Exploded Views in Sketchup....Help!!!

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Forum topic by HuntleyBill posted 12-31-2010 02:40 AM 2337 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2010 02:40 AM

I have searched the web for my specific question and can’t seem to find the answer, so I am turning to the experts at LJ.

I am trying to make a simple box in Sketchup. I have completed making all the components. I have saved them as components. I have a complete assembled drawing. Now I want to make an assembly view and an exploded view. I read you have make a copy of the model and set it off to the side. I did that

I went to FWW and found these steps to make the separate scenes.

To create a Scene, follow these steps:
1. Orbit, zoom, and pan to set up the desired view of the model or component.
2. Click on the minimized Scenes’ bar to open the dialog box.
3. Click on the plus sign icon to add a new scene.
4. Type the name of the scene in the Name text box. You can also add a description, however I generally skip this.
5. Save the scene by clicking on the update icon with the “circular arrows”.

After following this process, a scene tab will appear just below the toolbars. No matter where you are in the model, clicking this scene tab will adjust the camera to retrieve the exact previously saved view.

I created the “Assembly” scene using these steps. I then added an “exploded” view scene using the copy. I exploded all the parts and repeated the steps above.

I then clicked on the “assembly” view and it ALSO was exploded!!! It DID NOT RETREIVE THE EXACT PREVIOUSLY SAVED VIEW! Now I have 2 exploded views and no assembly view!!

Can anyone tell me how to make these separate views? It HAS to be something simple that I am just missing.
Thank you all. Happy New Year

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 04:03 PM

Whenever I try something new in SU (or any other program) I generally make a backup of my datset just in case it gets screwed up in the new process. I guess that advice is too late now, but something to consider for the future.

I’m not sure where you exploded your model, did you do it in the exploded scene or in the original view?

I just re-read your post and it sounds like you exploded the model in the exploded view. I suspect it behaving like it is because the components in the exploded view are essentially the same objects as in the assembly view…you affect one which is carried over to the other scene. You may want to try ‘making them unique’ (I don’t have SU on this computer or I’d explore this and give you step by step instructions). Essentially what you need to do is break the link between the two scenes.

Another (more clumsy way, and the way I’d do it) is to copy the entire project, explode the model there and have two models, one exploded and one assembly view.

Hope this helps (DaveR where are you?).

Happy New Year!

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 12:00 AM

Bill, I know from our offline conversation you got this working but I wanted to clarify something.

I’m guessing before you copied from the assy to the exploded scene, you selected ALL and made this a component(containing other components and groups mabe). You then began ‘editing’ that container component. Before you begain separating your parts, you should have ‘Exploded’ those container components such that no components remain that contain other components.

In a nutshell, when you edit one component, you edit them all. You were editing one of the container components, thus changing them all.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 03:45 AM

I have the shop class disks from popular woodworking. there are 2 video classes on sketchup. they are soup to nuts overview of sketchup including exploded views. Robert Lang is the instructor. I recommend it.


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#4 posted 01-04-2011 02:25 PM

You have to have completely separate models for each view if you are positionally manipulating the components. You would have to copy the item and have an assembled view, and then take the copy of the box and explode it and position it next to the assembled box. Hide all the exploded elements in the assembled view and vice versa..


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#5 posted 01-04-2011 05:31 PM

I use a piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler. Sometimes I get something I can read, sometimes I don’t. I can’t even draw a line in sketchup so I quit trying. Sorry I’m no help at all. Hope you make it. You’re this far along, so you’re smarter than I.


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