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Manually Creating an Electrical Route Assembly

The following describes the procedure for manually creating an electrical route sub-assembly. You can also create an electrical route sub-assembly by importing a from-to list.

You set different options and start the route differently depending on whether you want the connectors to be components of the main assembly or the route sub-assembly. After inserting the connectors, you sketch the path between them. Optionally, you can also specify electrical attributes for each route segment.

Preparations

Select or clear the following Routing Options:

  • Automatically route on drop of flanges/connectors. Creates a new route sub-assembly and starts a route when you drop an electrical connector into an assembly. The connector becomes a component of the new route sub-assembly. Clear to insert the connector as a component of the main assembly. See Placement of Electrical Connectors.

  • Automatically route on drop of clips. Generates a spline from the current route end through a drag-and-drop clip when the clip is placed in a route. Clear to insert clips as components of the main assembly.

See General Procedure for Electrical Cables for additional preparations required before creating the route sub-assembly.

Procedure

To create the route:

  1. Start the route by doing one of the following:

    • For the connectors to be components of the route sub-assembly:

      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 dragging it from the Design Library, the File Explorer, an open part window, or Windows Explorer, or by clicking Insert Component (Assembly toolbar).

The Design Library opens to the appropriate folder when you click Start by Drag/Drop (Electrical toolbar).

The Auto Route PropertyManager appears.

    • For the connectors to be a components of the main assembly:

      1. In Routing Options, make sure Automatically route on drop of flanges/connectors is not selected.

      2. Insert connectors into the main assembly by dragging them from the Design Library, the File Explorer, an open part window, or Windows Explorer, or by clicking Insert Component (Assembly toolbar).

The connectors are inserted as components of the main assembly.

      1. 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 (View toolbar), or View, Routing Points.)

      2. Set options in the Route Properties PropertyManager, then click .

To start a route from a component that does not have a connection point, click Start at Point (Electrical toolbar). The PropertyManager appears so you can create a connection point.

The following happens:

    • A 3D sketch opens in a new route sub-assembly.

    • The new route subassembly is created, and appears in the FeatureManager design tree as [Harness<n>-<assembly_name>] .

    • A stub of cable appears, extending from the connector you just placed.

If you clear Save route assembly externally in Routing Options, the new route subassembly is created as a virtual component.

  1. Drag additional electrical connectors and routing hardware into the route sub-assembly as needed.

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

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

    • Use cable clips or other routing hardware to generate splines.

    • Sketch lines, splines, and fillets using 3D sketch tools.

  1. If you want to assign electrical attributes to the route segments:

    1. Click Edit Wires (Electrical toolbar) or Routing, Electrical, Edit Wires.

    2. Specify the wires and cables to use.

    3. Select the path for each wire or cable core.

    4. Click .

  2. Exit the sketch.

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. The 3D sketch is related parametrically to the components in the route sub-assembly. If you move a component, the cable updates automatically.

Click Edit Route (Electrical toolbar) to edit an existing electrical route.

Related Topics

General Procedure for Electrical Cables

Auto Route

Edit Wires

 



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