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Starting Route When Connectors are Main Assembly Components

  1. In Routing Options, make sure Automatically route on drop of flanges/connectors is not 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 connectors are inserted as components of the main assembly. The Route Properties PropertyManager appears.

  3. Right-click the connection point on the connector where you want the route to start, and select Start Route. (To make the connection points visible, click View Routing Points Tool_ViewRoutingPoints_View.gif (View toolbar) or View > Routing Points.
  4. To start a route from a component that does not have a connection point, click Start at Point Tool_StartAtPoint_Electrical.gif (Electrical toolbar). The PropertyManager appears so you can create a connection point.
  5. 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.

  6. Set options in the Auto Route PropertyManager, then click PM_OK.gif.
  7. 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.

  8. 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, splines and fillets using 3D sketch tools.

  9. To assign electrical attributes to the route segments:
    1. Click Edit Wires tool_EditWires_Electrical.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.
  10. Exit the sketch.
  11. If you clear Save route assembly externally in Routing Options, the new route subassembly is created as a virtual component.

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