In this post, I tell you about how to create a Centerpoint Arc Slot through Solidworks VBA Macros in a sketch.

The process is almost identical with previous Sketch - Create Straight Slot post.


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For Experience Macro Developer - Create a Centerpoint Arc Slot From VBA Macro

If you are an experience Solidworks Macro developer, then you are looking for a specific code sample.

Below is the code for creating A Centerpoint Arc Slot from Solidworks VBA Macro.

' Creating Variable for Solidworks Slot
Dim mySketchSlot As SketchSlot
    
' Setting the value of a Centerpoint Arc slot
Set mySketchSlot = swSketchManager.CreateSketchSlot(swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_arc, swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_CenterCenter, 0.5, 0, 0, 0, -1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, -1, False)

First you need to Create a variable of SketchSlot type.

After creating variable, you need to set the value of this variable.

For this you used CreateSketchSlot method from Solidworks Sketch Manager.

This CreateSketchSlot method set the value of SketchSlot type variable.

The CreateSketchSlot method takes following parameters:

SlotCreationType : Type of sketch slot.

SlotLengthType : Type of length of sketch slot.

Width : Width of Slot

X1 : X coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

Y1 : Y coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

Z1 : Z coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

X2 : X coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

Y2 : Y coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

Z2 : Z coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

X3 : X coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

Y3 : Y coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

Z3 : Z coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

CenterArcDirection : We need to set the direction eiter Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise/Counterclockwise

AddDimension : True to automatically add dimensions, False to not.

If you want a more detail explaination then please read further otherwise this will help you to Create a Centerpoint Arc Slot From VBA Macro.


For Beginners Macro Developers - Create a Centerpoint Arc Slot From VBA Macro

In this post, I tell you about CreateSketchSlot method from Solidworks SketchManager object.

This method is most updated method, I found in Solidworks API Help.

So use this method if you want to create a new Centerpoint Arc Slot.

Below is the code sample for creating a Centerpoint Arc Slot.

Option Explicit

' Creating variable for Solidworks application
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
' Creating variable for Solidworks document
Dim swDoc As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
' Boolean Variable
Dim BoolStatus As Boolean
' Creating variable for Solidworks Sketch Manager
Dim swSketchManager As SldWorks.SketchManager

' Main function of our VBA program
Sub main()

  ' Setting Solidworks variable to Solidworks application
  Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
  
  ' Creating string type variable for storing default part location
  Dim defaultTemplate As String
  ' Setting value of this string type variable to "Default part template"
  defaultTemplate = swApp.GetUserPreferenceStringValue(swUserPreferenceStringValue_e.swDefaultTemplatePart)

  ' Setting Solidworks document to new part document
  Set swDoc = swApp.NewDocument(defaultTemplate, 0, 0, 0)

  ' Selecting Front Plane
  BoolStatus = swDoc.Extension.SelectByID2("Front Plane", "PLANE", 0, 0, 0, False, 0, Nothing, swSelectOption_e.swSelectOptionDefault)
  
  ' Setting Sketch manager for our sketch
  Set swSketchManager = swDoc.SketchManager
  
  ' Inserting a sketch into selected plane
  swSketchManager.InsertSketch True
  
  ' Creating Variable for Solidworks Slot
  Dim mySketchSlot As SketchSlot
      
  ' Creating a Centerpoint Arc slot
  Set mySketchSlot = swSketchManager.CreateSketchSlot(swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_arc, swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_CenterCenter, 0.5, 0, 0, 0, -1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, -1, False)

  ' De-select the Slot after creation
  swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  
  ' Zoom to fit screen in Solidworks Window
  swDoc.ViewZoomtofit

End Sub

Understanding the Code

Now let us walk through each line in the above code, and understand the meaning of every line.

Option Explicit

This line forces us to define every variable we are going to use.

For more information please visit Solidworks Macros - Open new Part document post.

' Creating variable for Solidworks application
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks

In this line, we are creating a variable which we named as swApp and the type of this swApp variable is SldWorks.SldWorks.

' Creating variable for Solidworks document
Dim swDoc As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

In this line, we are creating a variable which we named as swDoc and the type of this swDoc variable is SldWorks.ModelDoc2.

Next is our Sub procedure named as main. This procedure hold all the statements (instructions) we give to computer.

' Setting Solidworks variable to Solidworks application
Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

In this line, we are setting the value of our Solidworks variable swApp which we defined earlier to Solidworks application.

' Creating string type variable for storing default part location
Dim defaultTemplate As String
' Setting value of this string type variable to "Default part template"
defaultTemplate = swApp.GetUserPreferenceStringValue(swUserPreferenceStringValue_e.swDefaultTemplatePart)

In 1st statement of above example, we are defining a variable of string type and named it as defaultTemplate.

This variable defaultTemplate, holds the location the location of Default Part Template.

In 2nd line of above example. we assign value to our newly define defaultTemplate variable.

We assign the value by using a Method named GetUserPreferenceStringValue().

This method is a part of our main Solidworks variable swApp.

' Setting Solidworks document to new part document
Set swDoc = swApp.NewDocument(defaultTemplate, 0, 0, 0)

In this line, we set the value of our swDoc variable to new document.

For more detailed information about above lines please visit Solidworks Macros - Open new Part document post.

I have discussed them thoroghly in Solidworks Macros - Open new Part document post, so do checkout this post if you don’t understand above code.

' Boolean Variable
Dim BoolStatus As Boolean

' Selecting Front Plane
BoolStatus = swDoc.Extension.SelectByID2("Front Plane", "PLANE", 0, 0, 0, False, 0, Nothing, swSelectOption_e.swSelectOptionDefault)

In 1st line, we create a variable named BoolStatus as Boolean object.

In next line, we select the front plane by using SelectByID2 method from Extension object.

For more information about selection method please visit Solidworks Macros - Selection Methods post.

I have discussed about different Selection methods in details in Soldworks Macros - Selection Methods post, so do visit this post for more Selection methods.

' Creating variable for Solidworks Sketch Manager
Dim swSketchManager As SldWorks.SketchManager

In above line, we create variable swSketchManager for Solidworks Sketch Manager.

As the name suggested, a Sketch Manager holds variours methods and properties to manage Sketches.

To see methods and properties related to SketchManager object, please visit this page

' Setting Sketch manager for our sketch
Set swSketchManager = swDoc.SketchManager

In above line, we set the Sketch manager variable to current document’s sketch manager.

' Inserting a sketch into selected plane
swSketchManager.InsertSketch True

In above line, we use InsertSketch method of SketchManager and give True value.

This method allows us to insert a sketch in selected plane.

' Creating Variable for Solidworks Slot
Dim mySketchSlot As SketchSlot
      
' Creating a Centerpoint Arc slot
Set mySketchSlot = swSketchManager.CreateSketchSlot(swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_arc, swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_CenterCenter, 0.5, 0, 0, 0, -1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, -1, False

In above sample code, we 1st create a variable named mySketchSlot of type SketchSlot.

In 2nd line, we set the value of SketchSlot variable mySketchSlot.

We get this value from CreateSketchSlot method which is inside the swSketchManager variable.

swSketchManager variable is a type of SketchManager, hence we used CreateSketchSlot method from SketchManager.

This CreateSketchSlot method takes following parameters as explained:

SlotCreationType : Type of sketch slot as defined in swSketchSlotCreationType_e.

There are 4 Different types of Slots we can create.

  • Straight Slot : swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_line or 0

  • Centerpoint straight Slot : swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_center_line or 1

  • Centerpoint arc Slot : swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_arc or 2

  • 3-point arc Slot : swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_3pointarc or 4

SlotLengthType : Type of length of sketch slot as defined in swSketchSlotLengthType_e.

There are 2 different types of Sketch slot length we can create.

  • Center to Center : swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_CenterCenter or 0

  • Full Length : swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_FullLength or 1

Width : Width of Slot

X1 : X coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

Y1 : Y coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

Z1 : Z coordinate of the point 1, of the Slot

X2 : X coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

Y2 : Y coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

Z2 : Z coordinate of the point 2, of the Slot

X3 : X coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

Y3 : Y coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

Z3 : Z coordinate of the point 3, of the Slot

CenterArcDirection : We need to set the direction eiter Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise/Counterclockwise as follows:

  • Clockwise (CW) : -1

  • Anti-Clockwise/Counterclockwise (CCW) : 1

AddDimension : True to automatically add dimensions, False to not.

For more details about Slot Parameter you can visit this page

For creating a Centerpoint Arc Slot, I used following parameter Values:

  • SlotCreationType : swSketchSlotCreationType_e.swSketchSlotCreationType_arc

Since we want to create a Centerpoint Arc Slot hence I select above value.

  • SlotLengthType : swSketchSlotLengthType_e.swSketchSlotLengthType_CenterCenter

I want length of this Slot from Center to Center hence I select above value.

  • Width : 0.5

  • X1, Y1, Z1 : 0, 0, 0

For Point 1, I use (0, 0, 0) values, which is origin of Sketch.

  • X2, Y2, Z2 : -1, 0, 0

For Point 2, I use (-1, 0, 0) values, which is which is -1 point distance in X-direction.

  • X3, Y3, Z3 : 1, 0, 0

For Point 2, I use (1, 0, 0) values, which is which is 1 point distance in X-direction.

  • CenterArcDirection : -1

I want to create Clockwise Slot.

  • AddDimension : False

Below Image described the Parameters for Centerpoint Arc Slot in more detail.

centerpoint-arc-slot-parameters

This CreateSketchSlot method returns Sketch Slot interface i.e. ISketchSlot interface.

This ISketchSlot interface has various methods and properties for a Slot.

For more detail about methods and properties of ISketchSlot interface you can visit this page


NOTE

It is very important to remember that, when you give distance or any other numeric value in Solidworks API, Solidworks takes that numeric value in Meter only.

Solidworks API does not care about your application’s Unit systems.

For example, I works in ANSI system means “inches” for distance.

But when I used Solidworks API through VBA macros or C#, I have to use converted numeric values.

Because Solidworks API output the distance in Meter only; which is not my requirement.

' De-select the Slot after creation
swDoc.ClearSelection2 True

In the this line of code, we de-select the created Centerpointrc Slot.

For de-selecting, we use ClearSelection2 method from our Solidworks document variable swDoc.

' Zoom to fit screen in Solidworks Window
swDoc.ViewZoomtofit

In this last line we use zoom to fit command.

For Zoom to fit, we use ViewZoomtofit method from our Solidworks document variable swDoc.

After this our Solidworks VBA Macro ends the Sub procedure and we create a Centerpoint Arc Slot.


VBA Language feature used in this post

In this post used some features of VBA programming language.

This section of post, has some brief information about the VBA programming language specific features.

  1. We use Option Explicit for capturing un-declared variables.

If you want to read more about Option Explicit then please visit Declaring and Scoping of Variables.

  1. Then we create variable for different data types.

If you don’t know about them, then please visit Variables and Data-types posts of this blog.

These posts will help you to understand what Variables are and how to use them.

  1. Then we create main Sub procedure for our macro.

If you don’t know about the Sub procedure, then I suggest you to visit VBA Sub and Function Procedures and Executing Sub and Function Procedures posts of this blog.

These posts will help you to understand what Procedures are and how to use them.

  1. In most part we create some variables and set their values. We set those values by using some functions provided from objects.

If you don’t know about the functions, then you should visit VBA Functions and VBA Functions that do more posts of this blog.

These posts will help you to understand what functions are and how to use them.

  1. For creating Centerpoint Arc Slot, we use CreateSketchSlot function. This function take some input values in form of VBA Constants.

If you don’t know about the VBA Constants, then you should visit VBA Constants post of this blog.

This posts will help you to understand what VBA Constants are and how to use them.


Solidworks API Objects

In this post, for creating Centerpoint Arc Slot, we use Solidworks API objects and their methods.

This section contains the list of all Solidworks Objects used in this post.

I have also attached links of these Solidworks API Objects in API Help website.

If you want to explore those objects, you can use these links.

These Solidworks API Objects are listed below:

  • Solidworks Application Object

If you want explore Properties and Methods/Functions of Solidworks Application Object object you can visit this link.

  • Solidworks Document Object

If you want explore Properties and Methods/Functions of Solidworks Document Object object you can visit this link.

  • Solidworks Sketch Manager Object

If you want explore Properties and Methods/Functions of this Solidworks Sketch Manager Object you can visit this link.

  • Solidworks Sketch Slot Object

If you want explore Properties and Methods/Functions of this Solidworks Sketch Slot Object you can visit this link.


Hope this post helps you to create a Centerpoint Arc Slot in Sketches with Solidworks VBA Macros.

For more such tutorials on Solidworks VBA Macros, do come to this blog.

Till then, Happy learning!!!