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Get DimXpert Intersect Features Example (VBA)

This example shows how to build a part and get attributes for the following DimXpert features:

 

    *  Intersect Point

    *  Intersect Line

    *  Intersect Circle

    *  Intersect Plane

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' Preconditions:

' 1. Open <SolidWorks_install_dir>\samples\tutorial\api\face_plate_ads_geo.sldprt.

' 2. Open the DimXpert toolbar from View > Toolbars

'    (select the first instance of Toolbars on the View menu).

' 3. Create an Intersect Point Dimxpert Feature:

'    a. Click the Location Dimension icon on the DimXpert toolbar.

'    b. Select the front face of the part.

'    c. Select the Create Intersection Point icon from the DimXpert pop-up menu.

'    d. Select a cylinder whose axis intersects the first face at a point.

'    e. Click the green check mark in the pop-up menu to create the

'       intersect point.

'    f. Select a feature on the part to dimension against the intersect point.

'    g. Click away from the part to position the dimension in the view.

'    h. Observe the new Dimxpert feature on the DimXpertManager tab:  

'       Intersect Point1

' 4. Create an Intersect Line Dimxpert Feature:

'    a. Click the Location Dimension icon on the DimXpert toolbar.

'    b. Select the front face of the part.

'    c. Select the Create Intersection Line icon from the DimXpert pop-up menu.

'    d. Select a perpendicular plane that would intersect the first plane

'       if extended (e.g., a top or side face of the part)

'    e. Click the green check mark in the pop-up menu to create the

'       intersect line.

'    f. Select a feature on the part to dimension against the intersect line.

'    g. Click away from the part to position the dimension in the view.

'    h. Observe the new Dimxpert feature on the DimXpertManager tab:  

'       Intersect Line1

' 5. Create an Intersect Circle Dimxpert Feature:

'    a. Click the Size Dimension icon on the DimXpert toolbar.

'    b. Select the front face of the part.

'    c. Select the Intersect Circle icon from the DimXpert pop-up menu.

'    d. Select the opening conical surface of a flat head machine screw

'      (LPattern1 or LPattern3) in the part.

'    e. Click the green check mark in the pop-up menu to finish the dimension.

'    f. Click away from the part to position the size dimension in the view.

'    g. Observe the new Dimxpert feature on the DimXpertManager tab:  

'       Intersect Circle1

' 6. Create an Intersect Plane Dimxpert Feature:

'    a. Click the Location Dimension icon on the DimXpert toolbar.

'    b. Zoom in on a flat head machine screw (LPattern1 or LPattern3).

'    c. Select the opening conical surface of a flat head machine screw

'       in the part.

'    d. Select the Intersect Plane icon from the DimXpert pop-up menu.

'    e. Select the inner cylindrical bore face of the flat head machine screw.

'    f. Click the green check mark in the pop-up menu to create the

'       intersect plane.

'    g. Select the top face of one of the extruded entities.

'    h. Click away from the part to position the location dimension in the view.

'    i. Observe the new Dimxpert feature on the DimXpertManager tab:  

'       Intersect Plane1

' 7. Open an Immediate window in the IDE.

' 8. Ensure that the latest SolidWorks DimXpert type library is loaded

'    in Tools > References.

'

' Postconditions: Compare the output in the Immediate Window with the features

' displayed on the DimXpertManager tab of the Management Panel.

' NOTE: Because this part is used in a SolidWorks online tutorial,

' do not save any changes when you close it.

'--------------------------------------------------

Option Explicit

Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks

Dim swModel As ModelDoc2

Dim swModelDocExt As ModelDocExtension

Dim swSelMgr As SelectionMgr

Dim swConfig As Configuration

Dim swFeature As feature

Dim swAnn As feature

Dim swSchema As DimXpertManager

Dim swDXPart As DimXpertPart

Dim featureType As swDimXpertFeatureType_e

Dim features As Variant

Dim appliedFeatures As Variant

Dim appliedAnnotations As Variant

Dim appliedAnnotation As DimXpertAnnotation

Dim feature As DimXpertFeature

Dim feature1 As DimXpertFeature

Dim feature2 As DimXpertFeature

Dim appliedFeature As DimXpertFeature

Dim msgStr As String

Dim msgStr2 As String

Dim msgStr3 As String

Dim msgStr4 As String

Dim n As Long

Dim o As Long

Dim p As Long

Dim x As Double

Dim y As Double

Dim z As Double

Dim i As Double

Dim j As Double

Dim k As Double

Dim radius As Double

Dim boolstatus As Boolean

Sub main()

    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc

    

    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension

    Set swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager

    

    ' Get the default DimXpert schema using IModelDocExtension.DimXpertManager()

    

    Set swSchema = swModelDocExt.DimXpertManager("Default", True)

    

    ' Get IDimXpertPart from the IDimXpertManager

    Set swDXPart = swSchema.DimXpertPart

    

    Dim featCount As Long

    featCount = swDXPart.GetFeatureCount

    msgStr = "Total of "

    msgStr2 = featCount

    msgStr = msgStr + msgStr2 + " DimXpert features in " + (swSchema.SchemaName)

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    

    ' Get IDimXpert features through IDimXpertPart

    

    features = swDXPart.GetFeatures

    

    msgStr = (swSchema.SchemaName) + " has the following features: "

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    For n = 0 To UBound(features)

        Set feature = features(n)

        Debug.Print "  " + "Feature name: " + (feature.Name)

        

        featureType = feature.Type

        Call GetPatternType(featureType, msgStr2)

        

        msgStr = "     Feature type "

        msgStr3 = " is suppressed on the DimXpertManager tab? "

        msgStr4 = feature.IsSuppressed()

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2 + msgStr3 + msgStr4

        

        msgStr = "     " + "Model feature: "

        Set swFeature = feature.GetModelFeature()

        If Not (swFeature Is Nothing) Then

            msgStr2 = swFeature.GetTypeName2()

            Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        End If

        

        msgStr = "     " + "Number of SolidWorks face entities in this feature: "

        msgStr2 = feature.GetFaceCount

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        

        msgStr = "     " + "Number of applied features: "

        msgStr2 = feature.GetAppliedFeatureCount()

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        

        appliedFeatures = feature.GetAppliedFeatures()

        If Not (IsEmpty(appliedFeatures)) Then

            For o = 0 To UBound(appliedFeatures)

                Set appliedFeature = appliedFeatures(o)

                Debug.Print "        " + "Applied feature name: " + (appliedFeature.Name)

            Next

        End If

        

        msgStr = "     " + "Number of applied annotations: "

        msgStr2 = feature.GetAppliedAnnotationCount()

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        

        appliedAnnotations = feature.GetAppliedAnnotations()

        If Not (IsEmpty(appliedAnnotations)) Then

            For p = 0 To UBound(appliedAnnotations)

                Set appliedAnnotation = appliedAnnotations(p)

                Debug.Print "        " + "Applied annotation name: " + (appliedAnnotation.Name)

            Next

        End If

        

        Debug.Print "     "

    Next

    

    ' If you know the name of a DimXpert feature, you can get it directly using IDimXpertPart.GetFeature("name"),

    ' which can return a general IDimXpertFeature or a more specific interface on the feature

    

    ' Get IDimXpertIntersectCircleFeature for the Intersect Circle1 feature

    Dim iCircleFeature As IDimXpertIntersectCircleFeature

    Set iCircleFeature = swDXPart.GetFeature("Intersect Circle1")

    msgStr = iCircleFeature.Name + " is a DimXpert intersect circle feature"

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    

    boolstatus = iCircleFeature.GetIntersectFeature(feature2)

    Debug.Print "Intersect feature: " + feature2.Name

 

    ' Get the nominal circle parameters

    boolstatus = iCircleFeature.GetNominalCircle(radius, x, y, z, i, j, k)

    If boolstatus Then

        msgStr = "   The nominal circle has the following parameters:"

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr = "      Radius is "

        msgStr2 = radius

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      x-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = x

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      y-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = y

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      z-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = z

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      i-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = i

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      j-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = j

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      k-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = k

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

    End If

 

     Dim plane As IDimXpertPlaneFeature

     boolstatus = iCircleFeature.GetPlaneFeature(plane)

    If boolstatus Then

        msgStr = "   The nominal circle has the following plane feature: "

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr2 = plane.Name

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

    End If

    

    ' Get IDimXpertIntersectLineFeature for the Intersect Line1 feature

    Dim iLineFeature As IDimXpertIntersectLineFeature

    Set iLineFeature = swDXPart.GetFeature("Intersect Line1")

    msgStr = iLineFeature.Name + " is a DimXpert intersect line feature"

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    

    ' Get the nominal line parameters

    boolstatus = iLineFeature.GetNominalLine(x, y, z, i, j, k)

    If boolstatus Then

        msgStr = "   The nominal line has the following parameters:"

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr = "      x-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = x

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      y-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = y

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      z-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = z

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      i-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = i

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      j-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = j

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      k-component of pierce vector is "

        msgStr2 = k

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

    End If

    

    Dim plane1 As IDimXpertPlaneFeature

    Dim plane2 As IDimXpertPlaneFeature

    

    boolstatus = iLineFeature.GetPlaneFeatures(plane1, plane2)

    If boolstatus Then

        msgStr = "   The nominal line has the following plane features:"

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr = "      plane1 is "

        msgStr2 = plane1.Name

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      plane2 is "

        msgStr2 = plane2.Name

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        

    End If

 

    ' Get IDimXpertIntersectPlaneFeature for the Intersect Plane1 feature

    Dim iPlaneFeature As IDimXpertIntersectPlaneFeature

    Set iPlaneFeature = swDXPart.GetFeature("Intersect Plane1")

    msgStr = iPlaneFeature.Name + " is a DimXpert intersect plane feature"

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    

    ' Get the two features used to construct the intersect plane

    boolstatus = iPlaneFeature.GetFeatures(feature1, feature2)

    

        msgStr = "   The plane intersects the following DimXpert features:"

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr = "      Feature1 is "

        msgStr2 = feature1.Name

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      Feature2 is "

        msgStr2 = feature2.Name

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

   

    

    ' Get IDimXpertIntersectPointFeature for the Intersect Point1 feature

    Dim iPointFeature As IDimXpertIntersectPointFeature

    Set iPointFeature = swDXPart.GetFeature("Intersect Point1")

    msgStr = iPointFeature.Name + " is a DimXpert intersect point feature"

    Debug.Print ""

    Debug.Print msgStr

    

    ' Get the nominal point

    boolstatus = iPointFeature.GetNominalPoint(x, y, z)

    If boolstatus Then

        msgStr = "   The nominal point has the following parameters:"

        Debug.Print msgStr

        msgStr = "      x-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = x

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      y-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = y

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

        msgStr = "      z-coordinate is "

        msgStr2 = z

        Debug.Print msgStr + msgStr2

    End If

    

End Sub

Public Sub GetPatternType(ByRef featureType, ByRef msgStr2)

    If (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Plane) Then

            msgStr2 = "Plane"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Cylinder) Then

            msgStr2 = "Cylinder"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Cone) Then

            msgStr2 = "Cone"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Extrude) Then

            msgStr2 = "Extrude"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Fillet) Then

            msgStr2 = "Fillet"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Chamfer) Then

            msgStr2 = "Chamfer"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_CompoundHole) Then

            msgStr2 = "CompoundHole"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_CompoundWidth) Then

            msgStr2 = "CompoundWidth"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_CompoundNotch) Then

            msgStr2 = "CompoundNotch"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_CompoundClosedSlot3D) Then

            msgStr2 = "CompoundClosedSlot3D"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_IntersectPoint) Then

            msgStr2 = "IntersectPoint"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_IntersectLine) Then

            msgStr2 = "IntersectLine"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_IntersectCircle) Then

            msgStr2 = "IntersectCircle"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_IntersectPlane) Then

            msgStr2 = "IntersectPlane"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Pattern) Then

            msgStr2 = "Pattern"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Sphere) Then

            msgStr2 = "Sphere"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_BestfitPlane) Then

            msgStr2 = "Bestfit Plane"

    ElseIf (featureType = swDimXpertFeature_Surface) Then

            msgStr2 = "Surface"

    End If

    

End Sub---



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