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SOLIDWORKS ROUTING: Component properties you’ve never heard of

SOLIDWORKS Routing

Written by: Shaun Bentley, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Routing components can have a lot of different properties associated to them. You might notice a few of them if you’ve ever walked through the Routing Component Wizard or maybe seen a one of these in a library file somewhere, but never bothered to check into it.

Here is a consolidated table of all the routing component properties (as far as I know) so you can get a quick overview. For more details, you can search the SOLIDWORKS help for most of these items as well.

Routing Points

CPoint<x> For parts. This is the location of where any pipe, tube, or wire should terminate
ACPoint<x> For assemblies. This is the location of where any pipe, tube, or wire should terminate
RPoint<x> For parts. If you want to be able to drag and drop a component along a path, a Route Point may be needed to line it up, or clips may use RPoints to auto-route
ARPoint<x> For assemblies. If you want to be able to drag and drop a component along a path, a Route Point may be needed to line it up, or clips may use RPoints to auto-route

 

Routing Axes

Axis of Rotation Shift + arrow key allows you to spin about this axis when you drag and drop
Clip Axis<x> The Autoroute command will filter these axes to make them easier to select and route through
Vertical If you pre-emptively draw a centerline on your route, this axis will line up with the centerline when you drag and drop

 

Other Features

Mate References Route paths can be automatically sized based on what faces/edges you select as a mate reference and the NominalDiameter@filtersketch

 

Custom Properties

RouteOnDrop Set the property to Yes, No, or Ask
IgnoreInBOM Set the property to Yes or No
Component Type Useful filter to use in the Routing database to search for components
Pipe Identifier Value must be unique for each configuration
Specification This property can be used with the specification parameter of a connection point to filter pipe and fitting configurations
BendRadius Minimum bend radius used for tubes
IsogenSkey Isogen required property
IsogenBom isogen optional property
IsogenDescription isogen optional property
IsogenComponentType isogen optional property
IsogenAttribute<x> isogen optional property

***You can ignore the “RoutingTerminalBlockComponent” property; it won’t have any effect. It was added to some electrical parts for a development project that never saw the light of day.

 

Sketch Dimensions

InnerDiameter@PipeSketch Needed for pipe and tube
OuterDiameter@PipeSketch Needed for pipe and tube
InnerDiameter@FilterSketch Diameter of the smallest bundle that the clip can accommodate. Useful for auto-sizing clips. Use with a DESIGN TABLE
OuterDiameter@FilterSketch Diameter of the largest bundle that the clip can accommodate. Useful for auto-sizing clips. Use with a DESIGN TABLE
NominalDiameter@FilterSketch Commonly needed in a DESIGN TABLE. This dimension is usually responsible for SOLIDWORKS Routing’s ability to match diameters of components.
BendRadius@ElbowArc Commonly needed in a DESIGN TABLE for elbows
BendAngle@ElbowArc Commonly needed in a DESIGN TABLE for elbows
Diameter@Route This doesn’t appear to do anything currently
BendRadius@Route This doesn’t appear to do anything currently

 

Feature Dimensions

Length@Extrusion Value needed for pipes so SOLIDWORKS Routing can automatically set the length of pipe based on route sketches.
Diameter@Cpoint<x> Commonly needed in a DESIGN TABLE
Specification@Cpoint<x> Commonly used in a DESIGN TABLE. The word “Specification” should be replaced with whatever word is being used in the “Schedule field name” field (edit the CPoint this references)