EXPLODE command

Reduces complex entities to simpler ones.

BricsCAD Shape; BricsCAD Lite; BricsCAD Pro; BricsCAD Mechanical; BricsCAD BIM


Alias: X


Reduces complex entities to simpler ones, such as blocks into constituent parts, and polylines into lines and arcs.

Note: Entities on frozen and locked layers are not exploded.


The result depends on the entities you selected:

  • Polylines become lines and arcs. Width is lost.
  • Regions become lines, arcs and splines.
  • Dimensions becomes lines, text, and solids (arrowheads).
  • Blocks become individual entities and nested blocks. You may need to use Explode a second time.
    Note: Only blocks that have Explodable property set can be exploded. Non-Uniformly scaled blocks can be exploded only if EXPLMODE=ON.
  • ByBlock colors and linetypes may change.
  • Attributes revert to attribute definitions.
  • 3D surface entities become 3D faces.
  • Meshes become 3D faces.
Note: Simple entities, such as line and circles, cannot be exploded.