An action in Centro 7 performs a specific task. Actions are building blocks used to create a pipeline.


Centro Catalog

Resource to Catalog

Upload a resource to a Catalog part.
Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Resource file path

The file path and file name of the file to upload to the Catalog.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Resource NameSpecify a name for the resource.
 
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Add to CategoryThe category only applies to new resources.
Add Tags to ResourceEnter tags that will be automatically added to new resources.
Add Tags based on dynamic propertiesCreate a tag to new resources based on dynamic properties.
Use as thumbnail

Use the uploaded image as the part's thumbnail in Catalog.

This will be ignored if the file is not a valid image format (e.g. JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc).

Use as Primary ResourceMark this Resource as the Primary Resource of the Catalog Part.
Remove file after uploadSelect to delete the file after uploading to the Catalog.
Select a LocationThe location to upload the resource files.
Enter API details manuallyRather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter the information based on the URI.

Tip

Use this action after any of the following actions to upload files to the Catalog:

  • CAD Conversion
  • Convert to PNG image

Use this to also upload files found on the server's file system.

CAD to Catalog

Create a Catalog part named from a CAD file name.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
CAD File path

The file path and file name of the CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Use Catalog ID prefixCheck to add text to the front of the Catalog ID as a prefix..
Catalog ID prefix

Specify the text to use as a prefix.

See Catalog ID Prefix.

Use regular expression to extract Catalog IDUse this option to extract part of the filename to use instead of the whole filename
Catalog ID Regular Expression

One can also use a "regular expression" to extract pieces from a filename to be used.

See Catalog ID Prefix.

Other Options
Read shallow assembly only

Choose to process into an assembly only one level deep.

This is recommended if the other subassembly or part files are going to be processed anyway.

Read CAD attributesRead the additional attributes within the CAD file to store in the Catalog.
Resource name

The name of the CAD resource in the catalog.

Use dynamic properties to append to the resource name.

(Standard) ProjectsSelect a project to associate with the CAD file.
(Dynamic property based) Projects

Use dynamic properties to select a project.

Note: The project must already exist.


CAD File to 3D Search Index

Allow the 3D CAD model to be searchable by 3D geometry using the Centro 3D Search.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Resource filepath

The file path and file name of the CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Part keyThe database key to the catalog part.
Resource keyThe database key of the resource file.
Select a LocationThe location of 3D search database.
Enter API details manually

Rather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter

the information based on the URI.

Data to Catalog

Add delimited data for populating resources and sunburst charts.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Data File path

The data file path and name to be uploaded to the Catalog.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Data FormatSelect Comma-separated, Tab-separated, Excel Spreadsheet, or other.
Part IdentifyingSpecify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Column Name/IndexEnter the column name or index (0 based)
Part NamingSelect the column containing the part name.
Column Name/IndexEnter the column name or index (0 based)
The name of the DataDocEnter a name for the properties document.
Make the DataDoc read-onlyIf read-only, the DataDoc will not be editable in Catalog.
Add missing CatalogPartsIf a part matching the Part Number is not found, creates a new part.
Data columns to Include in the documentList of names of the data columns to include i the document separated by a semicolon.
Data columns to exclude from the documentList of names of the data columns to exclude i the document separated by a semicolon.
Updating an existing DataDocSelect updating values or replacing the entire document when one already exists.


Extract BOM

This action extracts the part names and quantities in a csv format. See Extract BOM from CAD Files.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.

 

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

 

Output filename

Specify the file path and name to output.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Existing file handlingChoose what action to take if a file of the same name already exists in the specified location.



Extract PMI

If the native CAD file contains PMI/GD&T information, this action extracts it in a csv format.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Input filename

The file path and file name of the CAD file.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Output filename

Specify the file path and name to output.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Existing file handlingChoose what action to take if a file of the same name already exists in the specified location.

Generate Catalog Part

Create an empty Catalog part.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Catalog ID

Enter a unique ID used by the Catalog.

For multiple pipeline runs it's best to use dynamic properties.

Part Name

Enter a name to use as the Catalog part.

For multiple pipeline runs it's best to use dynamic properties.

ProjectsSelect a project to associate with the CAD file.

PhysProps to Catalog

Calculate volume, surface area, bounding box, and center of mass data, and upload to the Catalog.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
CAD Filepath

Specify the path and name of the native CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Resource nameSpecify a name for the resource.
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.


Populate DataDoc

Populate the a Catalog Part's DataDoc. 

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Name of DataDocName of the DataDoc resource.
Type of DataDocEnter the type of DataDoc to populate.


CADAttributes to DataDoc

Add the CAD attributes to a DataDoc and store it in the Catalog.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

CAD Resource NameSpecify a name for the resource.
 
Name of DataDoc

Specify a name for the DataDoc.


Type of DataDoc

Specify DataDoc properties and values.

Use the auto-populate option to add specific names and values. 



PhysProps to DataDoc

Create DataDocs from the CAD Physical Properties.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Catalog ID

Specify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

CAD Resource NameSpecify a name for the resource.
Name of DataDocName of the DataDoc resource.
Type of DataDocEnter the type of DataDoc to populate.

CAD Conversion

CAD2CAD Conversion

Convert a supported 3D CAD format to a new 3D format. See CAD2CAD Export Options.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Input file name

The file path and file name of the CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Default output directory

Specify the directory where the converted files are to be saved.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Default output file name

Specify the file name of the converted file without the extension.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Importer OptionsChoose a predefined importer options set defined in the Admin Area for reading CAD files.
Existing file handling

Choose what action to take if a file of the same name already exists in the specified location.

Choose Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing.

Output formats

Select one or more output formats (PDF, HSF, PRC, JT, SAT, SAB, IGES, X_T, STEP, STL, or U3D).

Custom output file path

Enter a destination file path to override the default output directory field.

Use dynamic properties to append to the resource name.

Add to CatalogUpload the generated resource to the catalog.
Resource Name TemplateThe resource name to use for uploaded files to the Catalog part. (Extension will be appended, e.g. "CAD file - STL".)
Catalog IDSpecify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Set the Category nameCreate a new category to file the output file to.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Select from a listSelect from the list of pre-configured categories in the Admin area.
Add Tags to ResourceEnter tags that will be automatically added to new resources.
Add Tags based on dynamic propertiesCreate a tag to new resources based on dynamic properties.
Remove file after uploadDelete the local copy of the generated file after it has been uploaded to the catalog.
Select a LocationThe location to upload the resource files.
Enter API details manuallyRather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter the information based on the URI.

CAD to PNG image

Convert a CAD file to a PNG image file.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Input filename

Specify the file path and name of the file to be converted.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Output filename

Specify the file path and name of the converted file.

 Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Existing file handlingSelect Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.
Camera Standard ViewSets the camera for image export ot be a preset camera view.
Background colorBackground color to be used for images.
Image resolutionResolution to be used when producing image (default is 640x480).
Transparent backgroundTransparent background.
Image Autofit CameraPerforms an exact fit prior to image generation.
Camera DefaultSets the camera for image export to be the default view stored in the CAD file.
Use custom converterCheck this box to specify a custom locatio nfor the CAD converter executable.
Add to CatalogUpload the generated resource to the catalog.
Resource Name TemplateThe resource name to use for uploaded files to the Catalog part. (Extension will be appended, e.g. "CAD file - STL".)
Catalog IDSpecify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Set the Category nameCreate a new category to file the output file to.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Select from a listSelect from the list of pre-configured categories in the Admin area.
Add Tags to ResourceEnter tags that will be automatically added to new resources.
Add Tags based on dynamic propertiesCreate a tag to new resources based on dynamic properties.
Remove file after uploadDelete the local copy of the generated file after it has been uploaded to the catalog.
Select a LocationThe location to upload the resource files.
Enter API details manuallyRather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter the information based on the URI.


CAD to SpinFire

Convert a native CAD file to an .ACT3D file.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
CAD filepath

Specify the path and name of the native CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Background colorSelect the background color for the ACT3D file.
Target file path

Specify the path and file name of the converted .ACT3D file. Leave the field blank to assign the same file name as the source in the same location.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Importer OptionsChoose from predefined SpinFire Importer Options.
Include BRepWhether to include BRep model in the ACT3D file.
Save as Shattered AssemblySave as a SHATTERED.ACT3D SpinFire Resource.
Include 3D PreviewWhether to include a 3D preview in the ACT3D file.
Use tessellation compressionWhether to use tessellation compression.
Add to CatalogUpload the generated resource to the catalog.
Resource Name TemplateThe resource name to use for uploaded files to the Catalog part. (Extension will be appended, e.g. "CAD file - STL".)
Catalog IDSpecify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Set the Category nameCreate a new category to file the output file to.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Select from a listSelect from the list of pre-configured categories in the Admin area.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Add Tags to ResourceEnter tags that will be automatically added to new resources.
Add Tags based on dynamic propertiesCreate a tag to new resources based on dynamic properties.
Remove file after uploadDelete the local copy of the generated file after it has been uploaded to the catalog.
Select a LocationThe location to upload the resource files.
Enter API details manuallyRather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter the information based on the URI.
Existing file handlingSelect Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.


CAD to SpinFire Web

Convert a CAD file to a .scs file. 

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Input filename

The file path and file name of the CAD file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.

Output filenameSpecify the file path and name to output.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.  
Disable MeasurementsIgnore measurement data when converting the model to SpinFire Web.
Ignore Views and PMIWhen checked, CAD Views and PMI data will be omitted from the SpinFire Web model.
Existing file handlingSelect Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.
Add to CatalogUpload the generated resource to the catalog.
Resource Name TemplateThe resource name to use for uploaded files to the Catalog part. (Extension will be appended, e.g. "CAD file - STL".)
Catalog IDSpecify the Catalog ID in the Catalog.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Set the Category nameCreate a new category to file the output file to.
Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes.
Select from a listSelect from the list of pre-configured categories in the Admin area.
Add to CategoryFor a new resource, select a specific Catalog part resource category to place the converted file.
Add Tags to ResourceEnter tags that will be automatically added to new resources.
Add Tags based on dynamic propertiesCreate a tag to new resources based on dynamic properties.
Remove file after uploadDelete the local copy of the generated file after it has been uploaded to the catalog.
Create Model MapCreate a model map to show as SpinFire Web file details.
Select a LocationThe location to upload the resource files.
Enter API details manuallyRather than selecting a location from the list, manually enter the information based on the URI.


File Operations

Copy File

Copy a file in the file system.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Source filepath

Specify the file path and name of the file to be copied.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Destination filepath

Specify the file path and name of the file copy.

 Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Existing file handlingSelect Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.


Move File

Move a file in the file system.

Fields

Action name

Enter a name for the action.

Source filepath

Specify the file path and name of the file to be moved.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Destination filepath

Specify the file path and name to move the file.

Use dynamic properties to acquire queued file attributes. 

Existing file handling

Select Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.


Unzip File

Unzip zip and tar files.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Source zip file

Specify the file path and name of the file to unzip.

Destination directorySpecify the folder to unzip files.
Existing file handlingSelect Overwrite, Create a new version, or Do nothing if the file name already exists.
Other

If Control

Set up a conditional branch in the pipeline.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Item for comparison

Specify the item to compare.

Comparison method

Select the type of conditional operator to use (Equals, Does not Equal, Contains, Does not Contain, Less than, Greater than).

Comparison expressionSpecify the value with which to compare the item.
Case InsensitiveWhen checked, ignore case for comparison.

Recommendation

Control actions can be nested; however, it is not recommended nesting more than two levels deep.


Run Process

Run an executable process outside of Centro.

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Process pathSpecify the path and process name to execute.
Process ArgumentsEnter any parameters the process requires.


 

Send an email

Send an e-mail notification to a specific user(s).

Send an Email
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Sender Display Name

Enter the name displayed in the email sender list.

Recipient Email AddressEnter a valid e-mail address to whom the notification is sent.
SubjectEnter a subject for the e-mail.
MessageEnter the message to send.
Email ServerSelect Centro configured email server or user defined.
Sender Email AddressEnter a valid email address from whom the notification is sent.
PasswordEnter the password for the sender's e-mail address.
SMTPSelect the type of SMTP server.


Test Action

Use this action as a filler to test deployment.

 

Fields
Action nameEnter a name for the action.
Delay amount

Specify a delay in seconds.

Log Message

Enter a message to log.

Duplicate Pipeline Action

Copy a pipeline action in a pipeline using the Duplicate button.

To duplicate a pipeline action

  1. Edit a pipeline.
  2. Find the action to duplicate.
  3. Click Duplicate.
  4. Adjust the name of the new action.
  5. Adjust options of the new action.
  6. Click Save changes.
  7. Move the action to the appropriate location in the pipeline sequence if necessary.