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SOLIDWORKS is the world leader in 3D software for product development and design. Start creating manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies, as well as detailed drawings and bills of materials. In this course, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create 2D sketches that will become the basis for your 3D models. You'll use the Extrude and Revolve tools to turn 2D sketches into 3D parts, then create more complex geometry with sweep and lofts. Then learn how to use the cut features to remove material and shape parts, and use mirroring, patterning, and scaling to modify parts. Next, you'll combine parts into movable assemblies and subassemblies. Finally, you'll create accurately annotated drawings, complete with itemized bills of materials that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer.
Exploded view is allow you to see inside of an assembly and show how the product is put together. They're also very useful on a drawing to show the parts on the bill of materials. So, in this case here, what I want to do is actually instead of these views here, I want to actually add an exploded view of this assembly right here in the middle of the drawing. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on delete these two views here. And now I want to go basically and create a, an exploded view. So to do that I'm going to click on this view here, click on the assembly, open it up, and up at the top of the assembly tab, I come up here to exploded view.
Now, the first thing you want to do is you want to pick your components to explode. So in this case here I might choose this little vent, and notice I get this little triad that pops up on there, so I can choose one of these different arrows to pull the part in that direction, or I can spin it around. In this case here, I'm just going to click on the green arrow and just pull it directly up. My next move, I'm going to pick the two pieces of hardware, and notice if I pick two things in a row, they're both highlighted, and I can move them both at the same time. I'm going to click the top plate here, drag that up. How about these two pieces of hardware here, that one and that one.
Grab the arrow, pull those out, grab that plate there, grab the arrow, pull that one out. Spin them all around. Grab this piece here, that piece there, again, drag those out. Grab that plate, drag that out. Grab the bushings here, pull those both out. Okay. Looking pretty good. So that's a fully exploded model and now I can see how it's put together. So when you're happy with it, click on OK. Now the other thing I might want to add at this point in time will be the exploded sketch lines. So click on Explode a Sketch line.
And this allows you create little virtual dash line showing where the hardware would go when you put this whole thing back together. So in this case here, I'm going to start from this piece here. I'm going to go through this hole here and into this hole here. Now notice the arrow started the wrong way, so click on that face here and click on reverse to make sure it's going the correct direction. Then come down here and click on that last hole so it shows you got one line through all three of those. Click OK, and there's a nice little dash line showing you where that piece of hardware goes, to connect things together. I can do the same thing over here.
Make sure I reverse that over through that hole and into that hole. Looks good. I can click over here and choose these bushings to go into the holes here. Same thing over here. Click OK. Over here, click the outside of this. Make sure to reverse it. Through the hole, and into this hole here. Click OK. Same thing over here, from here, through that hole, into that hole. And we're looking pretty good here. Just a couple more. So on this one up here, I'm going to click on the top.
Make sure to reverse it, then you come through this hole here and into this top hole. This one here goes, nope, not the point. With an outside surface into that surface. Looks good. And same thing over here. So those are all complete. It shows all the different lines, showing how this whole assembly is put together, this is very similar. If you look at any type of exploded view in like, a manual or assembly book, they normally will show you some type of view like this showing how the parts go together what type of hardware is used to put it together. When you're happy with that, click OK, and now what we want to do is go back to the drawing.
But before we do, let's get our drawing view here situated the way we want to look when we bring it into the drawing. And that's about where I want to be right there. So, set the view how you like it. And now we're going to switch back over to the drawing. There it is, and we're going to click on Model View. We're going to click on the 2.0 Assembly. Click on Next. And then we're going to come down here to Current Model View. And make sure I have Preview turned on. So I should be able to see what's going to happen. Go ahead and click, and that looks pretty good except it's a little too small. So click on the View.
Come down here and say Use Sheet Scale. And I'll blow it up a little bit, and now I can see I can just move that around, place it where I want, and we're looking pretty good. I've just got a little note down here I'm going to get rid of. Other than that, we're looking pretty solid. Adding an exploded view to your drawing is a great way to show the parts of the assembly and how the assembly is put together.
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