You all are gonna flip, or rather, explode, when you see this. I’ve been looking for 3D CAD news out of Siggraph08 that happened last week, but have not found much beyond some announcements about rendering models.

Fortunately, Mark Treadwell from Premier Rides came across some info and filled me in. A team from Berkeley has developed an automated system for viewing interactive 3D exploded views of models. Check out the video after the break.

Not only does it automate the production of exploded views from a systematic algorithm, it also creates diagrams of the parts in a way that you can interact with them to visualize assemblies and sub-assemblies as they are naturally assembled and dis-assembled. It’s the way this 3D jazz should have always worked. The video shows it all.

Interactive 3D Exploded View Diagrams from Solidsmack on Vimeo.


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