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How to add Spool References to a SOLIDWORKS Routing BOM

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE created/updated October 25, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Routing Spool References are defined in a Route Assembly and can be referenced in the Route Assembly BOM.

The first step is to Define a Spool. The Define Spools command is available from the SOLIDWORKS Command Manager Piping menu.

Define Spools

Define Spools

Once defined, the Spool will be listed under the Route Assembly, in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager.

Spool Defined

Spool Defined

By double-clicking a BOM column, the Route Property, Spool Reference, can be linked to that column. This will display all Spools, that are defined in the Route Assembly.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Spool References

SOLIDWORKS Routing Spool References

By selecting Group Spool Components in the BOM properties, Spools can be displayed as separate items.

Spools can be displayed as separate items

Spools can be displayed as separate items

NOTE: It is important to understand that a Spool is NOT a sub-assembly. A Spool is a reference shared between a selected number of components that are part of a Route Assembly

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