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Wire properties

Wire contextual menu: Wire properties


Opens the wire properties dialog box, letting you edit information specific to the wire.


This data comes from the equipotential properties the wire belongs to, which is generated by the wire style properties.

If you modify the wire style or equipotential properties, these will automatically be passed on to the wire properties.

Modifying the mark and/or properties of the wire only affects the wire the command was used on.


The wire mark is calculated automatically by the wire numbering or entered manually via the wire mark editor.

Mode: If you select the Automatic mode, the mark is automatically calculated according to the configuration settings. If you select Manual mode, you must enter the mark manually in the Mark setting.

Mark: Displays the automatic mark or is used to enter the manual mark.


Diameter (mm): Lets you enter the diameter of the wire.

Section or gauge: Lets you enter the section of the wire.

Wire size standard: Allows you to select the standard used in the electrical project.

Color: Allows you to select the real color of the wire. This color will be used in the 3D routing.

Bend radius factor: Enter the value of the bend radius factor. Generally, the manufacturer provides this value. It is used to calculate the bend radius.

Bend radius (bend radius factor X Diameter): This value is automatically calculated using the bend radius factor and the diameter. You can change it if necessary. This value is used for the cable 3D routing.

Linear mass: Allows you to specify a linear weight (density) for wires with different units (kg/km, g/m...) to distribute the weight of wire all along his length. This is used in particular to calculate the center of gravity of 3D assembly.

Signal: Lets you enter the signal conveyed by the wire.


Path: Displays the name of the ducts in which, the wire is routed.

Conditions to be able to get the duct path are:

- One separated component has to be created for each duct.

- The duct part must contain a EW_PATH axis (or sketch) when the wire is following this axis, the duct should be listed in the wire duct path.

- Segregation is not required for this, it just helps to make sure wire goes through the desired path.

- The wire duct path is calculated with the menu command Calculate cable duct filling ratio. It is not updated during the routing process

Harness: Click the button [...] to add the wire to a harness.

Length (mm): You can enter the wire length. This value is automatically updated when the wire is routed within the 3D layout.

Associated data

Wire style: Displays the wire style.

Equipotential: Indicates the equipotential number associated with this wire.

Cabling order: Displays the wire cabling order line number.

Origin: Displays the mark of the component connected to the wire (origin).

Destination: Displays the mark of the component connected to the wire (destination).

Cable core: If the wire is associated with a cable core, this field indicates the cable mark and the cable core mark. If this wire represents a bridge, the icon is changed, representing the bridge.

User data

The user data fields can be used to enter all information you would like to manage regarding the equipotential.


The Customize... button gives access to user data management.

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