You will use this task to:
  • recover several STEP, 3D or 2D IGES or DXF files from another system to V5,
  • export several V5 files to STEP, 3D or 2D IGES or DXF,

in one shot.

  • STEP files are transferred as CATPart or CATProduct, or 3D XML files,
  • IGES files are transferred as CATPart, or 3D XML files,
  • DXF/DWG and 2D IGES files are transferred as CATDrawing,
  • V5 CATPart, CATProduct and CATShape files can be exported to STEP or 3D IGES,
  • CATDrawing files are exported to DXF/DWG or 2D IGES files.
  • Transfers are done with the options you have set (for more information, see IGES, STEP, DXF and IGES 2D settings).
Import of STEP or IGES files to 3D XML files:
  • This import creates geometry in non compressed tessellated representation,
  • The settings taken into account are the STEP or IGES import settings, not the 3D XML settings that may exist in V5.
    Since 3D XML settings are not taken into account, the 3D XML tab is not displayed in the Batch Options dialog box.
  • When relevant, output 3D XML files will contain a product structure, depending of the IGES or STEP settings you have defined.
  • Remote mode is not available for the export of CATProducts to STEP or IGES format.
  • Define output parameters before adding the input files
    (the type of the input files proposed depends on the choice of the output file type you have made).
  • You can mix import and export, and STEP, 3D or 2D IGES or DXF in one process,
    or send the output files in several output directories.
  • In those cases, define the output parameters for the first batch of input files,
    then add those input files, and repeat those steps as many times as necessary.
  • Only existing output directories can be selected.
  • If the output directory no longer exist when you run the batch process, a message will warn you.
  • You can not change the output parameters for a file once you have added it to the list.
    However, you can delete it from the list, define new output parameters and add the file again.
You need the corresponding 2D or 3D IGES and/or STEP interface licences
to process DXF/DWG, 2D or 3D IGES and/or STEP files with the Batch Monitor, even though you can access
the Batch Monitor and the Batch-DXF-IGES-STEP line, and save your batch parameters as a .xml file,
without those licences present.

If the required licences are not present when you run the process, a message will invite you to check the log file.
Files with corresponding licences present will be processed, the other will not.

  1. Start the Batch Monitor (see Version 5 Infrastructure User's Guide).

  2. Double-click Batch-DXF-IGES-STEP. The Batch-DXF-IGES-STEP dialog box is displayed.

  3. Define the Output directory: Press the ... button and browse your computer to select the output directory.
    You can choose one output directory for one, several or all the input files.

  4. Select the type of the output file. It can be the same for all the input files or not.

  5. Push the Add file(s) button and select one or several input files.

    The file is added to the list of files to process.
    To delete a file from the list, select it in the list. The Delete file(s) button becomes available.
    Push it to delete the file. You can also select several files using Windows selection tools.
Note that the list of file extensions proposed in the Files of type field depends of the Output file type selected,
in order to avoid incoherencies in the process.

You may keep the same Output directory or the same Output file type for all files,
or modify them before adding a new (or several) file.

  1. Push the Options button.
    A dialog box is displayed with the options available for IGES, STEP, DXF and IGES 2D.
    Your changes will replace the current settings.

  2. You can:
    • Click the Licensing Setup... button and select a license authorizing the use of the batch you want to run.
      If you run a batch without previously selecting a license, the system reads the License.CATSettings file
      and tries to run the batch with the licenses found in this file.
      If you do not succeed in running the batch due to a licensing problem,
      click the Licensing Setup... button and select a license from the list.
      When you click on this button, the system searches for both nodelock licenses installed
      on your computer and network licenses accessible from your computer and displays the list of licenses found.
      The list displayed will contain the same licenses visible in the Tools > Options > Licensing tab.
      Then, select the appropriate license from the list.
      The license is only acquired temporarily for the duration of the batch execution.
    • Click the Run button to process the files immediately. Check the required option Run Local or Run Remote
      (in that case enter the name of the remote machine) or
    • Click the Save button to save the process as a .xml file and run it later
      (see Version 5 Infrastructure User's Guide), or
    • Click the Cancel button to exit the process without saving or running it.

  1. At the end of the batch process, you can check the result in the Processes tab of the batch monitor,
    n the column Information (Succeeded or Batch ERROR:...)
    Double-click on the name of the batch process to display the corresponding log file.
    This file lists the name, path and type of the input file.
    Then either the name and path of the file created (Transfer OK - Created file :...)
    or the reason of the failure (e.g. Impossible to open...)
    and the number of failures (Number of Error(s) occurred during the Batch processing :)

    This process is successful:
    There are errors in this process:
In the case of export of Multi-sheets (DXF, DWG or IGES 2D), the names of the files created is not given.