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Insert and Save Virtual Assembly Example (VBA)

This example shows how to create and save a virtual sub-assembly.

'-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions:

' 1. Open an assembly document.
' 2. Open an Immediate Window.
' 3. Run this macro.
'
' Postconditions:
'
' 1. First, Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components

'    to external files is selected, and InsertNewAssembly is called,

'    passing in FileName to save the sub-assembly:
'    a. MyTestValveAssembly<1> displays in the FeatureManager design tree.
'    b. MyTestValveAssembly.sldasm is saved in the assembly's directory.
' 2. Next, Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components

'    to external files is de-selected, and InsertNewAssembly is called,

'    passing in FileName to save the sub-assembly.
'     a. A virtual sub-assembly displays in the FeatureManager design tree.
'     b. The FileName parameter is ignored, and the virtual sub-assembly

'        is not saved.
' 3. The Immediate Window displays the error codes as defined in

'    swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e.
'------------------------------------
Option Explicit
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
Dim swAssy As SldWorks.AssemblyDoc
Dim tmpPath As String
Dim boolstat As Boolean
Dim longstatus As Long
Dim longwarnings As Long

Sub Main()
    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
   

    ' Turn on Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components to external files
    swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swSaveNewComponentsToExternalFile, True
   

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
    boolstat = True
    Dim strCompModelname As String
    strCompModelname = "MyTestValveAssembly.sldasm"
   

    ' Save the new assembly in the same folder as the original assembly
    tmpPath = Left(swModel.GetPathName, InStrRev(swModel.GetPathName, "\"))
    Set swAssy = swModel
   

    ' Create a virtual sub-assembly and print the error code as defined in swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e
   Debug.Print "First virtual sub-assembly created and saved? " & swAssy.InsertNewAssembly(tmpPath + strCompModelname)
  

   ' Turn off Tools > Options > System Options > Assemblies > Save new components to external files
    swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swSaveNewComponentsToExternalFile, False
   

    ' Create another virtual sub-assembly and print the error code as defined in swInsertNewAssemblyErrorCode_e
   Debug.Print "Second virtual sub-assembly created but not saved? " & swAssy.InsertNewAssembly(tmpPath + strCompModelname)
End Sub

 



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