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Length: 3 days

Prerequisites: SOLIDWORKS Essentials, Visual Basic programming.

Description: API Fundamentals teaches you how to use the SOLIDWORKS API (Application Programming Interface) to automate and customize SolidWorks.

The topics covered in this course are:

Using the Macro Recorder

  • Macro Recording
  • Macro Toolbar
  • Understanding How Macro Code Works
  • Understanding How to Call Members on API Interfaces
  • Passing Parameters
  • Cleaning Up Code
  • Adding Forms to a Macro

The API Object Model

  • SOLIDWORKS API Object Model
  • Application Objects
  • Case Study: Connecting to New Documents
  • Case Study: Connecting to Existing Documents

Setting System Options and Document Properties

  • User Preferences - System Options
  • User Preferences - Document Properties
  • Locating the Correct APIs and Enumeration Values
  • UserPreference Tables For System Options
  • UserPreference Tables For Document Properties

Automating Part Design

  • Case Study: Automation Tool for Parts

Assembly Automation

  • Case Study: Automation Tool for Assemblies

Drawing Automation

  • Case Study: Automating Drawing Creation

Selection and Traversal Techniques

  • Case Study: Programming With a Selected Object
  • The SOLIDWORKS BREP Model
  • Case Study: Body and Face Traversal
  • Case Study: Feature Manager Traversal

Adding Custom Properties and Attributes

  • Case Study: Custom Properties
  • Case Study: Configurations With Custom Properties
  • Case Study: File Summary Information
  • Case Study: Document Attributes
  • The Attribute Objects
  • Case Study: Face Attributes

The SolidWorks API SDK

  • The API SDK
  • Case Study: Creating a VB.NET Add-In
  • Case Study: Creating a C# Add-In
  • Case Study: C++ Add-Ins
  • Choosing a Programming Language

Customizing the SolidWorks User Interface

  • Case Study: Customizing the UI With VB.NET
  • Understanding The Add-in Code
  • Property Pages
  • Property Page Groups and Controls
  • Removing Menus and Toolbars
  • Other Areas of Customization

Notifications

  • Notifications
  • Notifications in VBA
  • Case Study: Simple Notification
  • Case Study: Using Notifications in .NET

Appendix

  • Macro Feature
  • Batch Conversion 1
  • Batch Conversion 2
  • Assembly Traversal
  • Custom Model View

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