Reusing an Electrical Route

You can reuse an existing harness in the same assembly or in other assemblies. The reused route uses the same wire definitions and connectors as the original route, but you can edit the reused route path as if it were unique.

To reuse an existing electrical route:

  1. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click an electrical assembly and select Reuse Route or Tools > Routing > Electrical > Reuse Route .
  2. Select Search all subassemblies and Browse for an existing harness assembly to open the route document.
  3. Select Maintain route segment length and click .

    The lengths of each route segment are assigned to each route segment of the reused harness and the fixed-length parameter is applied. All configurations, if any other exists, are also applied to the reused route.

    The reused harness inherits properties from the parent harness, including custom properties and part number from configuration properties. If the part number is blank in the parent, then the reused harness takes on the assembly name from the parent assembly.

    If a reused route is in the same assembly as the original route, they are grouped together in the BOM as if they are two instances of the same assembly.

    Edits do not propagate from the reused route to the parent harness. The reused route is a copy. To preserve the design intent and keep the reused route from deviating from the parent, several features are disabled. For example, you cannot add splices, connectors or assembly features to a reused route, but you can route through clips and flatten the reused harness to generate drawings.
  4. To change the design of the reused route from the parent, you can remove the link between the reused and the parent routes by following these steps:
    1. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click reused route.
    2. Click Delink Harness.

    All routing features are restored, the icon is removed, and the route is not grouped with its parent in a BOM.