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A python module to access the CATIA Measurable object.

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pycatia currently only contains access to the CATIA API Measurable object and it's methods without the need of visual basic / CATScripts. pycatia also provides easy to use python methods to loop through a product and it's children.

Some of the methods can be accessed simply using the pywin32 module but further access to methods such as GetCOG do not seem to be accessible using pure python. There are several questions on stack overflow and the pywin32 mailing list regarding this. But, they fail to provide any working examples with the VB Measurable object in python.

pycatia accesses these methods by running VBA scripts using the Dispatch('CATIA.Application').SystemService.Evaluate() function where required and passing a small public function to it. Otherwise, pycatia uses the VB method directly but exposes it within the same python class.

This has currently only been tested in CATIA V5 R21.


  • python >= 3.6
  • CATIA V5/V6
  • see requirements.txt


with pip

.. code-block::

    pip install pycatia

with git

Clone the master branch from github into your working folder.

.. code-block::

git clone

download zip


Download and unpack the  master_branch.zip_


This example shows how to get the first point in the geometrical set 'Points'.

.. code-block::

    # initial set-up to get access to the CATIA COM objects.
    import pycatia
    catia = pycatia.CATIAApplication()
    document = pycatia.Document(catia.catia)
    part = pycatia.Part(document.document)
    spa_workbench = pycatia.create_spa_workbench(document.document)

    # find the geometrical set by name called 'Points'
    hybrid_body = part.get_hybrid_body_by_name('Points')

    # get the first point in the geometrical set.
    point1 = hybrid_body.HybridShapes.Item(1)

    # create the reference and measurable objects
    point1_reference = pycatia.create_reference(part.part, point1)
    point1_measurable = pycatia.create_measurable(spa_workbench, point1_reference)

    # create the catia measurable object
    measurable = pycatia.CATIAMeasurable(point1_measurable)

    # run the get_point() method from CATIAMeasurable.
    point_coordinate = measurable.get_point()
    # point_coordinate is a tuple representing it's x, y, z values.
    >>> (0.0, 8.0, -4.0)
    # print x
    >>> 0,0

For a complete list of methods available on a measurable object see
the class CATIAMeasurable in ``.


Documentation: pycatia.readthedocs.io_.

Releases: pycatia @ pypi.org_


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.. _example_5:
.. _example_6:

1. Open the file catia_measurable.CATPart from the folder tests.
2. Run the example scripts.


   Shows how to access the CATIA COM object with a .CATPart open and
   get the center of gravity for the part body 'PartBody'.


   Shows how to get all the points in the geometrical set 'Points' and
   get the co-ordinate.


   Shows how to search for all points in the document and return the


   Shows how to loop through a product and determine whether child is
   a CATProduct or CATPart.


   Shows how to parse and csv file and create points in a CATIA part.


   Examples of how to open, save as and close a CATIA file.

Running The Tests
* Run the command: `py.test -v --cov-report term-missing --cov=pycatia tests/`

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