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Ribbon Cables - Creating Flexible Routes

You can create flexible ribbon cable routes.

To create a flexible ribbon cable route:

  1. Insert the first ribbon cable connector into the assembly.

    The following happens:
    • A 3D sketch opens in a new route subassembly.
    • The Auto Route PropertyManager opens.
    • The new route subassembly is created, and appears in the FeatureManager design tree as [Ribbon cablen-assembly_name] .
    • A stub of ribbon cable appears, extending from the connector you just placed.

    Before inserting the connector, clear the Save route assembly externally Routing Option to create a virtual subassembly. See SolidWorks Routing Help: Routing Options.

  2. Insert the second ribbon cable connector, and, optionally, ribbon cable clips.
  3. In the Auto Route PropertyManager, under Routing Mode, select Auto-Route.
  4. Under Auto Route, select Flexible.
  5. Define the path of the cable:
    1. Select the point at the end of the route stub on the first connector.
    2. Optionally, sketch lines and select axes of clips to route through.
    3. Select the point at the end of the route stub on the second connector.

    The software creates a route between the two connectors.

  6. To modify the twists in the cable, select Edit (drag) under Auto Route, and then drag the construction lines on the spline.

  7. Click .

    The 3D sketch closes. The following appear in the FeatureManager design tree of the route sub-assembly:
    • Components folder containing the connector and clip parts you placed in the route.
    • Route Parts folder containing the cable that was created as a virtual component when you exited the sketch.
    • Route feature containing the 3D sketch that defines the path of the cable.
    To edit an existing route, right-click it and select Edit Route.

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