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Create Curvature-based Mesh (VB.NET)

This example shows how to create a curvature-based mesh for a part.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Specified part document exists.
' 2. Add the SOLIDWORKS Simulation as an add-in
'    (in SOLIDWORKS, click Tools > Add-ins > SOLIDWORKS Simulation).
' 3. Add the SOLIDWORKS Simulation primary interop assembly as
'    a reference (in the IDE's Project Explorer, right-click
'    the project name, select Add Reference, click the Browse tab,
'    navigate to the <SOLIDWORKS_install_dir>\api\redist\CLR2 folder, and
'    select SolidWorks.Interop.cosworks.dll).
' 4. Open the Immediate window.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Part document is opened.
' 2. A curvature-based mesh is created for the Ready study.
' 3. In SOLIDWORKS, click the Ready study tab, right-click Mesh
'    in the Simulation tree, and select Show Mesh.
' 4. Zoom in on the part and examine the mesh.
' NOTE: Because the part document is used elsewhere, do not save
' any changes when closing it.
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.cosworks

Partial Class SolidWorksMacro

Public Sub Main()

        Dim COSMOSObject As CwAddincallback
Dim ActDoc As CWModelDoc
Dim StudyMngr As CWStudyManager
Dim Study As CWStudy
Dim CwMesh As CwMesh
Dim errCode As Integer
        Dim errors As Integer
        Dim warnings As Integer

        Const fileName As String = "C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Simulation\Examples\bikeframe.sldprt"

        ' Get SOLIDWORKS Simulation object
        COSMOSObject = swApp.GetAddInObject("SldWorks.Simulation")
If COSMOSObject Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "COSMOSObject object not found", True)
If COSMOSWORKS Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "COSMOSWORKS object not found", True)

' Open document and get it
        swApp.OpenDoc6(fileName, swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART, swOpenDocOptions_e.swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)
        ActDoc = COSMOSWORKS.ActiveDoc()
If ActDoc Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "No active document.", True)

' Get Ready study
        StudyMngr = ActDoc.StudyManager()
If StudyMngr Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "No StudyMngr object.", True)
        Study = StudyMngr.GetStudy(0)
If Study Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "No study.", True)
If (Study.Name <> "Ready") Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "Wrong study.", True)
"Name of study: " & Study.Name)

' Get mesh
        CwMesh = Study.Mesh
If CwMesh Is Nothing Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "No mesh object.", False)

' Set type of mesh to curvature-based
        CwMesh.MesherType = swsMesherType_e.swsMesherTypeAlternate

' Set mesh parameters
        CwMesh.GrowthRatio = 1.6
        CwMesh.MinElementsInCircle = 8
        CwMesh.GetDefaultMaxAndMinElementSize(swsLinearUnit_e.swsLinearUnitMillimeters, 20, 4)

' Create mesh
        errCode = Study.CreateMesh(swsLinearUnit_e.swsLinearUnitMillimeters, 20, 1)
"Error code: " & errCode) '0 indicates successful creation of the mesh
        If errCode <> 0 Then ErrorMsg(swApp, "Mesh failed; check error code.", True)

' Get maximum and minimum element sizes used for boundaries
        Debug.Print("Maximum element size used for boundaries with lowest curvature: " & CwMesh.MaxElementSize)
"Minimum element size used for boundaries with highest curvature: " & CwMesh.MinElementSize)

End Sub

    ' Error function
    Sub ErrorMsg(ByVal swApp As Object, ByVal Message As String, ByVal EndTest As Boolean)
        swApp.SendMsgToUser2(Message, 0, 0)
"'*** WARNING - General")
"'*** " & Message)
End Sub

    ''' <summary>
    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.
    ''' </summary>
    Public swApp As SldWorks

End Class



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