Is it possible to associate a cable to wires between 2 symbols with connection points on each symbol?
When I select the cables the associate cable is greyed out
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Did you set a cable in your Project Cable Manager to associate to? You may need to first go to Project>Cables, select new cable in order to have a cable to associate. Let me know if that helps.
apparently you can only associate cables between sets of terminals, but you cant put terminals on symbols
seems silly to me unless someone has a workaround?
Chris, are you using a Schematic drawing with Multiwire symbols? Or a Line Diagram with block symbols?
To do what I suggested, you'd work on a schematic, not a line diagram. In the schematic, place your symbols (which DO have terminals) and connect with wires. Select the wires, (right to left drag through them to grab the bunch), right click and select associate cable cores. Add a new cable to the project (go to New Cable in the top left and pick the cable from your library to add to the project), Pick the cable with the conductors you want, select them, as well as the wires from the bottom of the window, and select "Associate Cable cores" at the top of the cable manager.
Im using Schemematics with multiwire symbols, I can associate cables between two terminals but cant do it between two symbols with connection points on both which seems silly as I cant add terminals to symbols either, I dont really want to put terminals in that simply dont exist so that I can associate Cables to cores.
Shouldn't connection points be treated as Terminals?
Hmmm, can you add some screenshots of what you're trying to accomplish? You can absolutely run a wire between 2 symbols with connection points and associate to cable cores, so I must be missing something here, a picture would be worth a thousand words, thanks!
two multiwire symbols with connection points but when I try and associate a cable it's greyed out, if i do the same between two terminals it works fine
The only time I see that if the wires aren't "actually" wires...in other words, for a wire to exist it has to have a landing spot on both ends at a connection point. So my first check would be to make sure the wires are "real" by ensuring they are landing on the actual connection point pad, extending the wire just slightly beyond the connection point and making sure it "snips" can help verify this, or going to Project>Configuration>Graphics and choose "when connected. if the connection dots disappear, you know you haven't made connection to make the wire appear. Other than that, you'd have to contact your local Reseller and see if they can diagnose the issue.
I only have a tick box for display in configuration
what version of solidworks electrical are you using? mines 2016.0.4 build 26
I'm on 2017 SP3, that tick box only shows up in 2017, shoot. So try the "extending the wires" method to make sure they snip at your connection points.
What do you mean by snip at the connection point? my wires dont snap to connection points, ive extended them past the connection points and they just extend past the connection
Bingo, that would indicate you don't have a connection then, you "came close but no cigar". Zoom way in on those wires near the connection point and you'll see they are disconnected.
You'll need to check if your symbol work is correct or if your SNAP was shut off when you were drawing it up on the schematic.
For your symbol, Each connection dot in a symbol has a "PAD" and a "snip", the pad is dark and filled in, and should face outward. The snip is open ended. If they are placed with no regard for standard spacing (should be on flush with .25 grid in inches, or 5mm grid in metric), then the symbol needs to be fixed with those connection dots PRECISELY on .25 or 5mm (or a multiple thereof). If the snap was ignored when you were placing the symbol in the schematic, the same thing would occur.
You can get around it in a schematic by turning on your object snap and snaping the wire to the object of the connection point when moving your wire.
Even if I pull a standard symbol such as Dc motor the wires dont snap to the connection points? any ideas?
Do you have a Reseller that supports you? I think you could benefit from a run through the schematics class, or if you have done that just a quick refresher over the phone on best practices for laying out your drawings.
The main settings I think are missing for you are correctly managing your SNAP (toggle in the lower right, make sure it is pressed IN) for laying out your wires and symbols at standard spacings. And if you didn't have SNAP on when the drawings were created, use OSNAP (right click in the lower right, review the upper portion of that section)
I find this setting helps in locating mis-connections (assuming you have 2016 or later).
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