Saving an Assembly

Every CATIA assembly should be saved into the SmarTeam database. After you create a new assembly or modify an existing one, choose one of the Save options. Then, check in the assembly by choosing Lifecycle > Check In. The assembly is then placed into the Checked In vault.

The SmarTeam integrated menu provides two methods for saving Assemblies:

  • Save: Saves the assembly in the SmarTeam database. See Saving a Part for details.

  • Save As: Saves the assembly into the SmarTeam database and defines the project and the parent folder of the document.
    For example, you can save the new assembly as a child of the Technical Assemblies folder in the Drive Shaft project.
    After you choose a SmarTeam Save option, a CATIA Product Profile Card is displayed in the Object Attributes window. After you fill in the attribute fields, click OK. The assembly is saved to the SmarTeam database.

Although it is possible to save different document types in the SmarTeam database using SmarTeam Save Editor or Web Editor capabilities, you must use CATIA SmarTeam > Save to save the different CATIA documents in the database.

Since the process of saving a part is identical to that of saving an assembly, see the following pages for detailed instructions: To save a document for the first time, see Saving a Part for the First Time. To save a document for subsequent saves, see Saving a Part After Modifications

This section discusses the following topics:

Saving the Components of an Assembly

When you save an sssembly, SmarTeam - CATIA Integration automatically saves the components of the assembly as well:

  • If the components of the assembly are already saved into the SmarTeam database, then the Save option updates the Profile Cards for all the components to reflect any modifications that were made to the components as well as the hierarchical link between the assembly and its components.

  • If the components of the assembly are new and have not yet been saved to the SmarTeam database, then each of these components will be saved to SmarTeam one by one.

  1. A Profile Card for each component is displayed. Fill in the Profile Cards, and click OK.
    After each component is saved, a Profile Card for the assembly is displayed.

  2. Fill in the Profile Card.

  3. Click OK.

Using the Batch Mode

SmarTeam enables you to save the components of an assembly without displaying each Profile Card. This can save you a great deal of time. There are two methods for batch saving components:

  1. Select SmarTeam > Batch Mode Save.

  2. Save the assembly using the Save or Save As option.
    SmarTeam saves all the components but does not display a Profile Card for each one.


  1. Select SmarTeam  > Save As.

  2. In the Save As window, click the Options tab to display the Save Option dialog box.

  3. In the Save tab, check the checkboxes.

  4. Click OK.


Document Content Exposure

When you save CATProduct documents, the associated internal components are by default exposed in the database:

However, you can expose only the documents and their links as shown below:

Only the administrator can make the necessary modifications using the System Configuration tool. For more information, see the SmarTeam documentation.