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How to Create Electrical connection points & Auto-routing wires?

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.

Electrical Component Connection Points

Steps to create Electrical connection points and auto-generate routing wires

Step 1: 

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.

Electrical Component Wizard

 

Step 2:

Click on the Routing Component Wizard tab --> Routing Functionality points --> Add.

It will direct you to the SOLIDWORKS component file.

Routing Component Wizard

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.

Add C Point to component for wire connection

After adding C points, wire routing will be auto-generated.

Auto routing Wire generation

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:

  1. Using SOLIDWORKS electrical helps you to save time in creating simplified wire routing for your design.
  2. 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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

If you have any difficulties, kindly reach out to our technical experts for immediate assistance.

5 STEPS TO CREATE CABLE IN SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL

5 Steps to Create Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

 

How to Create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Introduction

In this blog post, I will show you how to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. There are many guides out there on how to create cables, but most of them leave out important details, or worse, are simply wrong.

Cables play a very important role in electrical and electronic systems, carrying electrical current between components. They are found in a wide variety of applications, from smartphones and laptops to cars and industrial machinery.

5 steps to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

STEP 1: Open cable reference manager

In the library, select cable reference manager to open a new table. Then create a new reference and classification manager.

The classification manager is like a folder in which we can filter with different standards.

 

create electrical cable

 

STEP 2: Create new cable properties

Select the new reference option in the cable reference manager ribbon.

electrical cable reference manager

The cable reference properties tab will be opened. We have to provide our specification which includes dia, Sq.mm, color, cores, core dia these are the important things needed to be updated in the property tab

Electrical Cable properties

STEP 3: Assign cable core properties

Cable core properties are found on the same tab as the third choice at the top. There, we must enter the number of cores required for the cable.

electrical cable core properties

We must also indicate the dia of the core we require, as well as control over whether it is a miscellaneous, power, or neutral core. This tab also allows users to pick the colors of the cores.

STEP 4: Assign cable between components

After we have built the new cable, we must place it and assign it to the components that require it.

associate cable cores

Wires are drawn & cable is created after the components have been placed.

STEP 5: Associate cable cores

Now, we must use the new cable option to add the cable to the associated cable cores tab. After that, we must choose the cable we made in the library manager.

At the bottom, we must select four wires in addition to the four cores.

After choosing all of them, we should use the associate cable cores option at the top of the page as shown in the below image.

solidworks electrical - associated cable core

Once paired, it will turn green, and the origin and destination will be updated as well.

The cable is also added to wires, and a cable mark is seen between the components.

Conclusion

In this article, we'll walk you through the process of creating electrical cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This process can be a little tricky, but with our help, you'll be able to create cables that are both accurate and efficient. If you have any questions or need immediate technical assistance, please contact us today. We'll be happy to help!

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