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Duplicate, Delete, and Create Motion Study Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to create a duplicate motion study, delete an existing motion study, and create a new motion study.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Open an assembly document that has a motion study named
'    Motion Study 1 and a collapsed exploded view.
' 2. Click Tools > Add-Ins > PhotoView 360 and verify that it is active.
' 3. Add a reference to the SOLIDWORKS Motion Study primary interop 
'    assembly (right-click the name of the project in the Project Explorer,
'    click Add Reference, browse to install_dir\api\redist\CLR2,
'    and click SolidWorks.Interop.swmotionstudy.dll).
' 4. Verify that c:\test exists.
' 5. Open the Immediate window.
' Postconditions:
' 1. Observe the graphics area.
' 2. Makes a copy of Motion Study 1 called Motion Study 2.
' 3. Deletes and creates a new motion study for Motion Study 1.
' 4. Runs the animation (i.e., rotates, explodes, 
'    stops rotating, and collapses the assembly).
' 5. Saves the motion study as c:\test\Anim1.avi.
' 6. Examine the Immediate window.
' 7. Play c:\test\Anim1.avi.
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swmotionstudy
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Partial Class SolidWorksMacro
    Private Sub PlayAnimation(ByVal SwMotionStudy As MotionStudy)
        Dim cPlayMode As Integer
        Debug.Print("Current play mode: ")
        cPlayMode = SwMotionStudy.PlayMode

        'Get current play mode
        Select Case cPlayMode
            Case 1
                Debug.Print("    Normal")
            Case 2
                Debug.Print("    Loop")
            Case 3
                Debug.Print("    Reciprocate")
        End Select

        'Set play mode to Loop
        Dim nPlayMode As Integer
        Debug.Print("New play mode: ")
        SwMotionStudy.PlayMode = swAnimationPlayMode_e.swAnimationPlayModeLoop
        nPlayMode = SwMotionStudy.PlayMode

        'Get new play mode
        Select Case nPlayMode
            Case 1
                Debug.Print("    Normal")
            Case 2
                Debug.Print("    Loop")
            Case 3
                Debug.Print("    Reciprocate")
        End Select

        'Set timebar to 0 on timeline

        'Play the animation
    End Sub 
    Public Sub main()
        Dim swModel As ModelDoc2
        Dim swModelDocExt As ModelDocExtension
        Dim swMotionMgr As MotionStudyManager
        Dim swMotionStudy1 As MotionStudy
        Dim swSaveAVIData As AVIParameter = Nothing
        Dim boolstatus As Boolean
        swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
        swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension

        'Get the MotionManager
        swMotionMgr = swModelDocExt.GetMotionStudyManager()
        If (swMotionMgr Is NothingThen
        End If

        'Get the motion study named Motion Study 1
        swMotionStudy1 = swMotionMgr.GetMotionStudy("Motion Study 1")
        If (swMotionStudy1 Is NothingThen
            MsgBox("Motion Study 1 is not available.")
        End If

        'Create a copy of the motion study

        'Get the supported motion study types
        Dim MSTypes As Integer
        boolstatus = swMotionStudy1.GetSupportedStudyTypes(MSTypes)
        Debug.Print("Supported study types: ")
        Debug.Print("    Assembly: " & ((MSTypes And swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeAssembly) > 0))
        Debug.Print("    PhysicalSimulation: " & ((MSTypes And swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypePhysicalSimulation) > 0))
        Debug.Print("    CosmosMotion: " & ((MSTypes And swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeCosmosMotion) > 0))
        Debug.Print("    LegacyCosmosMotion: " & ((MSTypes And swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeLegacyCosmosMotion) > 0))

        'Get the current motion study type
        Dim CurStudyType As Integer
        CurStudyType = swMotionStudy1.StudyType
        Debug.Print("Current study type: ")
        Select Case CurStudyType
            Case swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeAssembly
                Debug.Print("    Assembly")
            Case swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypePhysicalSimulation
                Debug.Print("    PhysicalSimulation")
            Case swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeCosmosMotion
                Debug.Print("    CosmosMotion")
            Case swMotionStudyType_e.swMotionStudyTypeLegacyCosmosMotion
                Debug.Print("    LegacyCosmosMotion")
        End Select
        'Is the motion study active?  If not, activate it
        If Not swMotionStudy1.IsActive Then swMotionStudy1.Activate()
        'Create an animation of the rotating model
        'Delete any existing animation sequences
        'Set the animation duration to 10 seconds
        boolstatus = swMotionStudy1.CreateByRotateModel(True, swAnimatorAxisOfRotation_e.swRotationAboutYAxis, 1, swAnimatorDirectionOfRotation_e.swRotationClockwise, 10, 0)
        'Play the animation
        'Stop playing the animation
        'Add an explode to the animation
        'Set the animation duration to 5 seconds
        boolstatus = swMotionStudy1.CreateByExplode(False, 5, 0)
        'Add a collapse to the animation
        'Set the animation duration to 5 seconds
        boolstatus = swMotionStudy1.CreateByCollapse(False, 10, 5)
        'Set duration of animation to 15 seconds
        'Play the animation
        Debug.Print("Study duration: " & swMotionStudy1.GetDuration)
        'Play animation
        'Set and save AVI parameters
        swSaveAVIData = swMotionMgr.CreateAVIParameter()
        swSaveAVIData.FramePerSecond = 7.5
        swSaveAVIData.SaveEntireAnimation = True
        swSaveAVIData.OutputType = swAnimationOutputType_e.swAnimationOutput_AVI
        swSaveAVIData.RendererType = swRendererType_e.swRendererType_Solidworks_Screen

        'Save animation as .avi file
        swMotionStudy1.SaveToAVI("C:\test\Anim1.avi", swSaveAVIData)
    End Sub
    ''' <summary>
    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.
    ''' </summary>
    Public swApp As SldWorks
End Class

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