With SolidWorks Routing, you can create a special type of sub-assembly
that builds a path of pipes, tubes, or electrical cables between components.
To activate SolidWorks Routing:
A route sub-assembly is always
a component of a top-level assembly. When you insert certain components
into an assembly, a route sub-assembly is created automatically. Unlike
other types of sub-assemblies, you do not
create a route assembly in its own window and then insert it as a component
in the higher-level assembly.
You model the route by creating
a 3D sketch
of the centerline of the route path. The software generates the pipe,
tube, or cable along the centerline.
The software makes extensive
use of design tables to create and modify the configurations of route
components. The configurations are distinguished by different dimensions
and properties. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts, see Design Tables.
See the following sections for more information: