A Selection of Strong 2D and 3D CAD Tools
What is Routed Systems Design?
Routed systems design is the science and art of determining the best paths for electrical and hydraulic systems in your products. Traditionally, this process can be complex, time-consuming, and prone to error. But it must be done. After all, those 360 wires in that custom sailboat design won’t route themselves.
It’s no secret that routing (and rerouting) can be difficult, more so as you develop other parts and assemblies and especially when you leave the whole thing until the very last moment – or even the shop floor. But what if routed systems design were a part of your detailed design process from the very start? Then you’d be able to cut costs, reduce work, make better designs, and speed time to market. And your accurate, up-to-date documentation would make you a hero on the factory floor and the service department’s favorite person.
What Does PTC Offer for Routed System Design?
PTC’s routed system design solutions work together, giving you a powerful set of tools to create harnesses and pipelines quickly and easily. You can move seamlessly between 2D and 3D environments and produce documentation at any time.
Start by creating your product in Creo. At the same time have the electrical and piping engineers develop the 2D schematic diagram in Creo Schematics, enabling you to automate the routing of the cables or pipes using Creo Parametric’s Piping and Cabling extension.
This combination of tools enables the complete digital model to be defined, reducing the dependence on physical prototypes and reducing product costs. We’ve designed PTC routed system design applications to ensure that electrical and fluid systems stay where they should be – inside your product and not on your list of headaches.
PTC Creo: Routed System Design Tools
Creo Schematics: Use this stand-alone 2D diagramming solution for creating electrical and piping schematics. Then transfer the data directly into Creo Parametric to drive the 3D routed systems design. No manual process, and zero worry about introducing errors.
Creo Piping and Cabling Extension (PCX): Available as a module to Creo Parametric. No matter what industry you work in, you can create routed systems quickly and easily. This flexible product allows you to start with a 2D schematic and automate the 3D, or if you prefer, route directly in the 3D environment. Now that routing 3D cables and pipes is part of the design process you can work with the mechanical engineers to optimize the routing paths.
Creo Harness Manufacturing (HMX): Offered as an extension to Creo PCX. At any point in your design, click once to create manufacturing documentation for harnesses. It’s simple, fast, and easy.