Steps in CATIA
Creating a Catalog
From the CATIA Start
menu, select Infrastructure > Catalog Editor to open the
Catalog Editor workbench.
Create a catalog from scratch using one of both methods
- Using the Catalog Editor interactive commands: Activate the
chapter under which you want to create a chapter or a subchapter.
- In Batch mode: Open the BatchCatalog.csv file with an editor
like Microsoft Excel. This file file contains the information
required to create a complete chapter referencing subchapters
For more about the Catalog Workbench, see the CATIA Component
Catalog Editor User's Guide.
Resolving Part Families and Part Family
Resolving a part family or a part family component means generating the
.CATPart documents referred to by the part family or the part family
component. These documents are generated in a specific folder (you specify
in the catalog settings) and each generated document is a copy of the
generative part configured with the matching row in the design table.
In the specification tree, select the part family to be
Right-click then select xxx object > Resolve.
The corresponding reference documents are generated in the folder you
specified in the catalog settings. To access these settings, use
Tools > Options > Infrastructure > Catalog Editor > Catalogs tab.
Prior to resolving catalogs, also make sure that the Allow family
component dynamic resolution in catalog option available too from
the Catalogs tab is on.
Steps in SmarTeam
Saving a CATIA V5 catalog inside SmarTeam
Define classes in which you will save your documents.
For detailed instructions, see Customizing
the Bulk Loading Command
Connect to SmarTeam.
Select SmarTeam > Bulk Loading...
Choose the path to find all standard parts.
Multi-select all documents you wish to save as Standard
Still in the catalog, select SmarTeam > Save.
SmarTeam prompts you to save the generic part. At this stage, you
need to switch the class to Standard Parts. SmarTeam will promote to save
the design table.
SmarTeam will automatically generate reference links between all saved
parts and the catalog.
Releasing a CATIA V5 catalog inside SmarTeam
Release the catalog.
The Release operation automatically releases all documents. The catalog
and all its children are now saved and released in SMARTEAM.
Setting Up a Shared Directory for the Catalog
Set up a shared directory folder as default.
To keep this shared directory clean and secured, it is strongly
recommended to assign the Windows permissions as below:
- Keep administration rights
- Assign engineer designers read-only rights only.
Copying the Catalog in the Shared Directory
Search for your catalog.
Right-click and select Copy File.
Propagate this operation on all standard parts to perform
the operation on the catalog and all its children.
The librarian's work is now complete: the catalog is in the
electronic vault and the shared directory contains a copy of it. Design
engineers can then access CATIA Catalogs.