How to Create Custom Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Article by Nathen Blas on Oct 06, 2022

In this tutorial, we go over how to add custom cables in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical that do not already exist in the library. With SOLIDWORKS Electrical open, go up to the library tab, and open up the Cable Reference Library Manager.

How to Create Custom Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 1: Library Tab > Cable References Manager

SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes with numerous cables broken up into different classifications.

Default Cable References in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 2: Default Cable References

To create a custom cable, select New Reference. When creating a custom cable we will have to decide what conductor size standard to abide by. For this example, we will select AWG standard. 

Now we can enter our cable properties; starting with Reference and entering 001011- 3PAIR – 22AWG. 

For our Manufacturer, you can use the drop-down to find existing Manufactures or enter them in manually as we did here.

New Cable Reference and Manufacturer Information

Figure 3: Reference, Manufacturer

Next, we can enter our class. We will leave it as AWG, but we are going to select a subcategory. We will select 20AWG->29AWG since 22AWG falls within this range.

Class Sub Category in SOLIDWORKS

Figure 4: Class Sub Category

Next, we will put this into a certain Library, which is going to be the AWG cable – Cables with AWG Guage.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Library Selection for Cables

Figure 5: Library Selection

We are also going to select our Family. Again, we can use the drop-down to select a default Family or we can enter manually what we want, which is what we did here with 22AWG.

Cable Reference Properties in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 6: Family, 22AWG

This is all searchable and filterable criteria. Later, when we go to find our Exact Cable, we can narrow down our search to find a few cables instead of looking at thousands of cables. Some of this criteria auto-populates such as the Creator, the Creation date, the Modifier, and the Modification Date.

SOLIDWORKS New Cable Reference Information Section

Figure 7: Information Section

We can now enter the characteristics of our cable. For Type, we will select Miscellaneous cable. The Diameter will be 10mm. We could enter a color, but for now, we'll leave it blank. For size Standard, we will select Guage(AWG Standard) and then enter 22 for the Conductor Guage.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical New Cable Reference Characteristics

Figure 8: Characteristics

On the User tab, we can enter Descriptions depending on what our company desires.

New Cable Reference Description in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 9: Description, User Tab

We can now enter our cores on the Cable Cores tab. To do so, hit the Add button six times. We can reorder and group these as desired. Select all of the cores and enter the Guage for these as 22, if they're not already populated.

New Cable Reference Window in SOIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 10. Six Cores, 22 Gauge

We can also do the same for the color. We will change this to black, except we will go back and change the last two; to blue and to green/yellow.

Change Color of Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 11: Color, Change to Black, Blue, and Green/Yellow

Optionally, we can also change the type of core, but in this example, we are going to leave all of these as Miscellaneous. The description for each core can be changed as well, or it can be left blank. Here I have shown the first two changed for demonstration purposes. Click OK.

New Cable Description Change in SOLIDWORKS

Figure 12:  Description Change

Now that we have our cable created, we can find it in the long list of cables by using the filter tab. We can select the AWG Class. As you can see there are only a few listed and we can see our cable, but if more cables matched the criteria of our cable adding more information will filter down the list until we can find the one we created.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Filter Cable References

Figure 13: Filter Cable References

Filter by Reference SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Figure 14: Filter by Reference

Similarly, since we know the Reference number, we can enter that into the Reference field and the menu will go straight to our cable.

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I hope you found this tutorial for creating custom cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical helpful. Check out more tips and tricks below. 

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About Nathen Blas

Nathen Blas is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in 2018 and joined the GoEngineer family that same year.

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