Your comments are right about the manual. There is one floating out there in PDF. It is based on the older version of SolidWorks Piping (about 99-2000). This was orginally created by the customer that SolidWorks created the Piping application for. I do think there is a manual in the works. The vars may or may not have a copy of this, was not made available in a form for them or customers.
I may be able to find a copy of it (no supporting files, part, asm) but the manual is a big help. Do look at the Piping group. Very good people in that group. (Can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org). Again I may have a copy, but may not. Check with your reseller first before emailing me. May take some time to see if I still have a copy. I did years ago.
The product is now getting the first major upgrade in years and looks to be on the development track again. I have been told there is something for documentation in the works. I think it will not be available until mid year since the Routing application is going through many updates right now.
The new piping, tubing and wiring package has been renamed to SolidWorks Routing. There has been a lot of work done to the product in the last 6 months. I do recommend you look at it. The released version (SolidWorks 2004 SP2.1) has Piping and Flexible/Rigid tubing in it now. They are adding auto route options to this area in an upcoming service pack. As for Wiring I have seen that in a presentation, not out until about March 2004, should be in SolidWorks
2004 (SP3) if you own the Routing option. I think you will like how the wiring works from what I have seen.
There is a Harnessing option coming in the upcoming months also, may be an option when SP3 releases. Not sure on that. Routing is all 3D layouts. Harnessing takes the 3D Routing and creates 2D Drawings (Peg Board) drawings with complete BOM and cut lengths. This area seems to be very robust for a v1.0 type product.
I think if you look at this over the next couple months, give the dealers a little time to get/learn the new products since SolidWorks and only certain beta testing companies have it right now.
I have just seen these new modules at the recent SolidWorks World 2004 User Meeting in Boston, MA. We see a big push by SolidWorks into the routing area. Should be great move for everyone.
SolidWorks is required to use Routing & Harnessing application. Routing and Harnessing are sold separate as options if needed and not part of the base package.
I have used the Routing (formerly SolidWorks Piping) application for sometime and I can see SolidWorks is now spending a lot of development time in this area.
I hope this helps in your questions.