SOLIDWORKS 2017 allows you to create an Exploded View of a Routed Assembly

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated November 14, 2016


In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS we bore witness to many interesting behaviors when attempting to create an exploded view of a routed assembly.  This has been corrected in SOLIDWORKS 2017. After a test drive of the expanded functionality, we are pleased to report that exploded views of routed assemblies and sub-assemblies can be generated with the same ease as any other type of assembly.

Exploded Route

Exploded Route

The steps to create the exploded view are identical to those steps involved in creating any type of exploded view.  Both Regular and Radial step exploded views are available. Prior error messages that were generated by the interaction between the routed sub-assemblies, and the explode tool should no longer appear.

One limitation is you cannot use the exploded view tool on a flattened route.

Our hope for the SOLIDWORKS 2017 exploded route functionality is that it will save you time allowing you to avoid using workarounds to simulate exploded views for your routed systems.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.