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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View Enhancements

Article by Bryan Sprange, CSWE created/updated October 1, 2018

With the updates to SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View, it is now easier than ever to make the highly informative views to which you are accustomed. To explore the enhancements I’m going to update the exploded view for this cable hoist:

The existing exploded view for my cable hoist design needs updating

The existing exploded view for my cable hoist design needs updating

Rollback bar for Exploded Views?!

The first update is adding a rollback bar to both the configuration manager display of the exploded view, and the property manager while creating or editing. The rollback bar functions just like in the feature manager allowing me to travel through time to easily see the exploded view step by step, and add or change steps based on the current display!

The new rollback bar in exploded views lets me time travel within the model!

Reorder without editing

I can even change the order of my explode steps easily without having to edit the exploded view, just like moving a feature in the feature manager.

Exploded View

I can even change the order of my exploded view without going in and editing!

Name explode steps on creation

When adding a new explosion step, the capability to name the step while it is being created means that I can input clarity to my exploded view as I develop it, and the new step will be placed directly above the rollback bar just like I’m used to in the feature manager. I also noticed that the rollback bar stays in place when I switch from the Configuration manager to the property manager.

Giving each step a name on creation adds clarity

Suppress Explosion steps

The final update is that I can suppress and unsuppress explosion steps. Similar to the rollback bar, I can do this in the property manager or the configuration manager and SOLIDWORKS lets me work as I would in the part modelling environment.

Suppress and Unsuppress explosion steps

Why is the addition of an Exploded View Rollback Bar important?

It is seemingly simple updates like the ones to exploded views in 2019 which really help with productivity by keeping the user interface consistent through features, and making subtle tweaks that I find really drive the ease of use for SOLIDWORKS. Having a rollback bar both in the editing environment, and when simply viewing your model in the exploded state also streamlines the process of checking your exploded views, and stepping through the process of assembling or dismantling a model.

Make sure to pay attention to the Javelin Blog for other fantastic enhancements to the Assembly modelling environment and all other areas of SOLIDWORKS!

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Bryan Sprange, CSWE

Bryan Sprange is a Technical Solutions Expert at Javelin located in Winnipeg, MB., Canada. He has previously worked in the Aerospace industry as a Designer, and a Manufacturing Engineering Planner. Additionally, he has used many different CAD packages ranging from AutoCAD to CATIA. Bryan has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and enjoys using all of the SOLIDWORKS features to their limits to find new and interesting ways to be efficient and accurate when helping customers with their designs.

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