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

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Do one of the following options:Click ExplodedView.Click Insert > Exploded View.In theConfigurationManager
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,right-click a configuration name and click New ExplodedView.Select one or more components to include in the first explodestep.
In the PropertyManager, the components appear inExplode Step Components
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. Rotation and translationhandles appear in the graphics area.

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To move or align the handles:

Drag the center ball.Press Alt + drag the center ball or an arm, and drop it onan edge or face to align a translation handle with the edge orface.Press Alt + drag the center ball or a circle, and drop iton a curved edge or surface to align a rotation handle with thecurved 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 componentorigin.
Drag a translation or rotation handle to move selectedcomponents.Modify explode options:OptionDescriptionReverse Direction
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Explode Distance
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Reverse Direction
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Rotation Angle
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Reverses the translation direction.
Specifies the translation distance.
Reverses the rotation direction.
Specifies the rotation angle.
Click Done.
Create more explode steps as required, and click
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The explodedview feature, ExplodedView, appears in theConfigurationManager under the configuration in which the exploded viewwascreated. The explodedsteps appearunder the exploded view. Each configuration can have multiple explodedviews.


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