The hottest SolidWorks line system design solution

2022-08-19
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SolidWorks line system design solution

SolidWorks routing is a set of powerful line system design software and spare parts library launched by SolidWorks company. It enables design engineers to easily and automatically perform the design task of line system in the environment of Solidworks, and accelerates the design process of pipe barrel, pipe, power cable and cable bundle as well as electrical conduit. SolidWorks routing uses the familiar SolidWorks 3D mechanical design environment, which is convenient and fast to use. You can visually create and modify circuit systems, including drag and drop placement, automatic resizing of components (parts or assemblies), copying and mirror orientation, placing circuits, and automatic insertion of pipe bends and bends. In addition to the ready-made tube, pipe, power cable and cable bundle and electrical conduit library components, you can also add custom library components. Combined with the design library function of Solidworks, you can design the circuit system through simple drag and drop, which greatly improves your design efficiency. In addition, you can automatically create drawings and material schedules containing complete information (including the cutting length of pipes and barrel lines), as well as the professional function of creating bending data files for CNC barrel and pipe bending machines. For cable and bundle route design, you can easily reuse the data created by electronic CAD software or other tools, and use Microsoft? Excel format makes it easy to import data. SolidWorks routing also provides other time-saving tools for power and electronic system designers to generate cable and bundle manufacturing documents and automatically create reports, including wire lists, wire summaries, bundle material lists, and bundle connection information

I. tube and pipe

for the design of tube and pipe system, you can use orthogonal 3D sketch or non orthogonal 3D sketch to walk hard tube or pipe. Use the 3D sketch to define the centerline of the circuit path. When you drag a flange or other terminal connector to the assembly, a new pipeline subassembly will be generated, and then the 3D sketch will start automatically; If the attachment is already in the assembly, you can also start the 3D sketch manually. Sketch fillets can be automatically added to the intersection you draw. Of course, you can also manually add or modify sketch fillets (for example, when the bending radius you need is different from the default bending radius). In addition to using orthogonal 3D sketches or non orthogonal 3D sketches to route rigid tubes or pipes, you can also use automatic routes to quickly generate orthogonal routes and make alternative selections among multiple effective orthogonal routes. For flexible tube, you can use spline path, or use automatic path to automatically generate spline curve, and you can also specify the fixed length of the line segment

in the piping system, you can use standard bends or always form bent bends; When there is a non-standard angle in the pipeline, the sketch segment will be highlighted and prompted to select a replacement elbow for this angle, or generate a custom elbow, or select to form a bend in the pipeline; For tubes, always form bends is the only option available. You can also drag elbows into the circuit, and line arc line geometry is automatically generated in the sketch of the circuit. This is especially useful when you need to use elbows that are different from the default ones in the circuit (such as different bending radii)

in 3D sketch, you can add accessories to the circuit, such as flanges, T-shaped fittings, elbows, and so on. When you drag and drop a fitting from the design library into the assembly, you can not only adjust the alignment of the fitting, but also adjust the angular direction of the fitting. At the same time, the circuit sketch will automatically add a straight line for each opening in the connector to continue the circuit down. You can also add back-to-back fittings. For example, you can attach elbows to elbows or T-joints to T-joints, and there is no pipe or barrel between the two; You can also generate back-to-back fittings by removing pipe or barrel segments from between fittings using the remove pipe or barrel feature. In the road subassembly, you can only add a fit in the end attachment (flange or attachment). If you delete the fit on the end attachment or insert the end attachment at the end of the 3D sketch, the position of the end attachment will become driven by the 3D sketch

in addition to quickly adding accessories to the circuit, you can also add a covering layer to any circuit. The covering layer is the protective material covering the road items, such as insulator and split sleeve. You can also use split lines and apply different attributes on each side of the split. For example, if you only want to apply coverage to a part of a circuit, you can divide the circuit into two sections and apply coverage to only one section of the circuit. When multiple pipe segments have the same length, all instances use one configuration; When you need to add features to the selected pipe segment, you can generate a custom configuration within the pipe part. For example, if you add a hole on a pipe segment, but you want the hole not to appear on other pipe segments with the same length, you need to generate a custom configuration. When the cost or space needs to be considered, the step sections can be welded at the intersection and the accessories can be omitted (as shown in the figure). It is also very convenient to modify the pipe subassembly. You can directly change the diameter of the pipe or tube line, and select a new configuration for all elements in the pipe (flange, elbow, pipe, etc.)

in the engineering drawing of the road sub assembly, when you generate the material list, which is also a very innovative material list in the current market, you can generate separate column items for each unique cutting length of the pipeline. You can also export pipe and barrel data to other pipe design applications, or generate bend factor tables for circuit assemblies that use pipe barrels or pipes with bends

II. Power cables and cable bundles

for the design of power cables, you can use standard cables to generate circuits. The information of standard cable and tube is stored in Excel spreadsheet, and you can also generate your own standard cable and tube library. The length of standard cable and tube is fixed. If the length of cable or flexible tube is required to be greater than its standard length when placing components, the cable or tube will be created without a fixed length. When the line violates the minimum bending radius of the cable or flexible tube, the software will highlight the area that violates the minimum bending radius. At this time, you can use the repair line to repair the spline curve that violates the minimum bending radius requirements (as shown in the figure)

you can also manually generate power line assemblies. You can set different options and start the circuit in different ways depending on whether you want to make the connector a part of the main assembly or the circuit sub assembly. When each connector is added to the circuit, a short line will be automatically added to the sketch (from the connection point of the connector to the outside); After inserting the connector, use automatic footprints to generate footprints splines. For clamps, you can rotate the clamp when it is placed in the assembly, or rotate and align the clamp after insertion. You can clamp the automatic route at the drop, or pre place the clamp in the route subassembly, and then update the route through the selected clamp through the re routing spline curve of the automatic route. When the line no longer needs to pass through a clamp, you can choose to ignore the clamp in the road. In addition, you can generate virtual clamps to locate circuits at the initial stage of the design

after you define the path between connectors in the line subassembly, you can associate the cable/wire with the path. The line diameter updates to reflect the diameter of the cable or wire you selected for each path. First, you must specify the wires and cables to be used, and then specify the path of each wire or cable core; When the path of wires is defined, the cutting length of each wire will automatically appear in angle brackets after the wire name; You can also specify the pin number (name) to which each wire is connected. In addition, you can specify different power characteristics for each circuit segment

in addition to using standard cables or manually generating power lines, you can also use the input "from to" list to generate power line subassembly. The "from to" list is an Excel spreadsheet, which defines the power connection data of each wire in the step cable assembly, as well as the components to which the wire is connected, such as connectors, terminal blocks, etc; You can also enter only connection data (no component data) or only component data (no connection data). Before you start using the input "from to" list to generate power line subassemblies, you must specify the cable/wire library and parts library used for the subassemblies, "introduced by Hilmar heithorst, product manager Klaus mafi belstov. The cable/wire library defines the characteristics of cables and wires XML files, such as specification number, size, color, description, etc; The parts library refers to the SolidWorks part document that cross references the parts in the "from to" list to these parts XML file, which also defines the joint data for use when you use the bundle flattening and detailing functions to generate a bundle drawing. You can generate cable/wire and component data in Excel spreadsheet, and then input it into SOLIDWORKS; Or the sample cable/wire library and parts library provided with SolidWorks to define the cable/wire and parts data you need. The relationship between the title definition in the "from to" list and the cable/wire library and parts library is shown in the figure

when using the input "from to" list to generate the power line subassembly, all components specified in the "from to" list can be added to the circuit. For each component, a short line will be automatically added to the circuit sketch (from the connection point of the connector to the outside). Then use the automatic route to manipulate the guide line of the wires in the "from/to" list. You can combine two or more guide lines to form a single line, or connect the guide line with the existing line to the selected line point, or convert one or more guide lines that tpe1 is continuously developing into a unique line; At the same time, you can also filter the display status (displayed or not displayed) of the guide line by length. You do not need cable/wire data and connection data, which are automatically generated by the "from to" list, including the pin number (name) to which each wire is connected

using the cable bundle flattening and detail drawing functions, you can generate 2D cable bundle manufacturing engineering drawings from 3D power line assemblies. The cable bundle manufacturing drawing will automatically flatten the line path from the 3D line assembly and retain the 3D length, while automatically generating the joint view block for each joint instance in the cable bundle. The connector view block can display the wire color in the connector pin or cavity (as shown)

in addition, you can generate a report in the cable harness engineering drawing, including the circuit summary and cable bundle material list used to view the connection information of all wires and cables in the wiring subassembly; When generating the report, you can insert a part serial number for each part and include the item number in the cable bundle material list; The report can also be updated automatically after new materials are added to the bundle. You can also generate a connector pin wire table with pin/cavity marks and corresponding wire names for each connector component, including fan out display power

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