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How to use a subassembly's exploded view in an assembly

Question asked by Jonathan Gourlie on Apr 12, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 31, 2020 by Matt Hawk

I have an assembly with a sub assembly that I want to show exploded within the assembly exploded view.  I found an explanation of how to do this in Solidworks help,

2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Using a Subassembly's Exploded View

which states

If a subassembly has an exploded view, you can reuse that view in a higher-level assembly.

To use a subassembly's exploded view in an assembly:

  1. Select a subassembly for which you have previously defined an exploded view.
  2. In the PropertyManager, click Reuse Subassembly Explode.The subassembly explodes in the graphics area, and the steps of the subassembly exploded view appear under Explode Steps.



I have tried selecting the sub-assembly in the FeatureManager Design Tree, then selecting the Property Manager tab next to it, as described in the help file, however there is no option to "Reuse Subassembly Explode", it only shows the sub-assembly mates.  I have tried right clicking in the property manager and looking for the 'reuse' option in the menu that pops up with no luck.  I have saved the sub-assembly after creating the exploded view within that sub assembly, I also have another configuration within that sub assembly with an exploded view.


I am using Solidworks 2016 SP2.  Any help figuring this out would be greatly appreciated!