SOLIDWORKS Routing Electrical Route Through Clips

Article by Martin Adams on Jan 23, 2023

In this quick tip, we will explore a couple of approaches for creating a route through clips in SOLIDWORKS. Both methods discussed here accomplish the routing task but have differences worthy of discussion. We will briefly examine both methods, beginning with an assembly for an electronic enclosure.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Electrical Route Through Clips

(Note: Routing is a feature available in SOLIDWORKS Premium)

Routing Through Existing Clips

Where clips are already in the assembly, you can route through them during the route creation process. Here the existing clips are in magenta for better visibility. 

We will go from the fan connection through the existing clips and place another connector on the board to finish the route. From our initial assembly, we can start a route by performing a drag and drop from the Design Library. In this example, I will start with a 3-pin connector and add it to the fan on the right.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Through Existing Clips

Routing Through Existing Clips in SOLIDWORKS

Using Auto Route, we can select the connector then the clip axis to begin the wire route.

SOLIDWORKS Auto Route for Electrical Routing

Continuing to select the axes of the other clips the route continues.

Add Connector in SOLIDWORKS Premium

At this point I paused to add another 3-pin connector to the route.

Selecting the endpoint of the existing route and the connection point of the 3-pin connector completes the route.

Completed Route Through Clips in SOLIDWORKS

Routing Through Clips Added During the Route

Where route clips are not yet present, they can be inserted during route creation.

Here I have added a 3-pin connector to start the routet hen added clips on the floor of the case and another 3-pin connector on the board.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Through Clips Added During the Route

Completing the route sequence, we have our desired route.

Routing Through Clips Added During Route in SOLIDWORKS

What is the Difference?

When routing through existing clips, the clips are retained as a part of the top assembly.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Tutorial Routing Through Clips

When adding clips during creation of the route, the clips are absorbed into the route subassembly.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Differences Tutorial

While this may seem to be a subtle difference, the positioning of the components in the master assembly can be important to your SOLIDWORKS Routing-Electrical design.

Related Articles

SOLIDWORKS Routing 101: Pipe Design

Create Custom SOLIDWORKS Electrical Routing Component

Updating the SOLIDWORKS Routing Database

SOLIDWORKS Pipe Route Overview