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Create Sheet Body From Faces and Feature from Sheet Body Example (VB)

This example shows how to create a sheet body from the faces of a solid body and how to create a feature from the sheet body.




' Preconditions: Part document is open that contains

'                a solid body named Extrude1.


' Postconditions: Surface-Imported feature is created from

'                the sheet body.



Option Explicit


    Dim swApp                   As SldWorks.SldWorks

    Dim swModel                 As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

    Dim swModeler               As SldWorks.Modeler

    Dim swBody                  As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim swFace                  As SldWorks.Face2

    Dim swWorkPieceBody         As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim swWorkPieceFacesBody    As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim swWorkPieceBodyCopy     As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim aFaces()                As SldWorks.Face2

    Dim swThickenedBody         As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim swFeatureManager        As SldWorks.FeatureManager

    Dim aBodies(0)              As SldWorks.Body2

    Dim vBodies                 As Variant

    Dim swPart                  As PartDoc

    Dim swFeature               As SldWorks.Feature

    Dim bValue                  As Boolean

    Dim lErrors                 As Long

    Dim lWarnings               As Long

    Dim vFaces                  As Variant

    Dim lIdx                    As Long

    Dim retval                  As Long


    Sub main()


    ' Connect to SOLIDWORKS

    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc

    Set swFeatureManager = swModel.FeatureManager


    ' Get Modeler object

    Set swModeler = swApp.GetModeler


    ' Clear selection

    swModel.ClearSelection2 True


    ' Select the body

    bValue = swModel.Extension.SelectByID2("Extrude1", "SOLIDBODY", 0, 0, 0, True, 0, Nothing, 0)

    Set swWorkPieceBody = swModel.SelectionManager.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)


    ' Create temporary body by copying the selected body

    ' Boolean operations consume bodies

    Set swWorkPieceBodyCopy = swWorkPieceBody.Copy


    ' Clear the selection

    swModel.ClearSelection2 True


    ' Collect the faces on the selected body

    lIdx = 0

    Set swFace = swWorkPieceBodyCopy.GetFirstFace

    Do While (Not (swFace Is Nothing))

        ReDim Preserve aFaces(lIdx)

        Set aFaces(lIdx) = swFace

        lIdx = lIdx + 1

      Set swFace = swFace.GetNextFace



    ' Create a sheet body from the faces

    vFaces = aFaces

    Set swWorkPieceFacesBody = swModeler.CreateSheetFromFaces(vFaces)


    ' Create a feature from the sheet body

    Set aBodies(0) = swWorkPieceFacesBody

    vBodies = aBodies

    Set swPart = swModel

    Set swFeature = swPart.CreateFeatureFromBody3(vBodies(0), False, swCreateFeatureBodyOpts_e.swCreateFeatureBodyCheck)


    ' Rebuild the model; a Surface-Imported feature should  

    ' appear in the FeatureManager design tree after the rebuild



    End Sub



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