Creating Exploded Views (Assemblies)

You create exploded views by selecting and dragging parts in the graphics area, creating one or more explode steps.

To create an exploded view:

  1. Do one of the following options:
    • Click Exploded View .
    • Click Insert > Exploded View.
    • In the ConfigurationManager , right-click a configuration name and click New Exploded View.
  2. Select one or more components to include in the first explode step.
    In the PropertyManager, the components appear in Explode Step Components . Rotation and translation handles appear in the graphics area.

    To move or align the handles:

    • Drag the center ball.
    • Press Alt + drag the center ball or an arm, and drop it on an edge or face to align a translation handle with the edge or face.
    • Press Alt + drag the center ball or a circle, and drop it on a curved edge or surface to align a rotation handle with the curved edge or surface.
    • Right-click the center ball and select Align to, Align with Component Origin, or Align with Assembly Origin.
    • In the PropertyManager, select Rotate about each component origin.
  3. Drag a translation or rotation handle to move selected components.
  4. Modify explode options:
    Option Description
    Reverse Direction Reverses the translation direction.
    Explode Distance Specifies the translation distance.
    Reverse Direction Reverses the rotation direction.
    Rotation Angle Specifies the rotation angle.
  5. Click Done.
    The explode step appears under Explode Steps.
  6. Create more explode steps as required, and click .

    The exploded view feature, Exploded View , appears in the ConfigurationManager under the configuration in which the exploded view was created. The exploded steps appear under the exploded view. Each configuration can have multiple exploded views.