How to route Pipes, Tubes, Wires, Cables, or Ducting in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Vicky Guignard updated July 31, 2018


Do your designs contain piping, tubing, wires, cables or even duct work? If so, you know that these contain many parts to create, assemble and then detail! SOLIDWORKS Premium software includes the SOLIDWORKS Routing add-in application.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in

SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in

With the SOLIDWORKS Routing add-in you can create a special type of sub-assembly that builds a path of pipes, tubes, electrical cables or ducts between components at the assembly level automatically!

A route sub-assembly is made up of three types of entities:

  1. Components, which are parts like fittings  connectors, including flanges, tees, electrical connectors, and clips.
  2. Route parts, which include pipes, tubes, wires, cables, and ducts.
  3. Route feature, which includes a 3D sketch of the center line for your route path.

Please watch my demonstration video to learn how SOLIDWORKS Routing software can benefit you and your team!

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.