Is there a way to do a radial explode? I want to blow out all 8 of these screws at once from a center axis, as below.
AFAIK there isn't a way to do this in one step. This is yet another area where SolidWorks' feature depth is sorely lacking. The exploding is really poor IMO. Its a real pitty as this is (yet another) one of those things that engineering/design/technical departments DO yet SW Corp think its worthless.
You will most likely have to create seperate explode steps for each scew i beleive.
That's discouraging. It's not bad when there's 2 or 4 screws along an xyz axis, but it sucks to do 8 screws this way.
I'm also finding that it would be nice if you could flip the feature for the auto space feature in the explode step. For some reason it likes to put my washers on the wrong sides of my screws - every time.
Though you can't explode them at once but you can have them in separate steps. Draw a sketch to define the direction of the explode and use that for moving the screws.
Deepak, you don't need a sketch line to explode in that direction just use a face that's normal to the direction, in this case the bottom of the screw.
Or better yet, right-click on the center dot of the Triad and go "Align with Component Origin", and then you can drag the part out in the correct direction.
Thanks Stephen and Steve for the tip.
Hey, we Steve's stick together
BTW, we now have a seat or two of 3dvia and I'm prety certain it can do radial explosions (in a few simple steps).
Wow gona be great tool to have
I bet if you spin your monitor really hard, the centrifugal forces will send those screws out .....
It's a slow week, sorry.
Much better approach I believe.
Well seems a kind of limitation using straight foward the functionality of the assy explode tooll when you are using whatever technique to move different parts in multiple directions, which includes the radial explosion.So I thought on the old fashion tool called "Geometric Condition" that could move in one single common direction keeping the axial conditon using the explode tool. Suggestion to go around that could be using the Pattern the Screws and do move one of them. So, for now here is the "Geometric Condition" that i created using another example with a espherical conditon with three screws to define an axis Normal to the common plane defined by three points selected in each screw.The triad that I use was the one with Z Normal to that plane. See picture view. Hope help out for new ideas .
Here is a way to achieve a radial explode using configurations, on that approach using pattern of the screw you can move the seed screw on the axial direction or even get a mate distance to position the seed screw on the second configuration:
Robert, there can be lot of way to do it but I guess Peter wants to have that with exploded view option.
Robert, that's not a bad work around, if a little cumbersome. I'm already doing a lot of configs for my various exploded views (I got about 120 parts). I suppose I can dig into derived configs.
Deepak, you're right - ideally I'd like a check box that would let you switch from linear to radial explodes.
Thx for the input everyone. Especially about spinning the monitor, that one seems to work best when I'm losing patience.
Sure. Good Luck on this challenge! So, I just add an input on another hint ( maybe you already know it) on derived configurations that i just find out another day; Derived configurations can be copied down simple using the windows well known trick of copy and paste. Just select/highlight everything you wanna copy and 'Cntrl C' and place the cursor down on the empty space and "paste" ( Cntrl V) and rename it as you wish.
Let us know if you got a way to explode with fewer steps.
Thanks Deepak for clarify.
FYI, this feature was added in SW 2015. 2015 What's New in SOLIDWORKS - Radial Explode Enjoy!
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