Contextual Menu of Components


This task shows you how to use the contextual menu of components.
There are several restrictions concerning the manipulation (notably when copying, pasting, deleting, dragging and dropping) of components and drilled CATParts.. Click here for more information.
  1. Open file MoldWithMoldedPartAndComponents.CATPoduct in the samples/MoldAndPart directory.

  2. Choose LeaderPin_FSN_1.1 in the specification tree or in the viewer
    (this is an example, the labels will vary with the name of the component).
    Use LeaderPin_FSN_1.1 object contextual menu.


Open in New Window

This opens the CATPart of the component in a new window, where you can edit it.

For example, we have changed the shaft angle of the LeaderPin in the new window,
this change is taken into account in all the instances of the LeaderPin in the Product.


Activate/Deactivate LeaderPin Component

This is a toggle function, components that were already deactivated will be activated and active components will be deactivated and displayed in visu mode in the tree.

One component or a group of components may be selected for activation/deactivation.

Deactivated components are:

  • not visible in the viewer nor are their associated holes,
  • ignored when a bill of material is generated.

Edit LeaderPin Component


  1. The component edition dialog box is displayed. Please refer to the Description of the Generic Dialog Box chapter for more information on the dialog box.

  2. You can now modify the positioning of the component, its origin, its direction, the Drill from/To positioning and its parameters.

  3. Click Reverse Direction or change the Origin X. You will see a preview of the result.

  4. Pick the W green arrow on the graphic display to reverse the orientation or pick another point or face to change the position of the component. You will see a preview of the result.

  Note that the coordinates are displayed under the cursor as you move it.
  1. You can also modify the component parameters in the Parameters tab. This tab is similar to that of the Define dialog box.

    However in the Edit dialog box, you retrieve the complete list of the user parameters of the component, not only the standard ones:This is particularly useful to edit user components.

  2. Use the slider of the tab to browse all the data available.

  3. Click OK to apply your modifications.

Constraints that depend upon a component will be deleted if you edit that component.
When editing components, you cannot modify the original supplier but you can change the reference in order to change the dimensions.

Delete component

Deletes the components and their associated holes.

We recommend that you do not use the ordinary Delete  function, since the associated holes would not be deleted.

Add New Instance

Enables you to add new instances of a given reference. The operating mode is similar to that of Adding Components.

There are two important options to the creation of new instances:

  • If Several Instances per Reference is not active, you will create an entirely new reference and instances of that reference,
  • If Several Instances per Reference is active, you will create new instances of the original reference.

In this case (Several Instances per Reference  is active), if the reference is a CATProduct with subparts, the new instances will be created but new references will not be created for the subparts.
New instances will contain exactly the same subparts as the original.

If the new reference, created with an inactive Several Instances per Reference option, was originally split the instances that you add will not be.

Isolate Component

See Isolating a Component.

Replace Reference

See Replacing Reference for information on this function.