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Select Entity in Drawing View Example (VBA)

This example shows how to select a model face, edge, or vertex in a drawing view and dimension it.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Open a part or fully resolved assembly.
' 2. Verify that the specified template exists.
' 3. Select a face, edge, or vertex.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Creates a new drawing with three views.
' 2. Dimensions the selected face, edge, or vertex
'    in the first drawing view.
' 3. Examine the drawing.
' NOTE: The dimension is not guaranteed to be created if a face is selected.
Option Explicit

Sub main()

    Const sPathToTemplate       As String = "C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2016\data\templates\drawing.drwdot"
    Const nYoffset              As Double = 0.01

    Dim swApp                   As SldWorks.SldWorks
    Dim swModel                 As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
    Dim swSelMgr                As SldWorks.SelectionMgr
    Dim swEnt                   As SldWorks.Entity

    Dim swDraw                  As SldWorks.DrawingDoc
    Dim swDrawModel             As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
    Dim swView                  As SldWorks.View
    Dim vOutline                As Variant
    Dim swDispDim               As SldWorks.DisplayDimension

    Dim nXpos                   As Double
    Dim nYpos                   As Double

    Dim bRet                    As Boolean

    Set swApp = CreateObject("SldWorks.Application")
    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
    Set swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager
    Set swEnt = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)

    If Not swEnt Is Nothing Then

        Set swDraw = swApp.NewDrawing2(swDwgTemplateCustom, sPathToTemplate, swDwgPaperA1size, 0#, 0#)
        Set swDrawModel = swDraw

        bRet = swDraw.Create3rdAngleViews2(swModel.GetPathName)

        Set swView = swDraw.GetFirstView
        Set swView = swView.GetNextView

        bRet = swView.SelectEntity(swEnt, False)

        ' Work out where to place dimension -
        ' midway across view and slightly above
        vOutline = swView.GetOutline
        nXpos = (vOutline(0) + vOutline(2)) / 2#
        nYpos = vOutline(3) + nYoffset

        ' Create the dimension, even if the entity is not
        ' visible in the drawing view
        Set swDispDim = swDrawModel.Extension.AddDimension(nXpos, nYpos, 0#, swSmartDimensionDirection_Left)

    End If

End Sub

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