Exploded view alternate directions

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When creating an exploded view in SolidWorks it is simple to move your parts in the local coordinate system along X, Y, and Z. What if you want to move a part in a different direction? In order to accomplish this we need to reorient the coordinate system. You will first select the component you want to move, then click in the box called z@(name of your assembly)

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You will then select a new reference. In this example I am choosing the outer cylindrical surface of the part.

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Notice how the reference triad has repositioned itself so Z is along the central axis of the cylinder. Just drag the blue error how you would normally move a component.

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Another method to accomplish this is to use a sketch line instead of a component face. The sketch line can be 2d or 3d.

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Thanks,

Jordan Nardick, CSWE
Applications Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, INC.