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Import Models as Solids

This example shows how to set the options to import non-native SolidWorks models into SolidWorks as solids.


NOTE: You must set the values of both swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swCreateBodyFromSurfaces and swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swImportUseBrep for swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swImportUseBrep to have an affect.




' Preconditions:

'         (1) Substitute the file named xyz.stp with the

'             name of the file that you want to import.

'         (2) The macro is located in the same folder as the file

'             that you want to import.


' Postconditions: Your file is imported into SolidWorks

'          and solids are formed if possible.



Option Explicit


Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks


Sub main()


    Dim rtn As Boolean

    Dim retval As Long

    Dim pathname As String


    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks


    pathname = swApp.GetCurrentMacroPathName

    pathname = Left(pathname, InStrRev(pathname, "\"))


    ' Get swImportUseBrep value

    retval = swApp.GetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swImportUseBrep)

    ' Set swImportUseBrep value to 1 (Do not import the model

    ' by directly mapping topologies using BREP data)

    ' Let SolidWorks attempt to knit the surfaces into solids

    rtn = swApp.SetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swImportUseBrep, 1)

     ' Set swCreateBodyFromSurfacesOption to swGeneralImportbyBrep

    rtn = swApp.SetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(SwConst.swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swCreateBodyFromSurfacesOption, SwConst.swGeneralImportByBrep)

    ' Load the STEP file

    swApp.LoadFile3 pathname + "xyz.stp", "r", Nothing


   ' Set swImportUseBrep value to 0 (Import the model by directly mapping

   ' topologies using BREP data)

   ' Attempt to import the model by directly mapping topologies
'using boundary representation (BREP) data.

    rtn = swApp.SetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swImportUseBrep, 0)

    ' Get swImportUseBrep value

    retval = swApp.GetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swImportUseBrep)

    ' Load the STEP file

    swApp.LoadFile3 pathname + "xyz.stp", "r", Nothing


End Sub


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