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CATIA V5 (Dassault) >> CATIA V4 (T-Systems)

The following settings are recommended up to CATIA V5R24 (V5-6R2014) (Dassault) and CATIA V4.2.5 with COM/STEP 4.3.1.0.

CATIA V5 (Dassault) – System

  • Model should be cleaned of all unlinked information
  • Delete unused elements from the NOSHOW area.

CATIA V5 (Dassault) - STEP Preprocessor

  • Recommended settings in the STEP export options (Tools -> Options...-> Compatibility…-> STEP) :
  • Choose the respective Application Protocol (AP): AP203, AP242 or AP214 (recommended).
  • When exporting assemblies choose One Step File, because CC6 (External references) is not supported from all STEP processors.
  • Do not export the NO SHOW area (set Export all entities: off).
  • Optionally define the Header of STEP file.
  • Validation properties are supported.
  • If export a CATProduct:
  • The option "work with cache system" has to be switched off (Tools -> Options -> Infrastructure -> Cache Management)
  • The root node has to be selected, otherwise only the node of the CATPart will be exported

STEP File

  • An adjustment of the STEP file extension is not necessary.

CATIA V4 (T-Systems) - STEP Postprocessor

  • The COM/STEP STEP processor can be used in batch, interactive and java mode. The following descriptions refer to the Java GUI.
  • Menu CATIA: 
    • Set dimension of CATIA model to required values.
    • INDEX and DATA size should always be set to generous values (50000, 200000, or rather (100000, 200000).
  • Menu Conversion:
    • Represent face identifier: NO
    • Supporting surface of face into: NOSHOW
  • The import log file gives further information.

CATIA V4 (T-Systems) – System

  • Each component of an imported assembly is located in a separate workspace.
  • The master workspace shows the whole assembly.
  • To remove the text added to the model use: TEXT -> ERASE -> *FAC+*SUR etc.
  • Shaded view is helpful for a first impression of model quality.
  • With IDENTIFY look for received SOL, VOL or SKI.
  • Use CATCLN.

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