|This section provides information regarding supported features and limitations when using STEP data in CATIA V5, which users should be familiar with prior to configuring and using STEP 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 a cgr, CATPart.
With all these formats you can access to part user attributes using Edit -> Properties:
Each format has its own limitations and advantages:
Using CATPart Mode versus Visu Mode
The MULTICAx STEP Plug-in supports CATPart mode, allowing for STEP parts to be imported as CATPart data files. In this mode, STEP 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 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.