Much like taxes, new Marvel movies, and broken fillets in SOLIDWORKS, inline connectors and splices are an eventuality for electrical harness designers. These types of connections are easy to set up in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, but were prone to errors when the design was sent for 3D routing. Being able to plan and calculate the 3D routes is often of enormous value to harness designers, but having to choose between gaining these benefits or using common connections was not an ideal scenario. Fear not, Electrical design friends, SOLIDWORKS developers have answered our pleas with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019!
From a schematic standpoint, 2019 retains similar inline connection functionality to the previous releases. Designers can define a simple symbol and component with a terminal passing circuit. This will ensure that Electrical Schematic recognizes that all wires connected to this symbol are part of the same equipotential, a valuable behavior when performing design rule checks. In the event that the symbol is meant to represent a soldered connection, designers can easily flag the component to have it filtered out of the BOM. Wires of differing styles or gauges can then be connected to the same connection point and defined through the wire cabling order manager, letting you accurately represent your real-world design. Adding all the relevant wires, components, and in line connections to the same harness is the final stop on the road to 3D.
The 2019 enhancements for Electrical routing ensure a smooth and uneventful process when your new harnesses are brought into the 3D realm. Prior releases could yield unpredictable results when routing these components, with routing often not continuing past the inline connector. Simply ensuring that an rpoint is located between two Electrical cpoints will provide users with their desired results in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019. Creating 3D models of your favorite butt connectors, soldered splices, and other inline connectors will allow you to create a complete digital twin of your Electrical assembly.
Inline connector support in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019 resolves a frequently requested enhancement, giving designers enormous flexibility when designing and routing their harnesses.