2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

The exploded view is a feature on solidworks used to show all components of an assembly. This feature was designed to enable engineers to see completely inside an assembled components to know exactly where a single component is placed and what it is attached to and if rotating what direction it is to rotate.

How to make an exploded view
 
The exploded view is only available in the assembly section of solidworks.
 
First we have to have and assembled component to make use of this feature Opening your assembled component select the exploded view on the top menu .
 

2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

Upon selecting the view it opens its properties in the left menu bar .
 

2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

In the properties there two types of exploded view one the regular step and the other the radial step .
 
The regular step: the regular step makes the explosion of the component in the X, Y and Z axis without any form of rotational movement.

The radial step: it is another form of exploding the component but allows movement around a defined point mostly used for components that have a core inside them.
 
So depending on your assemble you should select the type of exploded view you would need .
 
In this article we give an example of regular step.
 
Clicking on the regular step exploded view .

2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

Select the component you want to move .

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Changes the color to purple you then drag in the direction you desire in x y or z axis or the distance can be entered .
 
2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

After moving all the components to the desired distance you can add another feature to the exploded view, which is the exploded line sketch. This feature draws a line to indicate the direction of fasteners in the assembly.
 
By clicking on the exploded line sketch on the top menu .
 
2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

It opens it property on the left menu bar .
2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

Select the faces to connect by clicking on them would give a result as the image below .
 
2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

Now your exploded view is complete
 
Getting back to a complete assembly from exploded view
 
Select configuration manager on the left menu bar
 
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It opens a menu of your assembly .
 
Left click on the exploded view and collapse it .

 

2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

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