I need to be able to create 'exploded' views for instruction sheets for each project I create in SolidWorks. I'll need views that document each step for the customer to follow to assemble the product. Think of ready-to-assemble furniture... the first steps will only show a few parts, and each additional step will add parts. A typical instruction sheet might have 10 or so assembly views.
For those of you that migrated from Mechanical Desktop, I used MDT's scenes to create the views I needed. MDT is set up in such a way that you can have any number of scenes with as many parts as you choose to show in each view, and they all can be exploded differently. It APPEARS that in SW you can only have one Exploded view, which is a child configuraiton of the Default configuration. Is that correct?
If it is, then can anybody recommend a working way to produce a number of exploded views from an assembly? I've considered individual assembly files with parts in their exploded (or partially assembled) states, but that seems like a messy way to do it. I thought about using Animator, but I've never used it and I'm not sure that it would do what I need.
Suggestions? Do any of you have experience with this sort of thing? I'm open to anything. Thanks,