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Centro CAD Publisher

The Centro CAD Publisher package allows an organization to convert CAD files to

  • SpinFire Ultimate files (.ACT3D)
  • Image files (.PNG)
  • Another CAD format (.PDF, .HSF, .PRC,. JT, .SAT, .SAB, .IGES, .x_t,. STEP, .STL, .U3D, .VRML)

Centro Pipelines

A pipeline must contain at least one TRIGGER and one ACTION. A job is processed sequentially from one action to the next until complete.

Creating a Pipeline

Use the Create New button to start creating a pipeline.

Drag-and-drop a trigger and appropriate actions filling out the fields to build your pipeline.

See Tutorial: Create a Pipeline and Pipeline Editor for more information.

Simple Pipeline Example - Convert to ACT3D

This example pipeline watches a folder on the Centro server and converts them to an ACT3D file.

To create this pipeline,

  1. From the Pipeline Manager, click Create New.
  2. On the Pipeline Configuration dialog window,
    1. Enter a unique pipeline name.
    2. Add a description (optional).
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. Drag and drop the Directory Watcher trigger into the trigger area.
  5. On the Directory Watcher configuration dialog window,
    1. Enter a Trigger name.
    2. Enter the Watched Directory.
    3. Enter the extension or select the types of files to convert. 
      In this example, our assembly is made up of Catia v5 files, so we'll select Catia v5.
    4. Check Watch sub-directories,if you want Centro to traverse down all branches below the watched folder.
    5. Check Add existing files if the files to process already exist in the folder(s).
    6. Click Save changes.
  6. Drag and drop the CAD to SpinFire action into the Actions area.
  7. On the CAD to SpinFire configuration dialog window,
    1. Enter an Action name.
    2. Use the dw_changed_file dynamic property for the CAD filepath.
    3. Enter the Target filepath. In this example, I want the ACT3D files to be saved in the same folder that they were found. I'll use the dynamic property, dw_changed_dir, in combination with the filename dynamic property, dw_filename_extension, an add the .ACT3D extension.

    4. Click Save Changes.
  8. Click Deploy.
  9. Click Done.
  10. Find the pipeline in the Pipeline Manager.
  11. Click the Start Pipeline button.


Four triggers are available for use in your pipelines.

Directory WatcherWatches a specified folder (and sub folder if desired) for new or changed files.
Polling Directory WatcherWatches a specified network folder (and sub folder if desired) for new or changed files.
Schedule TimerSchedule Centro to start a pipeline on a regular interval starting at a given date/time.
Timed TriggerStart a pipeline after a specified

See Job Allocation Triggers for more information.


Six pipeline actions exist in the CAD Publisher package to help convert your CAD files.


CAD2CAD Conversion 

Converts a CAD file to one or more CAD formats.
CAD to PNG imageConverts a CAD file to an image file.
CAD to SpinFireConverts a CAD file to a SpinFIre Ultimate file.
Copy FileCopies a file from one location to another.
Move FileMoves a file from one location to another.
Unzip FileExtracts files from a specified zip file.

See Job Actions for more information.


Centro Server 

  • OS: 
    • Win10 64-bit, 
    • Win Server 2012 R2 64-bit, 
    • Win Server 2012 64-bit, 
    • Win Server 2016 64-bit, or
    • Win Server 2019 64-bit
  • Memory: 16GB or more
  • Disk Space: 80GB or more 

Database Server

  • Windows OS: 
    • Win10 64-bit
    • 20012 R2 64-bit
    • Win Server 2012 64-bit
    • Win Server 2016 64-bit
    • Win Server 2019 64-bit
  • Linux OS: 
    • Ubuntu v12.04/v14.10/v15.04
    • Debain v7.0 or v8.0
    • CentOS 7
    • See the Arango site for additional Linux Versions supported: 
    • Preferred Version
    • Requires registration to get download link
  • Memory: 16GB or more
  • Disk Space: 80GB or more
  • See the ArangoDB Compatibility Chart
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