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Catalog Parts

User Interface

A Centro catalog part is a container that can hold resources (CAD files, images, support documents) and data docs (CAD properties).

Catalog parts are created using the CAD to Catalog action in a pipeline or with the Create Catalog Part feature.

Managing Catalog Parts

Assembly Tree

The assembly tree panel allows the user to quickly navigate to different parts and sub assemblies while maintaining a view how parts are related in the assembly.

  1. Click on a part or sub assembly to view that catalog part.


Hover the mouse over a part or sub assembly to get a quick thumbnail view. Use this to get a visual indication of the part to dive deeper.

  1. Click on the arrow to collapse or expand the assembly tree panel.

The resources tab lists all files contained within the catalog part. Centro 7 automatically determines the type of file based on the file extension.

Add a Resource Manually

To add a new resource manually,

  1. Click on Add Resources.
  2. Browse and select the files to upload.
  3. Click Add More to upload additional files or click Add to upload the current list of files.
    The status icon indicates if files have been successfully uploaded. 
CAD Operations

A Centro-CAD type resource allows the following additional operations


Select to delete the resource.

Generate with upload on Part

Select to generate derivative resources to be uploaded into Centro.

Generate Thumbnail

Select to create a thumbnail from the CAD file.

Generate SpinFire ACT3D

Select to generate a SpinFire Ultimate ACT3D file viewable in SpinFire Ultimate..

See SpinFire

Generate SpinFire Web

Select to generate a file from the CAD file to view in SpinFire Web.

See SpinFire Web


Select to convert the CAD file to another CAD file format.

See Generate CAD2CAD

Generate for direct download

Select to generate derivative resources to be downloaded immediately.

See Generate and Download.

Edit Cascading Updates options

Select to set options to generate files for Cascading Updates.

See Cascading Updates.

Read CAD Attributes

Reads the attributes (such as meta data) from the CAD file and displays it on the CAD tab. 

Read Physical Properties

Reads the physical peroperties (volume, surface area, minimum bounding box, and center of mass) from the CAD file and displays it on the CAD tab. 

Add to 3D Search Index (only appears for 3D CAD files)

Select to add the CAD file to the 3D search index.

Find similar shapes (appears once added to 3D search index)

Select to find similar shapes based on 3D geometry using Centro 3D Search. See Centro 3D Search.

Find duplicate shapes (appears once added to 3D search index)

Select to find duplicate shapes based on 3D geometry using Centro 3D Search. See Centro 3D Search.

Manage Permissions

Select to manager the read, write, and modify permissions on the resource. See Resource Permissions.

Edit Resource

Select to edit the resource name.

Download Assembly

Select Download Assembly to download all the CAD files associated with the assembly rather than downloading them one at a time.


Select Download to obtain a local copy of the resource file.


BOM Manager

Select to load and compare the CAD file in the BOM Manager.

See BOM Manager

Recover a resource
  1. Expand the Recycle bin.
  2. Click Restore resource.
Prevent overwriting a resource
  • Prevent changes to your resources from being overwritten using Centro Control.

The DataDocs tab shows additional data associated with the catalog part. This data can be added via a pipeline action or manually.

To add DataDoc information manually:

  1. Click on Add DataDoc.
  2. Enter a name and click OK.
  3. Enter key and value information to be stored in the DataDoc.

The CAD tab lists information obtained by Centro from the original CAD file.

CAD Attributes are captured from the CAD to Catalog pipeline action when Read CAD attributes is checked.

Physical Properties are captured from the PhysProps to Catalog pipeline action.


The images tab conveniently lists all the image resources. Download images and select one to represent the catalog part as the chosen thumbnail.


The Links tab contains user defined hyperlinks to share information and to further collaboration.

Assembly Revisions

The Assembly Revisions tab enables you to label a snapshot in time of an assembly and all its parts. Use this tab to view the list of revisions. See Assembly Revisions.


The properties tab shows naming, creation, and accessibility information about the catalog part.

Catalog Part name

The Catalog Part name

Catalog ID

The unique Catalog ID used as a database key.

Primary Resource

The resource name that is the primary resource

Source file name

The source file associated with the catalog part. If the catalog part was created through a pipeline this is typically the CAD file being processed.


Lists the the accessibility level of the current viewing user.


Lists the projects the catalog part is associated with.


Lists the Catalog Part tags.


No if the assembly consists of multiple files. Yes if the assembly one file.

Default Configuration

Indicates if the default configuration is used.


Indicates the configurations used.

Delete Catalog Part

Permanently delete .a catalog part. See Deleting Catalog Parts.


The Activity tab documents changes and actions performed on the Catalog part. See Catalog Part Activity for more information.

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