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Is it possible to do a 3D layout including routing of wires in SW and 'push it' to a SW Electrical Project

Question asked by Allan Bowers on Oct 20, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 25, 2015 by Allan Bowers

Q1.     (Answered by some trial and error and feedback on another question I had from

Phil Johnston see my own response below). I know this works the other way around. i.e from SWE to SW Elec 3D via the Process Tab, but I would like to start with planning a mech part layout from a photo I have of a vintage tube amp. That way I can clone the build.

I will end up modelling some 3D parts and then converting them to Elec components with suitable circuit connections and contact points, (still trying to get my head around this process too) as some of the components just dont appear in the DB. 12AX7 Tube and its socket and a centre tapped AC/DC power transformer for e.g.. I have got some 3D models of these from Grab Cad and will need to add the CPoints to them and create a 2D representation for the wiring schematic in SWE. I assume this is the right way to do it??


This is why I would rather do the layout first and push everything into a SWE Project if that is possible rather than doing the schematic first.


Q2.     The layout in 3D makes reading a circuit much easier as you can see where each resister and cap joins the terminals on the terminal board, (not a PCB style, see photos). This is another reason I want to do the layout first as I can directly compare the component to the circuit diagram I have on paper and work out how it works. (Clearly I am not a electrical engineer, just a hobbyist who wants to build an amp).


Thus in this example would I use a 'Terminal Strip' symbol in SWE as the turret board?


Term Strips look quite different in real life mtd to dim rails etc so not sure if this is the right  approach.


Q3.     You can see in the pic that there are no 'cables' as such but individual wires. Some are twisted together tightly to avoid hum and interference with the circuit. The lead dress is also very important when wires atch to the tube sockets. Can you simulate the look of a twitted pair of wires without a cable cover?


Most of the tutorials are pretty much Industrial focussed and so using them to try and do this sort of project doesn't help me much.


Any help to guidance would be greatly appreciated.










My chassis will be done using SW Sheetmetal tools. I assume that this would equate to my Cabinet/Chassis in SWE



I will use this example to crate the SWE symbol for the various tubes.