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Section 4.2.9

Exploded Views

Exploded views present the interrelated parts of a complex object in near proximity so that youraudience can see at a glance the total effect of the placement or interaction of part to whole, asshown in Figure 18.

Figure 18

All parts of an object in an exploded view are identified by name. The figure as a whole is given anumber and a caption in a writtenreport.

Figures of this type are useful for quick, at-a-glance introduction of complex objects (sometimes, thepoint of an exploded view is to show just how complex a familiar object can be). Exploded views do not allowyou to focus on parts of the apparatus, however. Therefore, combine this kind of illustration withmore detailed illustrations for a complete analysis.

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