SOLIDWORKS Routing Fixed Length Coverings

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 1, 2019


New to SOLIDWORKS 2019, is the ability to add Coverings of a Fixed Length. This works with routes that use splines, such as tube and electrical routes.

To use this tool, edit a route and select a spline route segment.

Spline Route Segment

Spline Route Segment

The Fixed Length Covering command, can be launched from the Tools menu in SOLIDWORKS, as shown below.

SOLIDWORKS Routing Fixed Length Coverings

Launching Fixed Length Covering

The command can also be added to the appropriate Command Manager tab, by Customizing the Command Manager. The length of of the covering can be defined by a linear value, offset values or an offset and a linear value.

Fixed Length Covering Menu

Other then defining the length of the Fixed Length Covering, the remaining options remain the same as the standard Covering tool.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.