I'm trying to make a tube connection between two parts that is a brazed copper tube. This means I'm not dragging and dropping "Tube Fittings" from the routing library as it attaches directly to the part.
Logically, I created connection points on both parts. However, the UI is super non-intuitive and I'm hoping my frustrations here will help the Solidworks team incorporate some logical improvements in this regard.
Here are a few examples:
1) Clicking "Start at Point" then attempting to click the CPoint doesn't work. It won't highlight/select the CPoint.
- Remedy: Click the CPoint first, so it is selected, THEN click "Start at Point". This creates the start of the tube.
2) At that point, I start up Auto Route. It says "Select a point to route from, and then a point, clip axis or line to route to." So naturally I click the point to route from (the starting CPoint. All is well so far. Next step is "...and then a point, clip axis or line to route to." So I try to select the destination CPoint on the 2nd part. Won't select. :-(
- Remedy: I have to define a duplicate CPoint inside the tube assembly "part" (right on top of the destination part CPoint), via "Add Point". Then I can select that CPoint.
- Problem with remedy - if the destination part moves, the destination point/CPoint stays where it is.