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Create Block Definition and Insert Block Instance Example (VBA)

This example shows how to create a block definition and insert a block instance in a drawing.

' Preconditions: Open a drawing document.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Creates a block definition.
' 2. Inserts a first instance of the block in the upper-left corner of the
'    drawing sheet.
' 3. Inserts a second instance of the block in the drawing sheet.

Option Explicit


Sub main()

    Dim swApp                       As SldWorks.SldWorks

    Dim swModel                     As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

    Dim swDraw                      As SldWorks.DrawingDoc

    Dim swSkSeg(13)                 As SldWorks.SketchSegment

    Dim swSkPt(3)                   As SldWorks.SketchPoint

    Dim swSkNote(2)                 As SldWorks.Note

    Dim vSkSeg                      As Variant

    Dim vSkPt                       As Variant

    Dim vSkNote                     As Variant

    Dim swSketchBlockDef            As SldWorks.SketchBlockDefinition

    Dim swBlockInst                 As SldWorks.SketchBlockInstance

    Dim swSketchMgr                 As SldWorks.SketchManager

    Dim swModelDocExt               As SldWorks.ModelDocExtension

    Dim swMathUtil                  As SldWorks.MathUtility

    Dim swMathPoint                 As SldWorks.MathPoint

    Dim nPt(2)                      As Double

    Dim vPt                         As Variant

    Dim nbrSelObjects               As Long


    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc

    Set swDraw = swModel


    Set swSketchMgr = swModel.SketchManager

    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension

    Set swMathUtil = swApp.GetMathUtility


    swSketchMgr.AddToDB = True


    ' Revision box

    Set swSkSeg(0) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.008372353756316, 0.207929860362, 0#, 0.05495488122133, 0.207929860362, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(1) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.05495488122133, 0.207929860362, 0#, 0.05495488122133, 0.1992788195471, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(2) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.05495488122133, 0.1992788195471, 0#, 0.008372353756316, 0.1992788195471, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(3) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.008372353756316, 0.1992788195471, 0#, 0.008372353756316, 0.207929860362, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(4) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.023613610833382, 0.207929860362, 0#, 0.023613610833382, 0.1992788195471, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(5) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(0.03964919362569, 0.207929860362, 0#, 0.03964919362569, 0.1992788195471, 0#)


    ' Clear selections; otherwise, notes are attached to line

    swModel.ClearSelection2 True


    ' Revision notes

    Set swSkNote(0) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 1")

    Set swSkNote(1) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 2")

    Set swSkNote(2) = swModel.InsertNote("Cell 3")

    PositionNote swApp, swModel, swSkNote(0), 0.009481461553102, 0.2052680016497, 0#

    PositionNote swApp, swModel, swSkNote(1), 0.025613610833382, 0.2052680016497, 0#

    PositionNote swApp, swModel, swSkNote(2), 0.04275469545669, 0.2052680016497, 0#


    ' Points for circles

    Set swSkPt(0) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.02700536474232, 0.1708856599494, 0#)

    Set swSkPt(1) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.02700536474232, 0.1815330947985, 0#)

    Set swSkPt(2) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.03964919362569, 0.1815330947985, 0#)

    Set swSkPt(3) = swSketchMgr.CreatePoint(0.05029662847483, 0.1708856599494, 0#)


    ' Circles

    Set swSkSeg(6) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z, 0.03050393605009, 0.169349494074, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(7) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z, 0.03305243799009, 0.183621104938, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(8) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z, 0.04426584652606, 0.182092003774, 0#)

    Set swSkSeg(9) = swSketchMgr.CreateCircle(swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z, 0.05496955467404, 0.164252490194, 0#)


    ' Lines between circles

    Set swSkSeg(10) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z, swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z)

    Set swSkSeg(11) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(1).X, swSkPt(1).Y, swSkPt(1).Z, swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z)

    Set swSkSeg(12) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(2).X, swSkPt(2).Y, swSkPt(2).Z, swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z)

    Set swSkSeg(13) = swSketchMgr.CreateLine(swSkPt(3).X, swSkPt(3).Y, swSkPt(3).Z, swSkPt(0).X, swSkPt(0).Y, swSkPt(0).Z)


    vSkSeg = swSkSeg

    vSkPt = swSkPt

    vSkNote = swSkNote


    nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkSeg, True, Nothing)

    nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkPt, True, Nothing)

    nbrSelObjects = swModelDocExt.MultiSelect2(vSkNote, True, Nothing)


    Set swSketchBlockDef = swSketchMgr.MakeSketchBlockFromSelected(Nothing)

    ' Define an insertion point

    nPt(0) = 60# / 1000#

    nPt(1) = 60# / 1000#

    nPt(2) = 0#

    vPt = nPt

    Set swMathPoint = swMathUtil.CreatePoint(vPt)


    ' Insert an instance of the block definition

    Set swBlockInst = swSketchMgr.InsertSketchBlockInstance(swSketchBlockDef, swMathPoint, 1, 0)


    swSketchMgr.AddToDB = False


    ' Redraw to see all changes



End Sub

Sub PositionNote (swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks, swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2, swSkNote As SldWorks.Note, X_pos As Double, Y_pos As Double, Z_pos As Double)

    Dim swAnn                       As SldWorks.Annotation

    Dim nRetVal                     As Long

    Dim bRet                        As Boolean


    Set swAnn = swSkNote.GetAnnotation


    swSkNote.Angle = 0#

    bRet = swSkNote.SetBalloon(swBS_None, swBF_Tightest)    

    nRetVal = swAnn.SetLeader3(swLeaderStyle_e.swBENT, swLS_SMART, True, False, False, False)

    bRet = swAnn.SetPosition2(X_pos, Y_pos, Z_pos)


    ' Redraw to see changes


End Sub


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