For simple static views, "make 2d" will work but the visual effect is not the same as the solid model visually exploded. If you have an example that illustrated something similar to what I have posted Id be interested in seeing it. And as the model becomes more complicated I dont see "make 2d "working well at all to do this. Most of my work is pretty complex the examples shown are really pretty simple. To make 2d of some of my work the process may take 15-30 minutes
"Snap shot" by the name of it sounds like it would do what I want, but I have not had any success at doing what I wish to do with it. I may not be using it right but with the times I have used it, when the model changes the layout still changes to reflect the models current state.
In the end I really would like to be able have this model (or any other ) exist as its un-exploded and un make 2d self as the saved file
But its layouts be it of an exploded view, its make 2d view (or any other view) be part of it the original assembled saved model that is shown above (Hopefully I have been clear)
Make 2d works for one layout but not the other,
As you stated at the beginning there seems to be no good answer at least right now in how to do this. Perhaps Snap shot will do this but the last time I was playing with it, it didn't.
Ill try the plug-in, It should be fun to play with.