How Do You Do a Cable Harness in SolidWorks?

Are you looking to create a cable harness in SolidWorks? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to design a cable harness using SolidWorks. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Creating a New Assembly

To begin, open SolidWorks and create a new assembly by clicking on “New” under the “File” menu. Choose “Assembly” from the options and click “OK”. This will open a blank assembly window where we can start building our cable harness.

Step 2: Inserting Components

The next step is to insert the components that will make up our cable harness. These components include connectors, cables, and other necessary parts.

To insert a component, go to the “Insert” menu and choose “Component”. Select the desired component from your computer and click “Open”.


Make sure to position the components accurately in relation to each other for an efficient cable routing process.

Step 3: Defining Routing Points

Now it’s time to define routing points for our cable harness. Routing points help SolidWorks determine the best path for cables within the assembly. To define routing points, go to the “Routing” tab in the command manager and click on “Routing Library Manager”.

  • In the Routing Library Manager dialog box:
    • Select your desired routing library.
    • In the Routing Library Tree:
      • Select your desired component category (e.g., electrical).
      • Select your desired component type (e., connector).
    • In the Component list:
      • Select the specific component you want to use.
  • Click on the “Define Routing Points” button in the Routing Library Manager dialog box to define routing points for the selected component.
  • Step 4: Creating Routes

    Once you have defined routing points, it’s time to create routes for your cable harness. To create a route, go to the “Routing” tab in the command manager and click on “Route”. Select the desired component from your assembly as the start point for your route.


    You can use Mate References to easily snap connectors together and ensure accurate positioning within your cable harness assembly.

    Step 5: Adding Wires/Cables

    Now that you have created routes, it’s time to add wires or cables to your cable harness assembly. To do this, go to the “Routing” tab in the command manager and click on “Add Wire/Cable”. Select a route from your assembly and choose a wire or cable type from the library.


    You can customize wire properties such as color, gauge, length, etc., using SolidWorks’ wire customization options.

    Step 6: Finalizing Your Cable Harness Assembly

    You’re almost done! To finalize your cable harness assembly, make sure all components are properly mated and secured. Use SolidWorks’ mate features to align connectors and ensure proper orientation. Additionally, check for any interference or collision issues within your design.


    SolidWorks provides simulation tools like Interference Detection and Collision Detection to help you identify and resolve any potential issues within your cable harness assembly.

    Once you have completed these steps, you have successfully created a cable harness in SolidWorks! Congratulations! You can now save your assembly and generate drawings or documentation for manufacturing purposes.

    Remember to regularly update your cable harness design as needed, especially if there are any changes or updates to the components or routing requirements.

    Thank you for following this tutorial. We hope you found it helpful in learning how to create a cable harness in SolidWorks. Happy designing!