Macro for extended advanced selections using SOLIDWORKS API

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Envelope components selected in the feature manager tree
Envelope components selected in the feature manager tree

This macro is using SOLIDWORKS API to extend the available list of selection criteria in the Advanced Selection tool in SOLIDWORKS assembly.

Macro allows to select the following group of components (or combinations)

  • Float - underconstrained components (components which have minus symbol (-) in their names)
  • ExcludedFromBom - components which are excluded from Bill Of Materials (including Envelope components)
  • Envelope - components which are marked as envelope
  • NoMates - components which contain no mates

In order to configure the macro modify the CRITERIA and TOP_LEVEL_ONLY constants in the beginning of the macro.

Const CRITERIA As Integer = Criteria_e.Float + Criteria_e.NoMates
Const TOP_LEVEL_ONLY As Boolean = False

TOP_LEVEL_ONLY indicates if only top level components should be used for filtering. Set this option to True to select nested components as well

Const TOP_LEVEL_ONLY As Boolean = True

CRITERIA is a combination of filters where Or operator is applied.

For example

Const CRITERIA As Integer = Criteria_e.Float + Criteria_e.NoMates 'All float components or components with no mates wil be selected
Const CRITERIA As Integer = Criteria_e.Envelope 'Only envelope components will be selected

Modify the filter in the macro as required.

Enum Criteria_e
    Float = 1
    ExcludedFromBom = 2
    Envelope = 4
    NoMates = 8
End Enum

Const CRITERIA As Integer = Criteria_e.Float + Criteria_e.NoMates
Const TOP_LEVEL_ONLY As Boolean = False

Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks

Sub main()

    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
    Dim swAssy As SldWorks.AssemblyDoc
    Set swAssy = swApp.ActiveDoc
    If Not swAssy Is Nothing Then
        SelectComponents swAssy, CRITERIA, TOP_LEVEL_ONLY
        MsgBox "Please open assembly"
    End If
    Dim val As Criteria_e
    val = Envelope + ExcludedFromBom + Float
    Debug.Print (val And Envelope) = Envelope
    Debug.Print (val And ExcludedFromBom) = ExcludedFromBom
    Debug.Print (val And Float) = Float
End Sub

Function SelectComponents(assy As SldWorks.AssemblyDoc, crit As Criteria_e, topLevelOnly As Boolean)
    Dim vComps As Variant
    vComps = assy.GetComponents(topLevelOnly)
    Dim swFilteredComps() As SldWorks.Component2
    Dim isArrInit As Boolean
    isArrInit = False
    Dim i As Integer
    For i = 0 To UBound(vComps)
        Dim swComp As SldWorks.Component2
        Set swComp = vComps(i)
        Debug.Print swComp.Name2
        Dim isFiltered As Boolean
        isFiltered = False
        If IsFlagSet(crit, Criteria_e.Float) And swComp.GetConstrainedStatus() <> swConstrainedStatus_e.swFullyConstrained Then
            isFiltered = True
        ElseIf IsFlagSet(crit, Criteria_e.ExcludedFromBom) And swComp.ExcludeFromBOM Then
            isFiltered = True
        ElseIf IsFlagSet(crit, Criteria_e.Envelope) And swComp.IsEnvelope() Then
            isFiltered = True
        ElseIf IsFlagSet(crit, Criteria_e.NoMates) And IsEmpty(swComp.GetMates()) Then
            isFiltered = True
        End If
        If True = isFiltered Then
            If False = isArrInit Then
                isArrInit = True
                ReDim swFilteredComps(0)
                ReDim Preserve swFilteredComps(UBound(swFilteredComps) + 1)
            End If
            Set swFilteredComps(UBound(swFilteredComps)) = swComp
        End If
    If True = isArrInit Then
        Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
        Set swModel = assy
        If UBound(swFilteredComps) + 1 <> swModel.Extension.MultiSelect2(swFilteredComps, False, Nothing) Then
            Err.Raise vbError, , "Failed to select components"
        End If
    End If
End Function

Function IsFlagSet(val As Criteria_e, flag As Criteria_e) As Boolean
    IsFlagSet = (val And flag) = flag
End Function

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