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Get Reference Curve Information Example (VBA)

This example shows how to get information about a reference curve (for example, a projected curve) through a set of points.

'--------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions:
' 1. Verify that the part document exists.
' 2. Open the Immediate window.
'
' Postconditions:
' 1. Opens the specified part document.
' 2. Selects a face and sketches a spline on that face.
' 3. Selects the sketch of the spline and a face.
' 4. Inserts a projected curve feature and selects it.
' 5. Gets reference curve information.
' 6. Examine the Immediate window, FeatureManager design tree, and
'    the graphics area.
'
' NOTE: Because the part is used elsewhere, do not save changes.
'----------------------------------------------------------------
Option Explicit
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
Dim swModelDocExt As SldWorks.ModelDocExtension
Dim swSketchManager As SldWorks.SketchManager
Dim swSketchSegment As SldWorks.SketchSegment
Dim swFeature As SldWorks.Feature
Dim swSelectionManager As SldWorks.SelectionMgr
Dim swRefCurve As SldWorks.ReferenceCurve
Dim swCurve As SldWorks.Curve
Dim swEdge As SldWorks.Edge
Dim swSketch As SldWorks.Sketch
Dim pointArray As Variant
Dim points(10) As Double
Dim status As Boolean
Dim errors As Long
Dim warnings As Long
Dim fileName As String
Dim vCurveParam As Variant
Dim nStartPt(2) As Double
Dim nEndPt(2) As Double
Dim vStartPt As Variant
Dim vEndPt As Variant
Dim vTessPts As Variant
Dim i As Long
Function TessLength(vTessPts As Variant) As Double
    Dim i As Long
    For i = 0 To ((UBound(vTessPts) + 1) / 3 - 2)
        TessLength = TessLength + Sqr((vTessPts(3 * i + 0) - vTessPts(3 * i + 3)) ^ 2# + (vTessPts(3 * i + 1) - vTessPts(3 * i + 4)) ^ 2# + (vTessPts(3 * i + 2) - vTessPts(3 * i + 5)) ^ 2#)
    Next i
End Function
Sub main()
    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks    
    'Open part document
    fileName = "C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\api\block20.sldprt"
    Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6(fileName, swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART, swOpenDocOptions_e.swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)    
    'Sketch a spline on the selected face
    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("", "FACE", -4.99223104334874E-02, 3.96239999998897E-02, 7.38137362270663E-03, False, 0, Nothing, 0)
    Set swSketchManager = swModel.SketchManager
    swSketchManager.InsertSketch True
    swModel.ClearSelection2 True
    points(0) = -6.24778997860176E-02
    points(1) = 7.29572078180673E-03
    points(2) = 0
    points(3) = -3.64588790258153E-02
    points(4) = 3.24586288177215E-02
    points(5) = 0
    points(6) = 1.04252377344665E-02
    points(7) = 1.40473535914225E-02
    points(8) = 0
    points(9) = 6.46002912861796E-02
    points(10) = 1.00590221094308E-02
    pointArray = points
    Set swSketchSegment = swSketchManager.CreateSpline2((pointArray), False)
    swSketchManager.InsertSketch True
    swModel.ClearSelection2 True    
    'Insert projected curve
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Sketch2", "SKETCH", 0, 0, 0, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("", "FACE", -4.97146993259321E-02, 0, -2.56283866693252E-02, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    Set swFeature = swModel.InsertProjectedSketch2(1)    
    'Select reference curve and get reference curve information
    status = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("Curve1", "REFCURVE", 0, 0, 0, False, 0, Nothing, 0)
    Set swSelectionManager = swModel.SelectionManager
    Set swFeature = swSelectionManager.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)
    Set swRefCurve = swFeature.GetSpecificFeature
    Set swEdge = swRefCurve.GetFirstSegment
    Debug.Print "Feature = " & swFeature.Name
    While Not swEdge Is Nothing
        Set swCurve = swEdge.GetCurve
        vCurveParam = swEdge.GetCurveParams2
        nStartPt(0) = vCurveParam(0)
        nStartPt(1) = vCurveParam(1)
        nStartPt(2) = vCurveParam(2)
        nEndPt(0) = vCurveParam(3)
        nEndPt(1) = vCurveParam(4)
        nEndPt(2) = vCurveParam(5)
        vStartPt = nStartPt
        vEndPt = nEndPt
        vTessPts = swCurve.GetTessPts(0.000001, 0.000001, (vStartPt), (vEndPt))
        Debug.Print "  Curve(" & i & ")"
        Debug.Print "    Start  = (" & vCurveParam(0) * 1000# & ", " & vCurveParam(1) * 1000# & ", " & vCurveParam(2) * 1000# & ") mm"
        Debug.Print "    End    = (" & vCurveParam(3) * 1000# & ", " & vCurveParam(4) * 1000# & ", " & vCurveParam(5) * 1000# & ") mm"
        Debug.Print "    Length = " & swCurve.GetLength2(vCurveParam(6), vCurveParam(7)) * 1000# & " mm"
        Debug.Print "    TessLength(" & UBound(vTessPts) & ")  = " & TessLength(vTessPts) * 1000# & " mm"
        i = i + 1
        Set swEdge = swRefCurve.GetNextSegment
    Wend
End Sub


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