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Insert Variable Pattern Feature Example (VBA)

This example shows how to insert a variable pattern feature.

'----------------------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions:
' 1. Verify that the specified part to open exists.
' 2. Open the Immediate window.
'
' Postconditions:
' 1. Inserts a variable pattern feature.
' 2. Examine the graphics area and the Immediate window.
'
' NOTE: Because this model is used elsewhere, do not save any
' changes when closing it.
' ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Option Explicit

Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
Dim swModelDocExt As SldWorks.ModelDocExtension
Dim swFeatureManager As SldWorks.FeatureManager
Dim swFeature As SldWorks.Feature
Dim swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat As SldWorks.DimPatternFeatureData
Dim fileName As String
Dim status As Boolean
Dim errors As Long, warnings As Long
Dim nbr As Long
Dim dimNbr as Long
Dim i As Long
Dim j As Long
Dim controllingDimNames() As String
Dim controllingDimName as String
Dim instanceName As String
Dim instanceNames() As String
Dim patternName As String
Sub main()
    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
    fileName = "C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\api\cstick.sldprt"
    Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6(fileName, swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART, swOpenDocOptions_e.swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)
    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension    
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Sweep1", "BODYFEATURE", 0, 0, 0, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Sketch1", "SKETCH", 0, 0, 0, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    swModel.ClearSelection2 True    
    'Select feature to pattern
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Sweep1", "BODYFEATURE", 0, 0, 0, False, 4, Nothing, 0)    
    'Select reference geometry to drive seed feature
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Sketch1", "SKETCH", 0, 0, 0, True, 1048576, Nothing, 0)    
    'Populate pattern table
    Set swFeatureManager = swModel.FeatureManager
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D1@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0.085)
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D3@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0.04)
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D4@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0.03)
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D1@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0.105)
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D3@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0.06)
    status = swFeatureManager.InsertVaryInstanceOverride("D4@Sketch2@cstick.SLDPRT", 256, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0.05)   
    'Insert the advanced variable pattern feature
    'and access its feature data
    Set swFeature = swFeatureManager.FeatureAdvancedTableDrivenPattern()
    Set swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat = swFeature.GetDefinition
    status = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.AccessSelections(swModel, Nothing)
        nbr = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetInstanceCount
        Debug.Print ("Number of pattern instances: " & nbr)        
        dimNbr = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetControllingDimensionCount
        Debug.Print ("Number of controlling dimensions: " & dimNbr)
        Debug.Print ("  Controlling dimension names: ")
        ReDim Preserve controllingDimNames(dimNbr)
        For i = 0 To dimNbr - 1
            controllingDimNames(i) = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetControllingDimensionName(i)
            controllingDimName = controllingDimNames(i)
            Debug.Print ("     " & controllingDimName)
        Next i        
        Debug.Print ("Names of pattern instances:")
        ReDim Preserve instanceNames(nbr - 1)
        j = 0
        For i = 1 To nbr
            instanceName = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetInstanceNameByIndex(i)
            Debug.Print ("  " & instanceName)
            instanceNames(j) = instanceName
            j = j + 1
        Next i

        Debug.Print ("Table row indices of pattern instances:")
        For i = 0 To nbr - 1
            Debug.Print ("  " & swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetTableRowIndex(instanceNames(i)) & ": " & instanceNames(i))
        Next i        
        Debug.Print ("Pattern dimension names: ")
        j = 1
        For i = 0 To nbr - 1
            patternName = swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetInstanceDimensionName(instanceNames(i), controllingDimNames(i + 1))
            Debug.Print ("  " & patternName & ": " & instanceNames(i) & ": Controlling dimension name: " & swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetControllingDimensionName(i + 1))
             j = j + 1
        Next i        
        Debug.Print ("Pattern instance suppression state:")
        For i = 0 To nbr - 1
            Debug.Print ("  " & swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetInstanceSuppressStateByIndex(swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.GetTableRowIndex(instanceNames(i))) & ": " & instanceNames(i))
        Next i

    swDimensionDrivenTablePatternFeat.ReleaseSelectionAccess
End Sub


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