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Replace Component (VB.NET)

This example shows how to replace a component with a different component.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Copy the sample code to a VB.NET console application.
' 2. Ensure that the specified file exists.
' 3. Replace "your_license_key" with your DocumentManager license.
' 4. Add the DocumentManager interop assembly to the project references:
'    Select Project > Add Reference > Browse >
' 5. Register swDocumentMgr.dll.
'    (Read DocumentManager API Help Getting Started to learn how to
'     register swDocumentMgr.dll.)
' 6. Open an Immediate window.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Inspect the Immediate window.
' 2. The first instance of the shaft washer component is
'    replaced with a lock washer in the document.
' NOTE: The specified file should be backed up before running this macro,
' as it is used elsewhere. The macro uses a replacement that does not
' properly fit in the model.

Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swdocumentmgr

Module Module1

Sub Main()
' Opening the file using the SolidWorks Document Manager API,
        ' not the SolidWorks API.  

        Dim swCf As SwDMClassFactory
        swCf =
New SwDMClassFactory()
Dim swDocMgr As SwDMApplication
        swDocMgr =
DirectCast(swCf.GetApplication("your_license_key"), SwDMApplication)
Dim swDoc12 As SwDMDocument12
Dim res As SwDmDocumentOpenError
Dim dt As SwDmDocumentType
        dt = SwDmDocumentType.swDmDocumentAssembly
Dim filename As String
        Debug.Print("Opening an assembly...")
"Substitute your path to this SolidWorks sample file.")
        filename =
"C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\advdrawings\98food processor.sldasm"
        swDoc12 = TryCast(swDocMgr.GetDocument(filename, dt, False, res), SwDMDocument12)

If swDoc12 Is Nothing Or (res <> SwDmDocumentOpenError.swDmDocumentOpenErrorNone) Then
            Debug.Print("Error opening file...")
        End If

        Debug.Print("Getting the active configuration...")
Dim activeConfig As SwDMConfiguration8
Dim configMgr As SwDMConfigurationMgr
        configMgr = swDoc12.ConfigurationManager
        activeConfig =
TryCast(configMgr.GetConfigurationByName(configMgr.GetActiveConfigurationName()), SwDMConfiguration8)
If activeConfig Is Nothing Then
            Debug.Print("Error getting the active configuration...")
        End If

        Debug.Print("Getting the components of the active configuration...")
Dim vComponents As Object()
        vComponents =
DirectCast(activeConfig.GetComponents(), Object())
Dim swDmComponent As SwDMComponent6

Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To vComponents.Length - 1
            swDmComponent =
DirectCast(vComponents(i), SwDMComponent6)
If swDmComponent.Name = "shaft washer" Then
                Dim bResult As Boolean = swDmComponent.Replace("C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\smartcomponents\lockwasher.sldprt", "Default", False)
"Replacing shaft washer with lock washer...")
Exit For
            End If


End Sub


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