Where Did My Exploded View Go in SolidWorks?

Have you ever encountered the frustrating situation where your exploded view disappears in SolidWorks? You spend all this time meticulously creating an exploded view, only to have it vanish into thin air.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is a common issue that many SolidWorks users face. But fear not, there are a few simple steps you can take to bring back your exploded view.

1. Check Your Configuration

The first thing you need to do is check your configuration. Sometimes, the exploded view may be hidden or suppressed in a specific configuration.

To check this, go to the Configuration Manager tab on the left-hand side of your SolidWorks window. Expand the configuration tree and look for any configurations where the exploded view may be hidden or suppressed.

Here’s how:

  1. Select the desired configuration from the list.
  2. Right-click on it and choose “Properties”.
  3. In the “Properties” window, make sure that the checkbox next to “Show exploded state” is selected.
  4. If it’s already selected and you still can’t see the exploded view, try unchecking and rechecking the box to force SolidWorks to update.

2. Check Your Display State

If your exploded view is still missing, it’s time to check your display state. Display states allow you to save different views of your model with specific configurations and display settings. It’s possible that you accidentally switched to a display state where the exploded view is hidden or suppressed.

To check your display state:

  • Go to the “Configuration Manager” tab.
  • Expand the configuration tree and locate the display state you are using.
  • If you are unsure which display state you are currently using, look for a checkmark next to the display state name.
  • Right-click on the display state and choose “Properties”.

If your exploded view is still not appearing, try switching to a different display state and then back to your original one. This can often resolve any issues with hidden or suppressed views.

3. Rebuild Your Exploded View

If all else fails, you may need to rebuild your exploded view from scratch. It’s possible that something went wrong during the initial creation process, causing SolidWorks to lose track of the exploded view. While this can be time-consuming, it’s often the most effective solution.

To rebuild your exploded view:

  1. Delete any existing exploded views from your model.
  2. Create a new exploded view using the same steps you used initially.
  3. Make sure to save your changes and update any configurations or display states as necessary.

By following these steps, you should be able to bring back your disappeared exploded view in SolidWorks. Remember to check your configuration and display state settings first before resorting to rebuilding the entire exploded view. With a little patience and troubleshooting, you’ll have your exploded view back in no time!