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Starting Route When Connectors are Route Subassembly Components

  1. In Routing Options, make sure Automatically route on drop of flanges/connectors is selected.
  2. Insert an electrical connector into the main assembly by clicking Insert Component tool_Insert_Components_Assembly.gif (Assembly toolbar) or by dragging it from the Design Library, the File Explorer, an open part window, or Windows Explorer.

    The Route Properties PropertyManager appears.

  3. Set options in the Route Properties PropertyManager, then click PM_OK.gif.

    The following happens:

    • A 3D sketch opens in a new route subassembly.
    • The new route subassembly appears in the FeatureManager design tree as [Harness<n>-<assembly_name>].
    • A stub of cable appears, extending from the connector you just placed.
    • The Auto Route PropertyManager appears.

  4. Set options in the Auto Route PropertyManager, then click PM_OK.gif.
  5. Drag additional connectors and routing hardware into the route subassembly as needed.

    As each connector is added to the route, a short line is added to the sketch (from the connector's CPoint and a length of cable is generated along the line.

  6. Sketch the path between components using any combination of the following methods:

    • Use Auto Route to generate splines.
    • Use cable clips or other routing hardware to generate splines.
    • Sketch lines OTTool_Line_Sketch.gif, splines Tool_Spline_Sketch.gif and fillets using 3D sketch tools.

  7. To assign electrical attributes to the route segments:
    1. Click Edit Wires routing_edit_wires.gif (Electrical toolbar) or Routing > Electrical > Edit Wires.
    2. Specify the wires and cables to use.
    3. Specify the path for each wire or cable core.
    4. Click PM_OK.gif.
  8. Exit the sketch.
  9. If you clear Save route assembly externally in Routing Options, the new route subassembly is created as a virtual component.
The following appear in the FeatureManager design tree of the route subassembly:
  • 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. The 3D sketch is related parametrically to the components in the route subassembly. If you move a component, the cable updates automatically.

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