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Electrical Cable Harness Design

Easily add wire/cable/harness/conduit systems for your design, including path planning and complete BOMs.

SOLIDWORKS Premium allows you to quickly design and route electrical wiring, harnessing, cabling, and conduit assemblies of products. Thanks to the integrated nature of SOLIDWORKS these systems are added throughout the development process as opposed to after saving time and rework costs and ensuring efficient product assembly and serviceability.

SOLIDWORKS Premium features design tools which build paths of pipes, tubes or electrical assembly as required for your assembly, these tools meet the needs of increasing number or products which use sensors, control systems and other systems requiring cabling and wiring.

Overview

The routing feature creates a unique type of subassembly which builds paths of pipes, tubes or electrical cables between components. Routing can include electrical wiring enclosures, fabricated cable, soldered copper, PVC, flexible tubing and any associated fittings. Start the route by inserting route components into an assembly to define the start and end connection points of the path, the route is then defined with a 3D Sketch. SOLIDWORKS is able to generate the pipe, tube and wire parts along the centre line and join the part to the route components.

Key Features

Specific electrical cable harness and conduit design functionality includes the ability to:
  • Position all equipment and run electrical routes throughout the overall design
  • Route electrical cable, harness, and conduit systems through your product, including ribbon cable
  • Determine required lengths of all wires, cables, harness segments as you design
  • Flatten electrical cable harness for manufacturing documentation
  • Import “From-To” electrical connection information from schematic design tools
  • Automatically route segments through your products to speed creation
  • Generate complete bill of material (BOM) and wire cut lists for harnesses for manufacturing
  • Create cable harnesses as mechanical-only or with electrical data
  • Run rigid or flexible electrical conduit segments
  • Include additional components, such as mounting hardware, splices, connectors, insulation, looms, heat-shrink tubing, cable ties
  • Routing Library Manager (RLM) wizard to guide creation of custom electrical components
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