Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at exploded views, part of Up and Running with eDrawings.
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If you thought sectioning your model is fun, exploding is awesome. However, before we can see some of the cool stuff, we needed to make sure the model is created with an exploded view in SolidWorks. If you can find the Explode command in the Tools menu you are good to go. With one click of the button, we can explode the assembly and see all of the parts. Then, we can move the model around and get a great view of what's inside. Let's get started. Over here on the tree, I can click on configurations. And you see under default, I have what's called Exploded View One. If I double-click on Exploded View, (SOUND) the part animates and all comes apart.
You can see all the individual pieces of hardware and all the individual components. And once again, if you double-click on Exploded one more time, (SOUND) it all comes right back together, a nice little animation. So when you have an exploded view out, I can take that model and I can spin it around. I can zoom in on the parts, I can zoom out on the parts. I can take a component and I can isolate (INAUDIBLE) saying hide others. So I can see just the one component here. And spin that around so what I want to do. And when you're done, you can go ahead and right-click and say Show All.
Everybody comes back. And we can add things like transparency. So I could say Make Transparent, so you can see the components there. You are just seeing the inside of it. And when I bring that support back together, (SOUND) I can still see inside the model and what other components are available. Okay? Also, all your standard buttons appear at top (INAUDIBLE) as well. I can play with this, it spins around in a nice presentation mode. I can also explode this thing (SOUND) into this (INAUDIBLE) thing, so I can play it in the exploded state, showing all the components where they are as the thing moves around.
And when you're done, go ahead and hit Stop and you can always hit Home, which brings you right back to the original state it was in, when the model was open. And all the other tools are available at same states, so I can go to the Section view, I can cut this thing in half. I want to section it in exploded state is fine or in the regular state. Go ahead and explode that out, section view still applies. Exploded view allows us to see all the parts separated and is a great way to get an idea of what parts make up an assembly and the methods used to attach the parts together.
- Opening and saving eDrawing files
- Working with AutoCAD, DWG, and DXF files
- Touring the interface
- Measuring a model
- Creating section views
- Looking at exploded views
- Adding measure annotation
- Drawing shapes
- Replying to comments
- Using the eDrawings app for iOS
- Sharing drawings on an iPad