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EXPLODED VIEWS

V. Ryan 2002

 

Exploded views are often a good way of showing detail. The animation below shows the pens being disassembled and then reassembled. In an exploded drawing the pens would only be drawn with all the parts disassembled (taken apart). It is important to recognise that all the parts are in line with each other, drawn usually along a centre line which is drawn through the entire centre of the design.

 

   

This is an example of a joint for wood called a comb or finger joint. In an exploded drawing the joint would be drawn disassembled (taken apart). In this way it is possible to see how the joints looks before it is glued together. An exploded view can make designs and ideas easier to explain especially when adding detailed notes. The animation shows the joint being disassembled and then reassembled.

   
1. How could you use exploded views in your project ?

2. Draw an item of your choice as an exploded view.

   

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