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Set Material Example (VBA)

This example shows how to get the names of the material schema, material databases, and bodies in a part document. This example also shows how to apply a SolidWorks Material to all of the bodies in a part document.


' Preconditions: Specified document exists.


' Postconditions: The material ABS PC from the

' SolidWorks Material database is applied to all

' bodies in the open part document.


' NOTE: Because the part document is

' used elsewhere, do not save any changes

' when closing it.


Option Explicit


Sub main()


    Dim swApp                       As SldWorks.SldWorks

    Dim swModel                     As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

    Dim swPart                      As SldWorks.PartDoc

    Dim swBody                      As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim errors                      As Long

    Dim warnings                    As Long

    Dim vMatDBarr                   As Variant

    Dim vMatDB                      As Variant

    Dim Bodies                      As Variant

    Dim BodyMaterialError           As Long

    Dim sMatName                    As String

    Dim sMatDB                      As String

    Dim itr                         As Long

    Dim boolstat                    As Boolean


    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    ' Open the document

    Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6("c:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\multibody\multi_inter.sldprt", swDocPART, swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)

    Set swPart = swModel


    ' Get the material schema and names

    ' of available materials databases

    vMatDBarr = swApp.GetMaterialDatabases

    Debug.Print "Material schema pathname = " & swApp.GetMaterialSchemaPathName

    For Each vMatDB In vMatDBarr

        Debug.Print "  Material database: " & vMatDB


    Debug.Print ""


    Bodies = swPart.GetBodies2(swAllBodies, False)    

    For itr = 0 To UBound(Bodies)

        Set swBody = Bodies(itr)

        ' Get the name of the body

        Debug.Print swBody.Name

        boolstat = swBody.Select2(False, Nothing)


        ' Set the SolidWorks material for that body

        BodyMaterialError = swBody.SetMaterialProperty("Default", "solidworks materials.sldmat", "ABS PC")

        ' Comment out previous statement and uncomment following statement to use custom material

        'BodyMaterialError = swBody.SetMaterialProperty("Default", "custom materials.sldmat", "Custom Plastic")


        ' Get the names of the body's material and the

        ' database to which it belongs

        sMatName = swBody.GetMaterialPropertyName("", sMatDB)

        If sMatName = "" Then

            Debug.Print ("Body " & itr & "'s material name: No material applied")


            Debug.Print ("Body " & itr & "'s material name: " & sMatName)

            Debug.Print ("Body " & itr & "'s material database: " & sMatDB)

            Debug.Print (" ")

        End If

    Next itr


End Sub

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