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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - Exercise #04

This exercise allows you to prepare the assemblies to route the cables and the wires in the 3D layout. It is based on the previous one, if you did not complete the Exercise #03, you can download the electrical project file. Unarchive it in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.


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Handling the Cabinet

Handling the Pump Unit

Defining the origin and destination of the cables

Creating routing paths


Handling the cabinet


Before to route cables and wires, it is necessary to modify the existing assemblies. In the Cabinet assembly, you must add the cable glands and the routing paths, in the Pump unit, you must add the routing paths, and define the origin and the destination for the cables.


1. Open the Cabinet assembly.

2. Add the three cable glands on the bottom of the cabinet (a 20 cable gland in the center and a 14 cable gland on both side) using the Insert Components of the Assembly menu.

The cable gland files are available on the data folder of SOLIDWORKS Electrical: ...\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS Electrical\SOLIDWORKS\sldPrt



Handling the Pump Unit


1. Open the Pump Unit assembly.

2. Insert the EW_PUMP_TANK_PANEL_SUPPORT.SLDASM file, stored in the project folder (...\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS Electrical\Projects\XX\PUMP), using the Insert Components command of the Assembly menu.

3. Associate B1 to the first sensor, B2 to the second sensor and PU1 to the motor of the pump.


The Associate command is available in the contextual menu of the component in the left dockable panel.


4. Insert the Cabinet and manage the reference mates.



Defining the origin and the destination of the cables

The electrical project has 3 cables:

W1 running from the 1st cable gland to the sensor B1.

W2 running from the 2nd cable gland to the sensor B2.

W3 running from the 3rd cable gland to the pump motor.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D menu: Set Origin / Destination of cables


In the left-hand dockable panel, click on the icon to select the cable. In the cable selection dialog box, select the W1 cable and click on the Select button.

The lower part of the dockable panel displays the list of components connected to the cable. This information comes from the electrical project database (the content of electrical schemes).

To zoom on a component, double-click on it in the list.

Select the origins and destinations for the cable in the graphical area.

- Sensor B1

- 14 cable gland

Click on the green checkmark to validate.

Repeat this operation for cables W2 and W3.



Creating routing paths

The ducts contain specific line recognized as a routing path.


1. In the Cabinet assembly, add the routing path as the following model.

2. Create a 3D sketch on a plane parallel to the door but offset by 33mm (distance between the component connection point and the inner surface of the door)

3. Plot the lines as shown on the model.

4. Convert the 3D sketch to the routing path.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D menu: Define routing path



5. In the Pump Unit assembly, create the routing path for the cables.





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