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Add Damper to Motion Study Example (VBA)

This example shows how to add a damper to a motion study.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Open public_documents\samples\tutorial\api\wrench.sldasm.
' 2. Click View > MotionManager if the MotionStudy tabs are not visible.
' 3. Click Tools > Add-ins > SOLIDWORKS Motion to enable motion analysis.
' 4. Reference the SOLIDWORKS MotionStudy type library.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Adds a damper feature, LinearDamper1, between the grips of the wrench.
' 2. Examine the Motion Analysis to verify.
' NOTE: Because the assembly is used elsewhere, do not save changes.

Option Explicit

Sub main()

    Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
    Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
    Dim swModelDocExt As SldWorks.ModelDocExtension
    Dim swMotionMgr As MotionStudyManager
    Dim swMotionStudy1 As MotionStudy
    Dim swDamperFeat As SldWorks.SimulationDamperFeatureData
    Dim boolstatus As Boolean
    Dim swFeat As SldWorks.Feature
    Dim swSelMgr As SelectionMgr

    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension
    Set swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager

    ' Get the MotionManager
    Set swMotionMgr = swModelDocExt.GetMotionStudyManager()

    If (swMotionMgr Is Nothing) Then
    End If

    ' Get and activate "MotionStudy1_Distance=0.5in"
    Set swMotionStudy1 = swMotionMgr.GetMotionStudy("MotionStudy1_Distance=0.5in")

    If (swMotionStudy1 Is Nothing) Then
        MsgBox "MotionStudy1_Distance=0.5in is not available."
    End If

    ' Activate swMotionStudy1

    ' Define Damper feature
    Set swDamperFeat = swMotionStudy1.CreateDefinition(swFmAEMLinearDamper)

    If swDamperFeat Is Nothing Then
       Debug.Print "ERROR: Creation of Damper feature data object failed."
        Exit Sub
    End If

    ' Select the faces for the Damper's endpoints
    Dim swFace1 As Face2, swFace2 As Face2

    swModel.ShowNamedView2 "*Left", 3
    boolstatus = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("", "FACE", 0.03344586330968, 0.0525345575174, 0, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    Set swFace1 = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)
    boolstatus = swModelDocExt.SelectByID2("", "FACE", 0.02244533711473, 0.0131288302002, 2.238961779386E-04, True, 0, Nothing, 0)
    Set swFace2 = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(2, -1)

    ' Set Damper's characteristics
    swDamperFeat.SetEndPoints swFace1, swFace2

    ' Create Damper feature
    Set swFeat = swMotionStudy1.CreateFeature(swDamperFeat)

    If swFeat Is Nothing Then
        Debug.Print " ERROR: Creation of the Damper feature failed."
        Debug.Print "Type of Damper as defined in swSimulationDamperType_e: " & swDamperFeat.Type
    End If

End Sub


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