Before you can open CAD models that contain multiple part files, you must package the entire assembly structure into a .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, or .gz file. The packaged file’s name must match the name used for the top-level assembly file (root node).
- .asm, .CATProduct, and .sldasm are all examples of assembly files.
- .jt can either be an assembly or a single monolithic file. If it’s an assembly, you must package it into a single file.
- If your part files currently do not exist in one location, do the following:
- Create a new folder.
- From the CAD tool that you’re using (Catia, for example), save your assembly data and all of its assembly references to the new folder that you created.
- Open the folder that contains your assembly’s folders and files.
- Select all of the folders and files under the container folder, and package them using your preferred compression method.
For example, to package a shattered assembly into a .zip file on Windows, right-click the three selected files, select Send to, and choose Compressed (zipped) folder.
- Your resulting file might be called Archive.zip (or .gz, .gz.tar, or .tar). Rename it to match the full name of the top-level assembly file, leaving the archive extension in place. You can then move it to wherever you want, and import it into Vertex.
Example: The top-level assembly file is Product1.CATProduct. When you package the entire assembly, rename the resulting Archive.zip file to Product1.CATProduct.zip.