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Create Block Definition and Insert Block Instance Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to create a block definition and insert a block instance in a drawing.

'---------------------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions: Open a drawing document.
'
' Postconditions:
' 1. Creates a block definition.
' 2. Inserts a first instance of the block in the upper-left corner of the 
'    drawing sheet.
' 3. Inserts a second instance of the block in the drawing sheet.
'---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports System
 
Partial Class SolidWorksMacro
 
 
    Sub main()
 
        Dim swModel As ModelDoc2
 
        Dim swDraw As DrawingDoc
 
        Dim swSkSeg(13) As SketchSegment
 
        Dim swSkPt(3) As SketchPoint
 
        Dim swSkNote(2) As Note
 
        Dim vSkSeg As Object
 
        Dim vSkPt As Object
 
        Dim vSkNote As Object
 
        Dim swSketchBlockDef As SketchBlockDefinition
 
        Dim swBlockInst As SketchBlockInstance
 
        Dim swSketchMgr As SketchManager
 
        Dim swModelDocExt As ModelDocExtension
 
        Dim swMathUtil As MathUtility
 
        Dim swMathPoint As MathPoint
 
        Dim nPt(2) As Double
 
        Dim vPt As Object
 
        Dim nbrSelObjects As Integer
 
 
 
        swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
 
        swDraw = swModel
 
 
        swSketchMgr = swModel.SketchManager
 
        swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension
 
        swMathUtil = swApp.GetMathUtility
 
 
 
        swSketchMgr.AddToDB = True
 
 
        ' Revision box
 
        swSkSeg(0) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.008372353756316, 0.207929860362, 0.0#, 0.05495488122133, 0.207929860362, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(1) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.05495488122133, 0.207929860362, 0.0#, 0.05495488122133, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(2) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.05495488122133, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#, 0.008372353756316, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(3) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.008372353756316, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#, 0.008372353756316, 0.207929860362, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(4) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.023613610833382, 0.207929860362, 0.0#, 0.023613610833382, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(5) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.03964919362569, 0.207929860362, 0.0#, 0.03964919362569, 0.1992788195471, 0.0#)
 
 
        ' Clear selections; otherwise, notes are attached to line
 
        swModel.ClearSelection2(True)
 
 
        ' Revision notes
 
        swSkNote(0) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 1")
 
        swSkNote(1) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 2")
 
        swSkNote(2) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 3")
 
        PositionNote(swApp, swModel, swSkNote(0), 0.009481461553102, 0.2052680016497, 0.0#)
 
        PositionNote(swApp, swModel, swSkNote(1), 0.025613610833382, 0.2052680016497, 0.0#)
 
        PositionNote(swApp, swModel, swSkNote(2), 0.04275469545669, 0.2052680016497, 0.0#)
 
 
        ' Points for circles
 
        swSkPt(0) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.02700536474232, 0.1708856599494, 0.0#)
 
        swSkPt(1) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.02700536474232, 0.1815330947985, 0.0#)
 
        swSkPt(2) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.03964919362569, 0.1815330947985, 0.0#)
 
        swSkPt(3) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.05029662847483, 0.1708856599494, 0.0#)
 
 
 
        ' Circles
 
        swSkSeg(6) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z, 0.03050393605009, 0.169349494074, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(7) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z, 0.03305243799009, 0.183621104938, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(8) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z, 0.04426584652606, 0.182092003774, 0.0#)
 
        swSkSeg(9) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z, 0.05496955467404, 0.164252490194, 0.0#)
 
 
 
        ' Lines between circles
 
        swSkSeg(10) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z, swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z)
 
        swSkSeg(11) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z, swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z)
 
        swSkSeg(12) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z, swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z)
 
        swSkSeg(13) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z, swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z)
 
 
        vSkSeg = swSkSeg
 
        vSkPt = swSkPt
 
        vSkNote = swSkNote
 
 
        nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkSeg, TrueNothing)
 
        nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkPt, TrueNothing)
 
        nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkNote, TrueNothing)
 
 
        swSketchBlockDef = swSketchMgr.MakeSketchBlockFromSelected(Nothing)
 
 
        ' Define an insertion point
 
        nPt(0) = 60.0# / 1000.0#
 
        nPt(1) = 60.0# / 1000.0#
 
        nPt(2) = 0.0#
 
        vPt = nPt
 
        swMathPoint = swMathUtil.CreatePoint(vPt)
 
 
        ' Insert an instance of the block definition
 
        swBlockInst = swSketchMgr.InsertSketchBlockInstance(swSketchBlockDef, swMathPoint, 1, 0)
 
 
        ' Turn on grid and entity snapping
 
        swSketchMgr.AddToDB = False
 
 
        ' Redraw to see all changes
 
        swModel.GraphicsRedraw2()
 
 
    End Sub
 
    Sub PositionNote(ByVal swApp As SldWorks, ByVal swModel As ModelDoc2, ByVal swSkNote As Note, ByVal X_pos As DoubleByVal Y_pos As DoubleByVal Z_pos As Double)
 
        Dim swAnn As Annotation
 
        Dim nRetVal As Integer
 
        Dim bRet As Boolean
 
 
 
        swAnn = swSkNote.GetAnnotation
 
 
 
        swSkNote.Angle = 0.0#
 
        bRet = swSkNote.SetBalloon(swBalloonStyle_e.swBS_None, swBalloonFit_e.swBF_Tightest)
 
        nRetVal = swAnn.SetLeader3(swLeaderStyle_e.swBENT, swLeaderSide_e.swLS_SMART, TrueFalseFalseFalse)
 
        bRet = swAnn.SetPosition2(X_pos, Y_pos, Z_pos)
 
 
 
        ' Redraw to see changes
 
        swModel.GraphicsRedraw2()
 
    End Sub
 
 
 
    ''' <summary>
    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.
    ''' </summary>
    Public swApp As SldWorks
 
 
End Class
 

 



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