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Use Wire Sequencing to Your Advantage in AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor

27 Dec, 2015 By: Thayne Wickam

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Learn about how wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical works with multiple components or pins in a circuit, and how to use it for the Inventor Cable & Harness environment.


Editor's note: This tutorial courtesy of IMAGINiT Technologies.

It’s now easy to find information about Autodesk Inventor Cable & Harness functionality and how it links to AutoCAD Electrical; both products can save users time when creating large assemblies or mass-producing panel layouts. But what if the result for a circuit isn’t the way you want it? Most users don’t know what to do in that situation. This article explains how wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical works with multiple components or pins in a circuit, and how to use it for the Inventor Cable & Harness environment.

The figure below shows a circuit where J101-1 and J101-2 are shorted together, then routed to P101-1.



Below, we have two possible sequence outputs from AutoCAD Electrical, and the end result in Inventor Cable & Harness.



Wire routing is typically provided from an electrical engineer in a wire from/to report, or decided during initial design on the production floor. When transferring data from AutoCAD Electrical to Inventor, collaboration between the electrical and mechanical divisions is crucial to avoid costly mistakes. AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor can prevent these mistakes and help streamline the design processes.

Wire sequencing is done in AutoCAD Electrical using the Edit Wire Sequence command, which is located in the Edit Wire/Wire Numbers panel fly-out. (The command can also be accessed by right-clicking on any wire for the circuit.)

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About the Author: Thayne Wickam


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