Exploding and shattering objects is a huge part of the fun of creating VFX and motion graphics. However, to do this in Element 3D you first need to get your hands on some pre-fractured 3D models, as Element 3D doesn't allow you to break up the 3D models from within the interface.
Element 3D - the exciting new After Effects plug-in from Video Copilot is beginning to inspire some very innovative workflows. After Effects has never really been considered a viable option for 3D modelling, apart from simple shapes using plug-ins such as Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro. Element 3D now makes 3D modelling a reality, right within After Effects. It probably isn't the easiest way to create 3D models, but Element 3D now makes it possible if you're comfortable in After Effects and don't want to learn a dedicated 3D program.