Routing Options

Routing options allow you to manage routing behavior and change routing file locations.

Reset All returns all system options, not only those on the active page, to the system defaults.

General Routing Settings

Automatically route on drop of flanges/connectors Automatically creates a route subassembly and starts a route when you drop a routing component such as a flange, tube fitting, or electrical connector into an assembly.
Automatically route on drop of clips For flexible tubes and electrical cables. When you drag a clip into a route, automatically generates a spline from the current route end.
Always use default document template for routes When selected, the software automatically uses the default template specified in the Routing Template field in Routing File Locations. When cleared, you need to specify a template whenever you create a route assembly.
Automatically create sketch fillets Automatically adds fillets at intersections as you sketch. The fillet radius is based on the selected elbow part, bend radius, or maximum cable diameter. This option applies only to 3D sketches that are used as paths of routing assemblies.
Automatically add dimensions to route stubs Dimensions the length of the stubs that extend from connectors or fittings to ensure that these route segments update correctly when you move the connectors or fittings.
Automatically zoom to fit after addition of route components Automatically zooms to fit when you add route components in Electrical, Piping, and Flexible Tubing. The Zoom to Fit behavior for route components is turned off when this option is cleared.
Enable route error checking In addition to standard error checking, checks routes for the following errors and flags affected items with in the FeatureManager design tree and What’s Wrong dialog box.
In piping and tubing routes:
  • Missing elbows. Detects missing or deleted fillets and arcs.
  • Missing constraints. Detects missing or deleted constraints at tees, crosses, etc.
  • Misaligned reducers. Detects misaligned route property values at reducers.
In electrical routes:
  • Minimum bend radius violations.
Display error balloons (Available only when Enable route error checking is selected.) Displays error messages where you can click How do I fix this? for detailed suggestions for fixing the error.
Create route part for segments if the bend radius is less than the minimum

Creates a route part if the bend radius of the cable, core, or wire is less than the minimum.

Create transparent coverings Creates transparent coverings for wires and cables.
Include coverings in the Bill of Materials Includes coverings in BOMs for routing assemblies.
Save route assembly externally Saves the route assembly as an external file. Clear to save the route as a virtual component, instead.
Save route parts externally Saves routing components as an external file. Clear to save components as a virtual component, instead.
Use automatic naming for route parts When selected, the software automatically assigns names for route parts. When cleared, you need to enter a name whenever you create a route part or assembly.
Use triad to position and orient components on drop Displays the triad every time you place a route component or part.
Show Drag Drop Component Graphics From Platform Generates a component preview when you drag it from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Component rotation increment (degrees) Specifies a value for the rotation increment in degrees. You can rotate elbows, tees, and crosses during placement by holding down Shift and pressing the left and right arrow keys.
Text size for connection and route points Scales text for connection and route points to a fraction of the document's note font. At the bottom of the size range, the text disappears but you can still select the points.


Create custom fittings Automatically creates custom configurations of the default elbow fitting when required. This is applicable only in cases where you can cut a standard elbow configuration to create a custom elbow.

If your company standards do not permit cut-down elbows, clear Create custom fittings. You may need to modify the 3D sketch to use only fillets with standard bend angles. See Custom Elbow Fittings.

Create pipes on open line segments Generates a pipe for 3D sketch segments that connects to a fitting at only one end. For example, if you have not yet added a flange at the end of the route, the last segment of the sketch (beyond the last fitting in the run) is an open segment. If you clear this option, the software does not generate a pipe on the open segment.

Electrical Cabling

Enable minimum bend radius check for cables Reports an error if the bend radius of an arc or spline in the route is less than the minimum specified for the cable in the cable library.
Enable minimum bend radius check for wires Reports an error if the bend radius of an arc or spline in the route is less than the minimum specified for the individual wire or cable core in the cable library. If there are many wires in the assembly, this option might result in slower performance.
The software always performs a default bend radius check on tubing and electrical routes. It reports an error if the bend radius of an arc or spline is less than the tube diameter or, in an electrical route, less than half the bundle diameter.
Slack percentage Automatically increases the calculated cut length of electrical cable by the slack percentage to account for sagging, kinks, and so on, that may occur in actual installations.


Spool name format Assigns Spool-001 to the first spool and increments the number for each subsequent spool.
Adjoining component properties Assigns a color to adjoining components, which helps to distinguish them from other components in the spool.