Solidworks VBA Macro - Create Draft

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In this article we did not use πŸš€ UserForm for taking inputs, instead we use πŸš€ Input Box for value input and πŸš€ Message Box to notify user.
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Thank you for reading.

Objective

In this article we create and understand VBA macro of Draft feature in SOLIDWORKS CAD Software.

This method is most updated method, so use this method if you want to create a new Draft Feature quickly.

Results We Can Get

After running our macro we successfully create Draft feature as a result.

Below image shows the result we get.

draft-feature-final-result

We create Draft Feature in following steps in general.

  1. Ask user to select Neutral Face.
  2. Ask user to select Faces to draft.
  3. Ask for Draft Angle.

To get the correct result please follow the steps correctly.

Macro Video

Below 🎬 video shows Draft feature from SOLIDWORKS VBA Macros.


Above video is just for visualization and there are no explanation.

I have explained each and every line in this article.

It is advisable to watch video, since it help you to better understand the process.

VBA Macro

Below is the VBA macro for creating Draft Feature.

Option Explicit

' Variable for Solidworks Application
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks

' Variable for Solidworks document
Dim swDoc As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

' Variable for Solidworks Selection Manager
Dim swSelMgr As SldWorks.SelectionMgr

' Variable for Solidworks Entity
Dim swObject As SldWorks.Entity

' Variable for Solidworks Select Data
Dim swSelData As SldWorks.SelectData

' Variable for Solidworks Draft Feature
Dim swFeature As SldWorks.Feature

' Main program for Draft
Sub main()

  ' Set Solidworks Application variable to current application
  Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
  
  ' Check if Solidworks is opened or not
  If swApp Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox ("Solidworks is not opened")
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' Set Solidworks document variable to currently opened document
  Set swDoc = swApp.ActiveDoc
  
  ' Check if Solidworks document is opened or not
  If swDoc Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox ("Solidworks document is not opened. Please open a document.")
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' Set Solidworks Selection Manager variable
  Set swSelMgr = swDoc.SelectionManager
  
  ' Array of Solidworks Entities
  Dim swObjects(1 To 5) As SldWorks.Entity
  
  ' Local variable for selection
  Dim selectItems As Integer
  selectItems = 1
  
  ' Loop till we select all entities
  While selectItems <= 5
    
    ' Message to show user
    Dim messageToUser As String

    ' Update Messages
    Select Case selectItems
      Case 1
        messageToUser = "Please select a Neutral Face."
      Case 2, 3, 4, 5
        messageToUser = "Please select Faces for Draft."
    End Select
  
    ' Show message to user
    MsgBox messageToUser
      
    ' Loop until we complete our selection
    While swObjects(selectItems) Is Nothing
        
      ' Local integer for loop
      Dim i As Integer
      
      ' Looping until we select
      For i = 1 To swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectCount2(-1)
        
        Select Case selectItems
          Case 1
            ' If the selection type is face
            If swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectType3(i, -1) = swSelectType_e.swSelFACES Then
                
                ' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
                Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
                
            Else
    
              ' Inform user to select a Face
              MsgBox "Please select a Face."
    
              ' Clear selection
              swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
            End If
          Case 2, 3, 4, 5
            ' If face is selected
            If swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectType3(i, -1) = swSelectType_e.swSelFACES Then
                
                Dim previousSelection As SldWorks.Entity
                Set previousSelection = swObjects(selectItems - 1)
                
                Dim currentSelection As SldWorks.Entity
                Set currentSelection = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
                 
                If Not previousSelection Is currentSelection Then
                  ' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
                  Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
                End If
                
            Else
    
              ' Inform user to select a Face
              MsgBox "Please select a Face."
    
              ' Clear selection
              swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
            End If
        End Select
        
      Next
      
      DoEvents
    Wend
    
    ' Increase the selection count
    selectItems = selectItems + 1

  Wend
    
  ' Clear previous selection
  swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  
  ' Local variable for counter
  Dim j As Integer
  j = 1
  
  ' Loop till counter is 6, since we have 5 selection
  While j < 6
    
    ' Set the current instance to Solidworks Entity variable
    Set swObject = swObjects(j)
    
    ' Create Select data for this entity
    Set swSelData = swSelMgr.CreateSelectData
    
    ' Update Marking as per selected entity
    Select Case j
      Case 1
        ' For neutral face, set mark to 1
        swSelData.Mark = 1
      Case 2, 3, 4, 5
        ' For draft faces, set mark to 2
        swSelData.Mark = 2
    End Select

    ' Select the current entity
    swObject.Select4 True, swSelData
    
    j = j + 1
      
  Wend
  
  ' Local variables used as Conversion Factors
  Dim LengthConversionFactor As Double
  Dim AngleConversionFactor As Double
  
  ' Use a Select Case, to get the length of active Unit and set the different factors
  Select Case swDoc.GetUnits(0)       ' GetUnits function gives us, active unit
    
    Case swMETER    ' If length is in Meter
      LengthConversionFactor = 1
      AngleConversionFactor = 1
    
    Case swMM       ' If length is in MM
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swCM       ' If length is in CM
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 100
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swINCHES   ' If length is in INCHES
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 * 0.0254
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swFEET     ' If length is in FEET
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 * (0.0254 * 12)
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swFEETINCHES     ' If length is in FEET & INCHES
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 * 0.0254  ' For length we use sama as Inch
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swANGSTROM        ' If length is in ANGSTROM
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 10000000000#
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swNANOMETER       ' If length is in NANOMETER
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000000000
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
    
    Case swMICRON       ' If length is in MICRON
      LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000000
      AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
  End Select
  
  ' Variable to hold draft angle
  Dim response As String
  
  ' Getting draft angle from user.
  response = InputBox("Please Enter [Draft Angle]:", "Draft Fetaure")
  
  ' This will handle empty value or cancel case
  If Len(response) = 0 Then
    MsgBox "Empty or no value. Please try again."
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' This will handle case for Non-numeric values
  If IsNumeric(response) = False Then
    MsgBox "Entered value is Non-numeric. Please try again."
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' Variable to store validate draft angle
  Dim draftAngle As Double
  draftAngle = CDbl(response) * AngleConversionFactor
  
  ' This will handle case for 0 draft angle
  If draftAngle = 0 Then
    MsgBox "Entered value must be greater than 0. Please try again."
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' Create Draft feature
  Set swFeature = swDoc.FeatureManager.InsertMultiFaceDraft(draftAngle, False, False, 0, False, False)

  ' Check if Draft feature creates or not
  If swFeature Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox ("Failed to create Draft feature.")
    Exit Sub
  End If
  
  ' Erase array data
  Erase swObjects
  
  ' View zoom to fit
  swDoc.ViewZoomtofit2
  
  ' Clear all selection
  swDoc.ClearSelection2 True

End Sub

Prerequisite

There are some prerequisite for this article.

  • Knowledge of VBA programming language is ❗required.
  • We are not creating feature from code but we use existing πŸš€ Extrude feature to create Draft feature.

Below image shown prerequisite 3D model for our demo.

prerequisite

As shown in above image, there is one Extrude features in our part.

  • Base Feature : This is our Base Extrude feature.

If you want to create this Extrude features programmatically then please refer to below article.

We will apply checks in this article, so the code we write should be error free most of the time.

Steps To Follow

This Draft Feature VBA macro can be divided into following sections:

  1. Creating Global Variables
  2. Initializing required variables
  3. Ask user to select faces
  4. Mark selected entities
  5. Get unit Conversion factors
  6. Get Draft Angle And Validation
  7. Create Draft feature
  8. Final work

Every section with each line is explained below.

I also give some links (see icon πŸš€) so that you can go through them if there are anything I explained in previous articles.

Creating Global Variables

Option Explicit
' Variable for Solidworks application
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for Solidworks application.
  • Variable Name: swApp
  • Type: SldWorks.SldWorks
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.
' Variable for Solidworks document
Dim swDoc As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for Solidworks document.
  • Variable Name: swDoc
  • Type: SldWorks.ModelDoc2
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.
' Variable for Solidworks Selection Manager
Dim swSelMgr As SldWorks.SelectionMgr
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for Solidworks Selection Manager.
  • Variable Name: swSelMgr
  • Type: SldWorks.SelectionMgr.
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.
' Variable for Solidworks Entity
Dim swObject As SldWorks.Entity
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for selection and marking of Solidworks Entity.
  • Variable Name: swObject
  • Type: SldWorks.Entity
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.
' Variable for Solidworks Select Data
Dim swSelData As SldWorks.SelectData
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for Marking of Solidworks Select Data.
  • Variable Name: swSelData
  • Type: SldWorks.SelectData
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.
' Variable for Solidworks Draft Feature
Dim swFeature As SldWorks.Feature
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for Solidworks Draft Feature.
  • Variable Name: swFeature
  • Type: SldWorks.Feature
  • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online SOLIDWORKS API Help.

These all are our global variables.

They are SOLIDWORKS API Objects.

' Main program for Draft
Sub main()

End Sub
  • In above line, we create main program for Draft Feature.
  • This is a Sub procedure which has name of main.
  • This procedure hold all the statements (instructions) we give to computer.
  • Reference: Detailed information πŸš€ VBA Sub and Function Procedures article of this website.

Initializing Required Variables

Inside this section we initialize required variables.

' Set Solidworks Application variable to current application
Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
  • In above line, we set value of swApp variable.
  • This value is currently opened Solidworks application.
' Check if Solidworks is opened or not
If swApp Is Nothing Then  
  MsgBox ("SOLIDWORKS is not opened")  
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check if we successfully set the value of swApp variable.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: swApp Is Nothing
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: SOLIDWORKS is not opened
    • Then we stop our macro here.
' Set Solidworks document variable to currently opened document
Set swDoc = swApp.ActiveDoc
  • In above line, we set value of swDoc variable.
  • This value is currently opened part document.
' Check if Solidworks document is opened or not
If swDoc Is Nothing Then
  MsgBox ("Solidworks document is not opened. Please open a document.")
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check if we successfully set the value of swDoc variable.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: swDoc Is Nothing
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: SOLIDWORKS document is not opened. Please open a document.
    • Then we stop our macro here.
' Set Solidworks Selection Manager variable
Set swSelMgr = swDoc.SelectionManager
  • In above line, we set value of swSelMgr variable.
  • This value is current document’s Selection Manager.
' Array of Solidworks Entities
Dim swObjects(1 To 5) As SldWorks.Entity
  • In above line, we create an πŸš€ Array of Solidworks Entities.
  • Variable Name: swObjects
  • Type: SldWorks.Entity
  • Length of Array: (1 To 5)
  • Reference: Please visit
' Local variable for selection
Dim selectItems As Integer
selectItems = 1
  • In above line, we create a variable for selection and set its value.
  • Variable Name: selectItems
  • Type: Integer
  • Value: 1

Ask user to select faces

In this section, we ask user to select faces for Draft feature.

' Loop till we select all entities
While selectItems <= 5

Wend
  • In above line of code we start a While loop.
  • We loop until selectItems variable’s value is equal to 5.
  • Reference: πŸš€ VBA Looping article from this website.
' Message to show user
Dim messageToUser As String
  • In above line, we create a variable to show a messages we want to show before selection.
  • Variable Name: messageToUser
  • Type: String
' Update Messages
Select Case selectItems
Case 1
  messageToUser = "Please select a Neutral Face."
Case 2, 3, 4, 5
  messageToUser = "Please select Faces for Draft."
End Select
  • In above code block, we use a Select statement to update message.
  • We use the case on selectItems.
    • Case 1: messageToUser update to "Please select a Neutral Face."
    • Case 2: messageToUser update to "Please select Faces for Draft."
  • Reference: πŸš€ Select statement article of this website.
' Show message to user
MsgBox messageToUser
  • In above line, we show the message to user.
  • Below image shows the message for Neutral Face to the user.

message-to-select-neutral-face

  • Below image shows the message for Faces for Draft to the user.

message-to-select-draft-face

' Loop until we complete our selection
While swObjects(selectItems) Is Nothing    

Wend
  • In above line, we create another While loop.
  • This loops continues to run until we select the our Feature and Edge for circular pattern.
  • Reference: πŸš€ VBA Looping article from this website.
' Local integer for loop
Dim i As Integer
  • In above line, we create a variable as a counter.
  • Variable Name: i
  • Type: Integer
' Loop until we select
For i = 1 To swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectCount2(-1)

Next
  • In above line, we create a For loop.
  • This loops start from i = 1 to number of objects we select.
' Update Messages
Select Case selectItems

End Select
  • In above line, we use a Select statement for selection entities.
  • We use the case on selectItems.
  • Reference: πŸš€ Select statement article of this website.
Case 1
  ' If the selection type is face
  If swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectType3(i, -1) = swSelectType_e.swSelFACES Then

    ' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
    Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)

  Else

    ' Inform user to select a Face
    MsgBox "Please select a Face."

    ' Clear selection
    swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  End If
  • Above code block we use for Case 1.
  • In above code block, we use πŸš€ IF/ElseIf statement with conditions.
  • The πŸš€ IF statement is True when selected object is type of SOLIDWORKS Face.
  • If selected object is not type of SOLIDWORKS Face then πŸš€ Else statement code runs.

When we select the sketch from Model view, then selected object is SOLIDWORKS Face.
When we select the sketch from Feature Tree, then select object is SOLIDWORKS Body Feature.

' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
  • When πŸš€ IF statement is True we run above line.
  • In above line, we set the object inside array.
    • Array of SOLIDWORKS Entities = swObjects
    • Indexed Entity Object = swObjects[selectItems]
  • Indexed Entity Object value set by GetSelectedObject6() method.
    • GetSelectedObject6() method is part of SOLIDWORKS Selection Manager.
    • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online Solidworks API Help.
' Inform user to select a Face
MsgBox "Please select a Face."

' Clear selection
swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  • When πŸš€ Else statement is True we execute run above lines.
  • 1st Line: We show a message to user to select Feature from Feature Tree.
  • 2nd Line: After that we clear our selection.
Case 2, 3, 4, 5
  ' If face is selected
  If swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectType3(i, -1) = swSelectType_e.swSelFACES Then

    Dim previousSelection As SldWorks.Entity
    Set previousSelection = swObjects(selectItems - 1)
    Dim currentSelection As SldWorks.Entity
    Set currentSelection = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)

    If Not previousSelection Is currentSelection Then
      ' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
      Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
    End If

  Else

    ' Inform user to select a Face
    MsgBox "Please select a Face."

    ' Clear selection
    swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  End If
  • Above code block we use for Case 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • In above line, we use πŸš€ IF/Else statement with conditions.
  • πŸš€ IF statement is True when selected object is type of SOLIDWORKS Face.
  • If selected object is not type of SOLIDWORKS Face then πŸš€ Else statement code runs.
Dim previousSelection As SldWorks.Entity
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for previously selected Solidworks Entity.
  • Variable Name: previousSelection
  • Type: SldWorks.Entity
Set previousSelection = swObjects(selectItems - 1)
  • In above line, we set the value of previousSelection variable to previously selected entity.
Dim currentSelection As SldWorks.Entity
  • Purpose: In above line, we create a variable for currently selected Solidworks Entity.
  • Variable Name: currentSelection
  • Type: SldWorks.Entity
Set currentSelection = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
  • In above line, we set the value of currentSelection variable to currently selected entity.
If Not previousSelection Is currentSelection Then

End If
  • In above code, we check if previous and currently selected entities are different.
  • So, we can select different faces.
  • When πŸš€ IF statement is True we execute code given below.
' Set the Solidworks Entity object to feature
Set swObjects(selectItems) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObject6(i, -1)
  • In above line, we set the indexed object inside array.
    • Array of SOLIDWORKS Entities = swObjects
    • Indexed Entity Object = swObjects[selectItems]
  • Indexed Entity Object value set by GetSelectedObject6() method.
    • GetSelectedObject6() method is part of SOLIDWORKS Selection Manager.
    • Reference: Please visit πŸš€ online Solidworks API Help.
' Inform user to select Face
MsgBox "Please select a Face."

' Clear selection
swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  • When πŸš€ Else statement is True we execute code given below.
  • 1st Line: We show a message to user to select Face.
  • 2nd Line: We clear our selection.
DoEvents
  • After For loop end, we have a call for DoEvents function.
  • This function repeats the While loop until we complete Feature or Edge selection.
' Clear previous selection
swDoc.ClearSelection2 True

' Increase the selection count
selectItems = selectItems + 1
  • 1st Line: We clear previous selection.
  • 2nd Line: Increment the selectItems count by 1.

After increment the selected count we continue our while loop.

Mark selected Entities

In previous section, we complete our selection.

In this section, we complete Select and Mark entities correctly from our Array.

' Local variable for counter
Dim j As Integerj = 1
  • In above line, we create a variable as a counter.
  • Variable Name: j
  • Type: Integer
  • Value: 1
' Loop till counter is 6, since we have 5 selection
While j < 6
  
Wend
  • In above line, we create a while loop.
  • Condition: that counter value of j should be less than 6.
  • Reference: πŸš€ VBA Looping article from this website.
' Set the current instance to Solidworks Entity variable
Set swObject = swObjects(j)
  • In above line, we set the SOLIDWORKS Entity variable to current object from array.
' Create Select data for this entity
Set swSelData = swSelMgr.CreateSelectData
  • In above line, we create SOLIDWORKS Select Data for current SOLIDWORKS Entity object.
' Update Marking as per selected entity
Select Case j

End Select
  • In above line of code, we use a Select statement for selection entities.
  • We use the case on j.
  • Reference: πŸš€ Select statement article of this website.
Case 1  
	' For neutral face, set mark to 1  
	swSelData.Mark = 1
  • Above code block, we use for Case 1.
  • In above lines, we set Mark to 1.
  • For Draft feature, Mark values can be follows:
Any… Must be preselected and marked with a value of…
Neutral face 1
Draft faces 2
Draft Edges 4
Case 2, 3, 4, 5  
	' For draft faces, set mark to 2  
	swSelData.Mark = 2
  • Above code sample we use for Case 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • In above lines, we update the Mark to 2.
  • For Draft feature, Mark values can be follows:
Any… Must be preselected and marked with a value of…
Neutral face 1
Draft faces 2
Draft Edges 4
' Select the current entity
swObject.Select4 True, swSelData
  • In above line, we select the object.
  • We select it by using Select4 method of SOLIDWORKS Entity object.
  • This method takes 2 arguments.
    • Append - True appends the entity to the selection list, False replaces the selection list with this entity.
    • Data - Pointer to the ISelectData object.
  • We use following values as parameter.
    • Append - True
    • Data - swSelData
j = j + 1

After Select statement, we increment the counter variable j by 1.

Get unit Conversion factors

In this section we get unit Conversion factors.

' Local variables used as Conversion Factors
Dim LengthConversionFactor As Double
Dim AngleConversionFactor As Double

' Use a Select Case, to get the length of active Unit and set the different factors
Select Case swDoc.GetUnits(0)       ' GetUnits function gives us, active unit

Case swMETER    ' If length is in Meter
  LengthConversionFactor = 1
  AngleConversionFactor = 1

Case swMM       ' If length is in MM
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swCM       ' If length is in CM
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 100
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swINCHES   ' If length is in INCHES
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 * 0.0254
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swFEET     ' If length is in FEET
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 * (0.0254 * 12)
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swFEETINCHES     ' If length is in FEET & INCHES
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 * 0.0254  ' For length we use sama as Inch
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swANGSTROM        ' If length is in ANGSTROM
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 10000000000#
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swNANOMETER       ' If length is in NANOMETER
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000000000
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329

Case swMICRON       ' If length is in MICRON
  LengthConversionFactor = 1 / 1000000
  AngleConversionFactor = 1 * 0.01745329
End Select

Get Draft Angle And Validation

In this section, we get get the Draft Angle from user and apply some validation on Draft Angle.

' Variable to hold draft angle
Dim response As String
  • In above line, we create a variable as a counter.
  • Variable Name: response
  • Type: String
' Getting draft angle from user
response = InputBox("Please Enter [Draft Angle]:", "Draft Fetaure")
  • In above line of code we are doing 2 steps in one line.

    Those 3 steps are explained below.

    • Step 1 - Getting Draft Angle from user.

    Below image shows the message for Draft Angle to the user.

    message-to-enter-draft-angle

    • Step 2 - Assigned input value to response variable.
' This will handle empty value or cancel case
If Len(response) = 0 Then  
  MsgBox "Empty or no value. Please try again."  
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check the length of input value.
  • This check will handle case for empty value or cancel operation case.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: Len(response) = 0
    • Len() is pre-build VBA function which check the length of a object.
    • In above cases, we will get 0 value.
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: Empty or no value. Please try again.
    • Then we stop our macro here.
' This will handle case for Non-numeric values
If IsNumeric(response) = False Then  
  MsgBox "Entered value is Non-numeric. Please try again."  
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check if the input value is Non-numeric.
  • This check will handle case for Non-numeric values.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: IsNumeric(response) = False
    • IsNumeric() is pre-build VBA function which check if passing object is Numeric or not.
    • In above cases, we will get False value.
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: Entered value is Non-numeric. Please try again.
    • Then we stop our macro here.
' Variable to store validate draft angle
Dim draftAngle As Double
  • In above line, we create a variable to store Rib Thickness.
  • Variable Name: draftAngle
  • Type: Double
draftAngle = CDbl(response) * AngleConversionFactor
  • In above line of code we are doing 3 steps in one line.

    Those 3 steps are explained below.

    • Step 1 - Converting Draft Angle from user to Double type.
    • Step 2 - Updating converted Rib Thickness as per document unit system.

    • Step 3 - Assigned input value to draftAngle variable.
' This will handle case for 0 draft angle
If RibThickness = 0 Then  
  MsgBox "Entered value must be greater than 0. Please try again."  
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check if the input value is zero (0).
  • This check will handle case for 0 Draft Angle.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: draftAngle = 0
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: Entered value must be greater than 0. Please try again.
    • Then we stop our macro here.

Create Draft feature

In this section, we create Draft feature.

' Create Draft feature
Set swFeature = swDoc.FeatureManager.InsertMultiFaceDraft(draftAngle, False, False, 0, False, False)
  • In above line, we set the value of variable swFeature by InsertMultiFaceDraft method.

  • This InsertMultiFaceDraft method takes following parameters as explained:

    • Angle - Draft angle in radians.
    • FlipDir - True to flip the direction of the draft.
    • EdgeDraft - True if this is an edge draft and the user selects edges to draft, False if this is a face draft and the user selects faces to draft.
    • PropType - Propagation type:
      • 0 = No propagation
      • 1 = Propagate to the next tangent faces that share the base neutral plane; valid for edge draft or neutral plane draft
      • 2 = Propagate to all faces that are a neighbor of the neutral plane
      • 3 = Propagate to all faces that a neighbor of the neutral plane on all inner loops
      • 4 = Propagate to all faces that are a neighbor of the neutral plane on the outer loop
    • IsStepDraft - True if the draft is a step draft, False to not.
    • IsBodyDraft - True if the draft is a body draft, False to not.
  • Return Value : This InsertMultiFaceDraft method return πŸ‘‰ Feature data object.

  • In our code, I have used following values:

    Parameter Name Value Used
    Angle draftAngle
    FlipDir False
    EdgeDraft False
    PropType 0
    IsStepDraft False
    IsBodyDraft False

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' Check if Draft feature creates or not
If swFeature Is Nothing Then
  MsgBox ("Failed to create Draft feature.")
  Exit Sub
End If
  • In above code block, we check if we successfully create Draft Feature or not.
  • We use πŸš€ IF statement for checking.
  • Condition: swFeature Is Nothing
  • When this condition is True,
    • We show and πŸš€ message window to user.
    • Message: Failed to create Draft Feature.
    • Then we stop our macro here.

Now we run the macro and after running macro we get Draft feature as shown in below image.

draft-feature-final-result

Final work

In this section, after creating Draft Feature, we have to do some cleaning work so that we can use this macro frequently.

' Erase array data
Erase swObjects
  • In above line, we erase data from SOLIDWORKS Entity array.
  • For this we use Erase function in-build in VBA.
' View zoom to fit
swDoc.ViewZoomtofit2
  • In above line, we make our view zoom to fit the model.
  • For this we use ViewZoomtofit2 method which is part of SOLIDWORKS Document variable i.e swDoc variable.
' Clear all selection
swDoc.ClearSelection2 True
  • In above line, we clear all previous selection.
  • For this we use ClearSelection2 method which is part of SOLIDWORKS Document variable i.e swDoc variable.

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