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.
(Note: Routing is a feature available in SOLIDWORKS Premium)
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.
Using Auto Route, we can select the connector then the clip axis to begin the wire route.
Continuing to select the axes of the other clips the route continues.
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.
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.
Completing the route sequence, we have our desired route.
When routing through existing clips, the clips are retained as a part of the top assembly.
When adding clips during creation of the route, the clips are absorbed into the route subassembly.
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.
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