Wire Harnessing

Enterprise Harness for SOLIDWORKS

Enterprise Harness is a powerful, yet lightweight tool designed to help you easily integrate your wire harness design into your SOLIDWORKS assemblies.
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Integrate Wire Harnessing Into Your SOLIDWORKS Designs

Integrating your wire harness design into your 3D assemblies can be time-consuming and troublesome but Enterprise Harness helps alleviate the work required to do so. With its lightweight 3D environment, you can quickly design a harness around your 3D assemblies with minimal input. With its integration into SOLIDWORKS, your harness designs will always be kept in sync with your assembly changes.

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Key Features & Benefits

Intuitive Harness Routing

Anyone can route wires through the 3D model – no prior 3D CAD experience is required.

Update Mechanical Changes

Changes to the CAD model can be updated with the click of a button in SOLIDWORKS.

Update Electrical Changes

Changes to the electrical scheme can be applied quickly by reloading the from/to list.

Connector and Clip Libraries

Quickly generate libraries of frequently used connectors and clips with a simple registration process.

Associative Connection to SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS assemblies auto-map to Enterprise Harness, using the existing model for routing. Completed harnesses auto-populate into the 3D model.

Large Assembly Compatibility

With a lightweight 3D model, harnesses can route through large assemblies without performance issues.

Fully Detailed Harnesses

Design and document all the elements of your harness, including splices, connectors, sheaths, clips, ties, and backshells.

Compatibility with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

SOLIDWORKS Electrical can easily be configured to quickly generate from/to reports that will drive harness creation.

Automated From/To List Routing

From/to lists can be read into the software and wire connections between connectors are automatically applied.


Streamline Your Wiring Designs with Enterprise Harness

Enterprise Harness for SOLIDWORKS presents a game-changing approach to wiring design, seamlessly integrating with SOLIDWORKS to streamline the process. With this innovative solution, users can effortlessly route harnesses through even the most complex assemblies, thanks to its lightweight representation of the 3D model.

Say goodbye to performance degradation as Enterprise Harness ensures smooth operation, allowing designers to focus on creativity and precision.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Enterprise Harness run inside of SOLIDWORKS?

Enterprise Harness runs in a separate application window and doesn’t require a SOLIDWORKS license for the user building the 3D harness. However, it maintains associative connections to the SOLIDWORKS model so that the harness can be built in parallel to the main mechanical hardware design making it so that updates to either the mechanical or the electrical systems can easily be handled.

How is Enterprise Harness licensed?

Enterprise Harness is available both as a standalone license locked to a specific user’s computer, or as a network license shared among design team members at a slightly higher price. It is typically sold as a perpetual license with an annual subscription fee that includes technical support and product upgrades.

How does Enterprise Harness compare to SOLIDWORKS Routing?

SOLIDWORKS Routing, which is part of SOLIDWORKS Premium, is a tool used to route a variety of infrastructure systems within the SOLIDWORKS CAD environment – piping, tubing, point-to-point wiring, and branched harnesses. However, many who try SOLIDWORKS Routing for branched harnesses and cables report two main challenges: that the 3D CAD engine behind SOLIDWORKS can struggle with the complexity of the wires in a typical harness, and users need a strong understanding of mechanical CAD. Enterprise Harness addresses both problems, by performing the modeling tasks in a dedicated harnessing environment with a lighter memory footprint, that doesn’t require any prior 3D CAD knowledge.

What inputs are needed to build my harness?

Designing a harness in 3D requires inputs from two angles: the spatial organization of the connectors the harness needs to connect and a summary of the electrical connections that need to be made. In general, the 3D model that harness needs to be designed for would be provided as a SOLIDWORKS file and can be captured with a single-click in the SOLIDWORKS interface. The electrical connections are supplied as a from/to list as a .CSV file. This could be a report saved from a schematic tool like SOLIDWORKS Electrical, or an Excel file created from scratch.

What outputs can Enterprise Harness produce?

Enterprise Harness will produce two key outputs. The first is a 3D model of the completed harness, created as a native SOLIDWORKS model within the original SOLIDWORKS file. The second is an exchange file that captures the details of the harness to be represented as a 2D drawing. This drawing would be created in Enterprise Harness’ sister software, Enterprise Layout.

Do I need to be a mechanical designer skilled in CAD to run Enterprise Harness?

Enterprise Harness has specifically been designed so that no prior 3D CAD experience is required. It has simple controls and direct manipulation tools to get exactly the paths and connections you want. Harness design is often tackled by designers from both electrical and mechanical backgrounds, so it’s critical that the design tool allows all types of users to complete the task.

What happens if my design changes?

Changes to the electrical system can be captured by reimporting the from/to list and letting the design update. Changes to the mechanical layout can easily be captured by exchanging the updated model to the Enterprise Harness software and adjusting the wire routes accordingly.

Why should I model harnesses in 3D?

Modelling harnesses in 3D lets you easily create 2D documentation for manufacturing, get accurate lengths of wires, and ensures adequate space and paths are provided in the hardware design to accommodate the wires. Additionally, being able to visually see the wires in the 3D model can have huge benefits for other design collaborators, for sharing visuals with customers, and for the manufacturing floor to visualize what is needed.

What is the best way to get started with the Enterprise Harness software?

We recommend a specific set of steps to get your organization up and running with Enterprise Harness and modeling harnesses in 3D. After installing the software, our Flight Plan service will walk you through training on the standard workflows in the software. We’ll then help you build an initial library, then work through the process of creating your first harnessing project.

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