Using Tools for Building Assemblies
||Building assemblies can be very time-consuming,
since much of your time is spent in searching for existing components and
placing them in Assemblies. SmarTeam - CATIA Integration provides the
tools to assist you in building your assemblies:
- Find: Use SmarTeam Find
locate parts and products.
- Copy File: As you build your assembly, you can copy
parts/products to your desktop to view how they fit together with the
- Light Weight Mode: From V5R17 onwards, when loading a
CATProduct document into your CATIA session, it is possible to restrict
the number of associated CATPart documents to be extracted from the
vault. You can
extract only the CATPart documents you need, which
optimizes performance and ensures that there are no broken links in
the CATIA session: pointed documents are known even if they are not in
the working directory. This new behavior is made possible thanks to
the SmarTeam Light Weight Mode option that allows you to extract
CATPart documents in CGR (CATIA
Graphical Representation) format from the vault. This extraction type
is to be used in visualization mode. Documents you need to load in the
CATIA session, i.e. when switching to design mode, will be automatically
extracted from the vault.
To know more
about the Light Weight Mode, see
Defining the Light Weight Mode for CATPart
Documents and Administration Tasks -
- When you wish to insert an existing part or product as a component
of the current product, use
SmarTeam inserts the component into the current product. When you save
the assembly, the components are saved as children of the assembly. In
this way, SmarTeam accurately reflects the structure of your assembly.
- When you wish to replace an existing part or product or a component
of the current product, use
SmarTeam replaces the selected component with a SmarTeam part or
product. When you save the new assembly, the previously selected
components are saved as children of the assembly. In this way, SmarTeam
accurately reflects the structure of your assembly.
Selected Revision to replace the current
revision of a document with another, of your choosing.
Depending on the context,
Replace with Selected Revision can be available for modified documents.
Be aware that the revision is replaced at all tree
Replace with Selected Revision is
available from contextual menus.
- Save: If you created new
parts as components of the assembly, SmarTeam will save each of these
parts/products into the SmarTeam database when you save the assembly. A
Profile Card for each document is displayed. After these components are
saved, the Profile Card for the product is displayed. In this manner,
you can save the product and its components.
- Batch Mode Save: SmarTeam
provides you with a batch method for saving assemblies. The
Batch Mode Save does not display a Profile Card during a
SmarTeam Save operation. Instead, each component is saved in the
SmarTeam database with a unique ID number. At a later time, you can
open a Profile Card for a component and enter information in the
- In addition, SmarTeam enables you to locate all the parents of any
document using Where Used.