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Insert and Save Virtual Assembly Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to create and save a virtual sub-assembly.

'-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions:
' 1. Open an assembly document.
' 2. Open an Immediate Window.
' 3. Run this macro.
'
' Postconditions:
' 1. First, Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components

'    to external files is selected, and InsertNewAssembly is called, passing in

'    FileName to save the sub-assembly:
'    a. MyTestValveAssembly<1> displays in the FeatureManager design tree.
'    b. MyTestValveAssembly.sldasm is saved in the assembly's directory.
' 2. Next, Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components

'    to external files is de-selected, and InsertNewAssembly is called,

'    passing in FileName to save the sub-assembly.
'    a. A virtual sub-assembly displays in the FeatureManager design tree.
'    b. The FileName parameter is ignored, and the virtual sub-assembly

'       is not saved.
' 3. The Immediate Window displays the error codes

'    as defined in swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e.
'------------------------------------
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

Partial Class SolidWorksMacro

    
Dim swModel As ModelDoc2
    
Dim swAssy As AssemblyDoc
    
Dim tmpPath As String
    Dim boolstat As Boolean
    Dim longstatus As Long
    Dim longwarnings As Long

    Sub Main()

        
' Turn on Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components to external files
        swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle(swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swSaveNewComponentsToExternalFile, True)

        swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
        boolstat =
True
        Dim strCompModelname As String
        strCompModelname = "MyTestValveAssembly.sldasm"

        ' Save the new assembly in the same folder as the original assembly
        tmpPath = Left(swModel.GetPathName, InStrRev(swModel.GetPathName, "\"))
        swAssy = swModel

        
' Create a virtual sub-assembly and print the error code as defined in swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e
        Debug.Print("First virtual sub-assembly created and saved? " & swAssy.InsertNewAssembly(tmpPath + strCompModelname))

        
' Turn off Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components to external files
        swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle(swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swSaveNewComponentsToExternalFile, False)

        
' Create another virtual sub-assembly and print the error code as defined in swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e
        Debug.Print("Second virtual sub-assembly created but not saved? " & swAssy.InsertNewAssembly(tmpPath + strCompModelname))
    
End Sub

  
    
Public swApp As SldWorks


End Class

 



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