How to create Electrical connection points and Auto-routing wires?
In this blog post, I will explain both electrical connection points & auto-routing wires in SOLIDWORKS and provide some useful tips on how you can achieve them faster, and easier.
Creating connections between electrical components is a very common task in electrical design. These connections often need to be made and verified before moving on or even before the schematic capture stage. Auto-routing wires to make connections and keep track of which connection goes where is also a common requirement for electrical designers.
Let’s look at the below example.
The Contactor is an Electrical component designed in SOLIDWORKS. The function of this electrical component is to act as a fuse. This is the Device that protects every other component.
When creating an electrical connection, a connector connection point specifies where mating connections should be positioned.
Steps to create Electrical connection points and auto-generate routing wires
In order to create an Electrical connection point, we need to find the component wizard in the toolbar.
The electrical component wizard tool can be found by clicking Tools –> SOLIDWORKS Electrical –> Electrical component wizard. By clicking this, a new tab will be opened as shown in the below image.
Click on the Routing Component Wizard tab –> Routing Functionality points –> Add.
It will direct you to the SOLIDWORKS component file.
Step 3: Add a C point to the component for wire connection
Once the existing sketch is selected you can able to find the red arrow. This arrow shows the direction of the terminal in which wires will be get connected.
After adding C points, wire routing will be auto-generated.
When you’ve completed all of the component checkpoints. The wire will be automatically connected to those places. The schematic will automatically link the components.
Benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:
- Using SOLIDWORKS electrical helps you to save time in creating simplified wire routing for your design.
- Provides you the flexibility to change your wire route at any point in time which will also automatically update drawings accordingly.
Mistakes to avoid in SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:
1. Don’t use the wrong units
One of the most common mistakes made by new users is using the wrong units when creating electrical diagrams. You should always use metric units such as milliamps (mA), volts (V), ohms (Ω), and amps (A). If you’re unsure what unit to use, check out our guide on choosing the right units.
2. Don’t forget to include the ground plane
Another mistake that’s easy to make is forgetting to include the ground plane in your electrical diagram. This is especially true if you’re drawing a circuit with multiple phases. In this case, each phase will need its own ground plane.
3. Don’t forget to add the neutral wire
If you’ve ever worked on a project where you had to run wires through walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures, then you know how difficult it can be to find a good place to route them. You might even end up running into walls, floors, and ceilings again as you try to figure out where to put the next one.
4. Don’t forget to connect the wires properly
One of the biggest mistakes people make when routing cables is forgetting to connect them together. This means that you’ll need to cut off the ends of each wire before connecting them together.
5. Don’t forget to check the continuity
Double-check the wires connection. You can do this by checking the continuity between two points. Simply select one point and then another, and click the Continuity button. If the connection is correct, the light will turn green.
Thus in this blog, I have shared everything you need to know to create electrical connection points and auto-generated routing wires in SOLIDWORKS. I hope this article makes you learn about the benefits and things to remember & mistakes to avoid in wire routing between electrical components.
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