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GetDirectionReference Method (IRuledSurfaceFeatureData)

Gets the direction of this ruled-surface feature.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function GetDirectionReference( _
   ByRef Ref1 As Object, _
   ByRef Type1 As Integer, _
   ByRef Ref2 As Object, _
   ByRef Type2 As Integer _
) As Integer
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As IRuledSurfaceFeatureData
Dim Ref1 As Object
Dim Type1 As Integer
Dim Ref2 As Object
Dim Type2 As Integer
Dim value As Integer
value = instance.GetDirectionReference(Ref1, Type1, Ref2, Type2)
int GetDirectionReference( 
   out object Ref1,
   out int Type1,
   out object Ref2,
   out int Type2
int GetDirectionReference( 
&   [Out] Object^ Ref1,
&   [Out] int Type1,
&   [Out] Object^ Ref2,
&   [Out] int Type2


First reference entity (see Remarks)
Type of reference entity as defined by swSelectType_e (see Remarks)
Second reference entity (see Remarks)
Type of reference entity as defined by swSelectType_e (see Remarks)

Return Value

Number of reference entities used to define the direction of the ruled surface (see Remarks)


This method is only available when IRuledSurfaceFeatureData::Type is set to swRuledSurfaceType_TaperedToVector, swRuledSurfaceType_PerpendicularToVector, or swRuledSurfaceType_Sweep.

Sometimes one reference entity defines a direction; for example, an edge or axis. Other times, two reference entities define a direction; for example, two vertices or two sketch points.




One reference entity defined the direction

Ref2 is NULL and the return value is 1

Two reference entities defined the direction

Both Ref1 and Ref2 are non-NULL and the return value is 2



Valid reference entities for type1 and type2:

  • line segment

  • edge

  • axis

  • vertex

  • face

  • plane

  • sketch point

See Accessing Selections that Define Features for additional details on using this method.


See Also


SolidWorks 2005 FCS, Revision Number 13.0

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