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Can you explode by assembly instead of every actor?

Question asked by Brandon Anderson on Jan 26, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 13, 2018 by Brandon Anderson

So we just got composer. We just went through some very basic training in which every assembly was only like 10 parts. We make large machines with thousands of parts and so I'm trying to figure out how to scale up what we can do with composer, starting with the explodes.

What I'm seeing so far is that whenever you explode something it explodes every actor from the top to the bottom. That makes for an impressive, totally useless explosion of all of the parts. It's incredibly hard for me to believe that there is no way to lock assemblies together while doing an explode so that not everything is exploded. For example, if I'm making a parts book and I have a solidworks assembly of a weldment, I do not want the pieces of that weldment to explode. I'm not going to sell a customer a part of a weldment. So in order to make the explosion, I would have to one by one, translate each assembly because the explode command does not have a way to explode by level. Is that correct? Or am I missing something? (Please tell me that I am missing something!!!)