Ribbon Cables

You can model flexible or folded ribbon cable routes.

To create ribbon cable routes, you need:
  • Ribbon cable connectors and clips. You can create your own ribbon cable connectors and clips or use the sample parts provided in the Design Library. Use clips and virtual clips to define the path of the route. To access sample connectors and clips, go to the Design Library tab of the Task Pane and browse to routing\electrical\ribbon cable.
  • Ribbon cable. You can define your own ribbon cable, or use the sample cables provided in the cable/wire library. Click Tools > Routing > Electrical > Routing Library Manager and click Open an existing library. In the dialog box, select Ribbon Cable Library to see the predefined cables or to add your own.
To route a ribbon cable:
  1. Pre-place ribbon cable clips and connector sockets in the main assembly.
  2. To start the ribbon cable route, insert a valid ribbon cable connector into the main assembly.
  3. Using Auto Route (Electrical toolbar), specify the path by selecting connectors and clips.

See topics about Creating Flexible and Folded Ribbon Cable Routes.

The following are limitations within the ribbon cables environment:
  • Internal connectivity is not supported. Therefore, you cannot assign wires, you cannot use from-to lists, and connector tables do not show any connectivity.
  • You must use the Auto Route PropertyManager to specify the path for ribbon cable routes. You cannot use tools from the Sketch toolbar and menus.
  • Re-route spline is not available in the Auto Route PropertyManager. You must set up route geometry prior to routing, by pre-placing clips and connector sockets.
  • The Repair Route command is not supported.
  • Use of fixed-length standard cables is not supported.
  • Drawings of the flattened route do not show inline connectors. (You can show inline connectors in drawings of the 3D model of the route.)