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Create Attribute Example (VBA)

This example shows how to create an instance of attribute and display that attribute in the FeatureManager design tree.

 

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

'

' Preconditions:

'       (1) Part or assembly is open.

'       (2) Something is selected.

'

' Postconditions: An attribute is added to the selected entity.

'

' NOTES:

'        * Attribute definition is as follows:

'

'           Name = "TDE_XML_string"

'

'           Parameter:

'               Name = "flange_len_dim_name"

'               Type = swParamTypeString

'

'           Parameter:

'               Name = "flange_len_value"

'               Type = swParamTypeDouble

'

'        * Attribute is not shown in FeatureManager design tree

'          until you rebuild, because attributes

'          are normally created hidden and refreshing the

'          FeatureManager design tree is an expensive operation.

'

'        * Attributes are allocated by name, and the names must be

'          unique across the model.

'

'        * The selected object must present the Entity interface.

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

Option Explicit

Public Enum swParamType_e    ' For use with AttributeDef::AddParameter, for example

        swParamTypeDouble = 0

        swParamTypeString = 1

        swParamTypeInteger = 2

        swParamTypeDVector = 3

End Enum

Public Enum swInConfigurationOpts_e

    swThisConfiguration = 1

    swAllConfiguration = 2

    swSpecifyConfiguration = 3

End Enum

 

Sub main()

'   1 = invisible

'   0 = visible

Const CreateVisible         As Long = 0

Const AttDefName            As String = "TDE_XML_string"

Const AttLenDimName         As String = "flange_len_dim_name"

Const AttLenValueName       As String = "flange_len_value"

Const AttRootName           As String = "TDE"

    Dim swApp                   As SldWorks.SldWorks

    Dim swModel                 As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

    Dim swSelMgr                As SldWorks.SelectionMgr

    Dim swFeat                  As Object

    Dim swEnt                   As SldWorks.entity

    Dim swAttDef                As SldWorks.attributeDef

    Dim swAtt                   As SldWorks.Attribute

    Dim swParamName             As SldWorks.Parameter

    Dim swParamValue            As SldWorks.Parameter

    Dim AttName                 As String

    Dim i                       As Long

    Dim bRet                    As Boolean

        

    Set swApp = CreateObject("SldWorks.Application")

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc

    Set swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager

    Set swFeat = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject5(1)

    Set swEnt = swFeat

    

    Set swAttDef = swApp.DefineAttribute(AttDefName)

    

    bRet = swAttDef.AddParameter(AttLenDimName, swParamTypeString, 0#, 0)

    bRet = swAttDef.AddParameter(AttLenValueName, swParamTypeDouble, 0#, 0)

    

    bRet = swAttDef.Register

    

    While swAtt Is Nothing

        ' Get a unique attribute name

        i = i + 1

        AttName = AttRootName + Str(i)

        

        Set swAtt = swAttDef.CreateInstance5(swModel, swEnt, AttName, _

                        CreateVisible, swThisConfiguration)

    Wend

    

    Set swParamName = swAtt.GetParameter(AttLenDimName)

    Set swParamValue = swAtt.GetParameter(AttLenValueName)

    

    bRet = swParamName.SetStringValue2(AttName & " - " & AttLenDimName, swAllConfiguration, "")

    bRet = swParamValue.SetDoubleValue2(i * 10, swAllConfiguration, "")

    

    Debug.Print "File = " & swModel.GetPathName

    If Not swAtt Is Nothing Then

        Debug.Print "  " & AttDefName & "(" & i - 1 & ") = " & AttName

    Else

        Debug.Print "  Attribute not created."

    End If

End Sub

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