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AddDimension2 Method (IModelDoc2)

Creates a display dimension at the specified location for selected entities.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function AddDimension2( _
   ByVal X As System.Double, _
   ByVal Y As System.Double, _
   ByVal Z As System.Double _
) As System.Object
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As IModelDoc2
Dim X As System.Double
Dim Y As System.Double
Dim Z As System.Double
Dim value As System.Object
value = instance.AddDimension2(X, Y, Z)
System.object AddDimension2( 
   System.double X,
   System.double Y,
   System.double Z
System.Object^ AddDimension2( 
&   System.double X,
&   System.double Y,
&   System.double Z


Dimension text location in meters
Dimension text location in meters
Dimension text location in meters

Return Value

Newly created dimension


Before calling this method, you must select the entities for which to add a display dimension.

If extension lines are needed during dimensioning because the selected entities do not unambiguously define what needs to be dimensioned, call IModelDocExtension::AddDimension instead of this method.

To dimension, make selections based on location and not name. For example, creating an angular dimension between two lines gets different results based on which line endpoints are selected. Therefore, if you are using IModelDocExtension::SelectByID2 to select the entities for dimensioning, then you should specify the X, Y,  and Z selection coordinates. You must also leave the object name argument empty, because if you pass the object name to IModelDocExtension::SelectByID2, then the selection routines use the object name instead of the coordinates to locate that item.

NOTE: To change the angle in an angular dimension to its supplementary angle, use IDisplayDimension::SupplementaryAngle.

Because coordinates are ignored when the object name is passed, the dimensioning routines are not able to use a specific selection location for the dimension. This causes unpredictable results during dimension creation. IModelDocExtension::SelectByID2 randomly selects the line endpoint.

You should only use this method on visible documents. Before using this method, check to see if the document is visible by using ISldWorks::Visible.

When you use this method, you might also want to use ISldWorks::SetUserPreferenceToggle with swInputDimValOnCreate to suppress the dialog box that lets the user type a dimension value.


See Also


SOLIDWORKS 2001Plus FCS, Revision Number 10.0

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