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Get Component Name From Selected Entity Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to get the name of a component to possibly use with a future call to IModelDocExtension::SelectByID2, when selectively opening the assembly document and specific components using ISldWorks::OpenDoc7 and IDocumentSpecification, etc. This example also shows how to get and set a component reference.


' Preconditions:

' 1. An assembly document, with components, is open and active.

' 2. An entity (face, edge, vertex, or loop) on any component is selected.


' Postconditions: A component reference is added to the component to which

' the entity belongs.


Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks

Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst

Imports System

Imports System.Diagnostics


Partial Class SolidWorksMacro


    Public Sub main()


        Dim swModel As ModelDoc2

        Dim swSelectionMgr As SelectionMgr

        Dim swEntity As Entity

        Dim swComponent As Component2


        swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc


        ' Get the selected entity (i.e., face, edge, vertex, or loop)

        ' and get the name of its component

        swSelectionMgr = swModel.SelectionManager

        swEntity = swSelectionMgr.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)

        swComponent = swEntity.GetComponent


        ' Print the name of the component to which the

        ' the selected entity belongs

        Debug.Print("Name of component to which the selected entity belongs: " & swComponent.GetSelectByIDString)


        ' Set a component reference to this component

        swComponent.ComponentReference = "TestComponentReference"

         Debug.Print "Component reference added to the component to which the selected entity belongs: " & swComponent.ComponentReference


       ' Rebuild the assembly to see the component reference

       ' beside the name of the component to which the selected

       ' entity belongs, in the FeatureManager design tree

       swModel.ForceRebuild3 True


    End Sub


    ''' <summary>

    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.

    ''' </summary>

    Public swApp As SldWorks


End Class

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