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Replace Component Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to replace all instances of a component with a different component.

'-------------------------------------------------------------
' Preconditions:
' 1. Open public_documents\tutorial\api\assem1.sldasm.
' 2. Select testpart1<1> in the FeatureManager design tree.
' 3. Verify that the specified part exists.
' 4. Open the Immediate window.
'
' Postconditions:
' 1. Replaces all instances of the selected component with the
'    specified replacement component.
' 2. Examine the Immediate window, FeatureManager design tree,
'    and assembly.
'
' NOTE: Because the assembly is used elsewhere, do not save
' changes.
'-------------------------------------------------------------
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Partial Class SolidWorksMacro
    Public Sub main()
        Const fileName As String = "C:\Users\Public\Documents\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 2017\tutorial\api\block.sldprt"
        Dim swModel As ModelDoc2
        Dim swAssy As AssemblyDoc
        Dim swSelMgr As SelectionMgr
        Dim swSelComp As Component2
        Dim status As Boolean
        swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
        swAssy = swModel
        swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager
        swSelComp = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectsComponent4(1, -1)
        Debug.Print("Old component = " & swSelComp.Name2)
        status = swAssy.ReplaceComponents2(fileName, "", True, 0, True)
        Debug.Print("Replacement component = " & swSelComp.Name2)
        Debug.Print("All instances of old component replaced? " & status)
    End Sub
    ''' <summary>
    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.
    ''' </summary>
    Public swApp As SldWorks
End Class


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