Why Won't My Wires Route in SOLIDWORKS Electrical?
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The wires of a route must be connected to “something” on BOTH ends for the route to be successful. This “something” is a Component. The Component provides the circuits and the connection points. These circuit and associated connection points are determined by the Manufacturers part that is assigned to the Component. When creating your schematics, you will be utilizing the symbols to represent the Component. The symbols also have circuits and connection points. When trying to route, making sure your Component circuits and connection points are associated to the circuits and connection points of the symbols that are being used. In other words, when examining your Component – are the circuits and terminals (that are used in the schematics) in the bottom of the dialog box GREEN? If you have spare circuits (or BLUE) they will not affect your route and are commonly known as Spare circuits. If you don’t have all GREEN or BLUE circuits, then some corrections may be necessary. If they are all green, then double checking what the numbering of these circuits are, will be carried into the 3D model next.
From the previous screen shot, you can see the circuit terminals called out. This specific Component has 2 circuits numbered “0” and “1”. Each circuit then has 1 connection point named Index. Therefore, this component has 2 connection points known as 0_0 and 1_0. These connection points need to match the features inside of a 3D model that will be representing the Component. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D utilizes a Routing Wizard to help assist with the process of adding these connection points to the 3D model. Once the connection points are added to the model and the model is saved, you can look at the features.
Once you have opened the 3D model, Opening the feature, will allow you to examine the parameters. The Diameter must be able to accept the wire diameter that you are trying to route to it. This parameter is a maximum setting for the acceptance of this connection. Be sure to check that the features have all of the connection points called out correctly – for our example we need to have a 0_0 and 1_0 feature.
There are a few more key points that should be considered. For more information on these crucial items and to see the software in action, click here to download our on-demand webinar.