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Get DimXpert Display Dimensions and Feature Example (VBA)

This example shows how to find out if an annotation is a DimXpert display dimension, and, if so, how to get its DimXpert feature.


' Preconditions:

' 1. Ensure that the SolidWorks DimXpert type library is

'    loaded in Tools > References in the IDE.

' 2. Open <SolidWorks_install_dir>\samples\tutorial\api\plate_tolstatus.sldprt.

' 3. Click View > Toolbars > DimXpert (select the first instance of Toolbars

'    on the View menu).

' 4. Click the Auto Dimension Scheme button on

'    the DimXpert toolbar.

' 5. Make sure Chamfer is selected in Feature Filters

'    on the Auto Dimension Scheme PropertyManager page, then click the checkmark

'    to close the page.

' 6. Open an Immediate Window in the IDE.

' 7. Run the macro.


' Postconditions: DimXpert display dimensions are added to the model.


' NOTE: Because this part document is used by a SolidWorks online

'       tutorial, do not save any changes when closing

'       the document.


Option Explicit


Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks

Dim swPart As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

Dim swAnnotation As SldWorks.Annotation

Dim swDisplayDimension As SldWorks.DisplayDimension


Sub main()


    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    Set swPart = swApp.ActiveDoc

    Set swAnnotation = swPart.GetFirstAnnotation2

    Do While (Not (swAnnotation Is Nothing))

        Debug.Print " "

        Debug.Print "Annotation name = " & swAnnotation.GetName

            If swAnnotationType_e.swDisplayDimension = swAnnotation.GetType Then

                Debug.Print "  Is a display dimension? True"

                Set swDisplayDimension = swAnnotation.GetSpecificAnnotation           

                Select Case (swDisplayDimension.Type2)

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swOrdinateDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = base ordinate and its subordinates"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swLinearDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = linear"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swAngularDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type  = angular"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swArcLengthDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = arc length"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swRadialDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = radial"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swDiameterDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = diameter"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swHorOrdinateDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = horizontal ordinate"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swVertOrdinateDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = vertical ordinate"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swZAxisDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = z-axis"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swChamferDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = chamfer dimension"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swHorLinearDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = horizontal linear"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swVertLinearDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = vertical linear"

                   Case swDimensionType_e.swScalarDimension

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = scalar"

                   Case Else

                       Debug.Print "  Display dimension type = unknown"

                End Select


                Debug.Print "  Is a DimXpert display dimension? " & IIf(swDisplayDimension.IsDimXpert = False, "False", "True")


                If swAnnotation.IsDimXpert Then

                    Dim DimXpertFeat As SwDimXpert.DimXpertFeature

                    Dim FeatName As String


                    Set DimXpertFeat = swAnnotation.GetDimXpertFeature()

                    If Not DimXpertFeat Is Nothing Then

                        FeatName = DimXpertFeat.Name

                        Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature name = " & FeatName


                        Select Case (DimXpertFeat.Type)

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Plane

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = plane"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Cylinder

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = cylinder"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Cone

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = cone"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Extrude

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type =extrude"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Fillet

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = fillet"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Chamfer

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = chamfer"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_CompoundHole

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = compound hole"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_CompoundWidth

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = compound width"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_CompoundNotch

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = compound notch"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_CompoundClosedSlot3D

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = compound closed-slot 3D"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_IntersectPoint

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = intersect point"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_IntersectLine

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = intersect line"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_IntersectCircle

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = intersect circle"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_IntersectPlane

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = intersect plane"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Pattern

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = pattern"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Sphere

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = sphere"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_BestfitPlane

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = best-fit plane"

                            Case swDimXpertFeatureType_e.swDimXpertFeature_Surface

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = surface"

                            Case Else

                                Debug.Print "  DimXpert feature type = unknown"

                        End Select

                    End If

                End If


                    Debug.Print "  Not a display dimension"

                End If

            Set swAnnotation = swAnnotation.GetNext3


End Sub

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