Finally! The only boring part of making an exploded view (connecting all of the parts with explode lines) has been automated with SOLIDWORKS 2018! No longer will time be spent connecting each bolt to each nut in your exploded view. The new ‘insert/edit smart explode lines’ tool works great and will save time when making any exploded view.
How does SOLIDWORKS Smart Explode Lines work?
Starting with an exploded view, you can add all of the explode lines with one click (based on the directions you drag the parts in the explode steps).
With one click, all of the explode lines are added using the bounding box center by default.
SOLIDWORKS Smart Explode Lines Editing Options
Just as with all SOLIDWORKS commands, the options are numerous on how the explode lines will be created.
Changing to the component origin may clarify the explode route for a component. The change is applied to the selected exploded component, or there is an option to apply to all instances of the component (i.e. fasteners)!
Finally specifying a point allows complete control of the explode lines while not requiring duplication of work.
To get the increased functionality of Smart Explode Lines upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018.