CATPart Features and Limitations
The features and limitations of Multi-CAD CATParts are the same as the ones of locked V5 CATParts, which can be used as a reference but cannot be modified.
When to use the CATPart Mode
CATPart Mode is used when a user needs to perform exact positioning and exact measuring.
You should be aware that the conversion to the CATPart format requires more time than only generating the CGR (faceted format). In addition, CATPart files are larger than their corresponding CGR files. Therefore, it is recommended that CATPart mode is only enabled if exact positioning, exact measurement or putting constraints is required.