A Quick Introduction to the PTC Creo Piping and Cabling Extension
by Mark Brunelli | September 05, 2014 | CAD Software Blog | PTC
Some of the trickiest design challenges arise when you involve cables, hoses, pipes, and wires in your product models. They’re difficult to route (and reroute) as you develop other parts and subassemblies, and all too often it just seems easier to wait until later to worry about them. In fact, many designers won’t work out routing and support for their harnesses and hoses until the physical prototyping stage.
Unfortunately, that’s an expensive time to find out that you don’t have the clearances you need or that on the assembly floor, routing the full harness isn’t always possible.
PTC Creo offers a better approach with the PTC Creo Piping and Cabling Extension (PCX).
PTC Creo PCX automates routing as you design—regardless of the industry you work in. By making fluid and electrical design an integral part of the detailed design process, PTC Creo PCX minimizes rework, improves efficiency, and makes development faster.
With PTC Creo PCX, you can:
- Capture and document schematic information.
- Introduce fewer errors and cut time-consuming tasks, thanks to the automatic capture of relevant system information.
- Route pipes, harnesses, and cables automatically and quickly find the best paths.
- Enforce design rules and schematic rules through specification-driven design.
- Draw parts from a customizable library that allows you to reuse standard symbols, connectors, and fittings contained in a customizable library.
- Cut expensive physical prototypes.
Hand over accurate documentation, such as isometric drawings, bend tables, and BOMs.
PTC Creo PCX also comes standard schematics capabilities, e, which generates all the logical connectivity information from your 3D model in 2D schematics.
This quick video explains how CNB yacht builders uses PTC Creo for the complex routing of cables and pipes along the hulls of the yachts they build.