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Wire harness design

Routed systems design tools

NX process-specific tools reduce detailed wire harness design time, improve routed systems product quality, and transfer product information seamlessly between the logical design, physical design, analysis, manufacturing and service sectors.

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NX X delivers full NX design capabilities through three scalable, prepackaged cloud-based solutions. NX X requires no installation and can be used in a browser anytime, anywhere, on any device. With NX X, you can focus on developing your products, not running your systems.

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3D electrical wiring and harness design

Take advantage of fully integrated 3D electrical routing and wiring harness design software that allows you to design and route harnesses in complex assemblies.

The capabilities of NX electrical wire harness routing enables you to produce a wire harness directly from NX product assembly models.

Output to manufacturing

Reduce production time as NX readily creates information for harness manufacturing. Automatically create a flattened model of the wire harness that includes the electrical intelligence and details such as tie wraps, clips and grommets, and relative positions of connectors.

Manufacturers can use the flattened model as a reference for 3D jig design, or you can easily create accurate formboard drawings.

NX Electrical Routing formboard output for manufacturing.

Reuse logical design data

Leverage NX wire routing and harness design as it uses the connection and component information from the logical design schematic. You can quickly import netlists of wire and connection data from ECAD systems and use a wizard-style interface to create and modify connections.

NX Routing Electrical Ports and Logical connection.

Rules-based wiring routing finds optimal paths

Optimize routing between components in crowded assemblies using rules-based routing tools that automate the creation of wiring paths and connections from logical designs.

Built-in design rules check and enforce standard practices and ensure connectivity to reduce production costs and assembly defects. To quickly identify and correct violations, you can check rules during design, on demand or in batch processes.

With parametric wiring models, you can more easily manage design changes, analyze clearances and interferences, and accurately calculate wire lengths and bundle diameters.

A failed electrical routing bend analysis check with visual tag and failure information window in NX.

Mechanical routed system design

NX provides mechanical routed system design tools and example libraries for tubing, piping, conduit and raceways. Mechanical routed system models are fully associative to NX assemblies to facilitate design changes. Bills of material and bend reports provide information for subsystem manufacturing.

2D and 3D piping design

Create a 2D schematic diagram defining the logical connections between devices, then build a 3D model of the system assembly driven by the schematic. Path creation tools assist you in defining paths and constraining the mechanical system to adjacent components. Quickly define runs and spool subsections to reference in the 2D schematic, manufacturing drawings and other documentation.

NX includes a part library that automatically uses intelligent algorithms to select components based on run characteristics and ensures proper attachment to the assembly. Use template assemblies to place auxiliary components such as valves, flanges and gaskets in a single step.

NX Diagramming 2D schematic of a mechanical routed pipe system with container tanks, valves and pumps.

Design rule checking

Access design rule checking (DRC) to ensure that your routed systems designs adhere to standard design practices. The expandable rule set includes checks for minimum bend radius, minimum length, connection compatibility, flow direction and other characteristics. The rules checks can be run concurrently or on demand, and NX warns you immediately when rule violations are detected. The rules-driven path planning and routing capabilities improve quality and eliminate errors.

HD3D NX Routing visual rule checks on a pipe run within a aero undercarriage assembly.

Pipe design documentation

Prepare all the documentation you need for manufacturing with the help of the fluid and mechanical systems routing capabilities of NX. The software automates the process of calculating cut lengths, numbering parts and stock, creating bills of materials and bend reports, and producing manufacturing drawings.

Screenshot of an NX routed systems pipe design dashboard.
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