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Insert New Instance of Virtual Component (VB.NET)

This example shows how to:

  • create an assembly document.
  • insert a new part as a virtual component in the assembly document.
  • insert a new instance of the virtual component in the assembly document.

' Preconditions: None
' Postconditions:
' 1. An assembly document is created.
' 2. A virtual part is inserted in the assembly document.
' 3. A new instance of the virtual part is inserted
'    in the assembly document.
' 4. Examine the FeatureManager design tree to
'    verify steps 2 and 3.
' 5. Close the assembly document without saving the modified
'    documents.
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

Partial Class SolidWorksMacro

Public Sub main()

Dim asmTemplate As String
        asmTemplate = swApp.GetUserPreferenceStringValue(swUserPreferenceStringValue_e.swDefaultTemplateAssembly)

Dim swModel As ModelDoc2
        swModel = swApp.NewDocument(asmTemplate, 0, 0, 0)

Dim swSelMgr As SelectionMgr
        swSelMgr = swModel.SelectionManager

If swModel.Extension.SelectByID2("Front Plane", "PLANE", 0, 0, 0, False, 0, Nothing, 0) = False Then
            Debug.Print("Failed to select Front plane; check feature name.")
Exit Sub
        End If

        Dim swPlaneFeature As Feature
        swPlaneFeature = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(1, -1)
Dim swPlane As RefPlane
        swPlane = swPlaneFeature.GetSpecificFeature2

Dim swAssem As AssemblyDoc
        swAssem = swModel

Dim lResult As Integer
        Dim swVirtComp As Component2
        swVirtComp = Nothing
        lResult = swAssem.InsertNewVirtualPart(swPlane, swVirtComp)

If lResult = swInsertNewPartErrorCode_e.swInsertNewPartError_NoError Then
            Dim swSecondComp As Component2
            swSecondComp = swAssem.AddComponent5(swVirtComp.GetPathName, swAddComponentConfigOptions_e.swAddComponentConfigOptions_CurrentSelectedConfig,
"", False, "", 0.1, 0, 0)
End If

    End Sub

    ''' <summary>
    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.
    ''' </summary>
    Public swApp As SldWorks

End Class


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