Macro feature to automatically run SOLIDWORKS macro on rebuild

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This macro allows to automatically run specified macro with every rebuild operation using SOLIDWORKS API.

To setup the macro:

This macro will be added to the model as a design binder attachment

Macro added as a design binder attachment
Macro added as a design binder attachment

  • Macro feature is inserted to the macro as the last feature in the tree.

When model is rebuilt (either on demand or automatically) macro will be automatically run.

By default macro feature and a macro are embedded into the model. That means that the model can be opened and will be updated on any other workstation which doesn't have this macro available.

This can be also embedded directly to the document template.


Macro feature name can be changed via constant

Const BASE_NAME As String = "[Name of Feature]"

By default the macro is embedded into the model. In order to edit the macro code use the Edit command in the design binder attachment

Edit embedded macro in the design binder
Edit embedded macro in the design binder

In order to avoid embedding of the macro change the following constant to False

Const EMBED_MACRO As Boolean = False

Const BASE_NAME As String = "MacroRunner"
Const EMBED_MACRO As Boolean = True

Const PARAM_MACRO_NAME As String = "MacroName"
Const PARAM_MACRO_MODULE_NAME As String = "MacroModuleName"
Const PARAM_MACRO_PROC_NAME As String = "MacroProcName"

Sub main()

    Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
    Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc
    If Not swModel Is Nothing Then
        Dim macroToRunPath As String
        macroToRunPath = InputBox("Specify the full name for the macro to run")
        If macroToRunPath = "" Then
            Exit Sub
        End If
        If False = swModel.Extension.InsertAttachment(macroToRunPath, Not EMBED_MACRO) Then
            MsgBox "Failed to insert macro attachment"
            Exit Sub
        End If
        Dim curMacroPath As String
        curMacroPath = swApp.GetCurrentMacroPathName
        Dim vMethods(8) As String
        Dim moduleName As String
        GetMacroEntryPoint swApp, curMacroPath, moduleName, ""
        vMethods(0) = curMacroPath: vMethods(1) = moduleName: vMethods(2) = "swmRebuild"
        vMethods(3) = curMacroPath: vMethods(4) = moduleName: vMethods(5) = "swmEditDefinition"
        vMethods(6) = curMacroPath: vMethods(7) = moduleName: vMethods(8) = "swmSecurity"
        Dim vParamNames(2) As String
        vParamNames(0) = PARAM_MACRO_NAME
        vParamNames(1) = PARAM_MACRO_MODULE_NAME
        vParamNames(2) = PARAM_MACRO_PROC_NAME

        Dim vParamTypes(2) As Long
        vParamTypes(0) = swMacroFeatureParamType_e.swMacroFeatureParamTypeString
        vParamTypes(1) = swMacroFeatureParamType_e.swMacroFeatureParamTypeString
        vParamTypes(2) = swMacroFeatureParamType_e.swMacroFeatureParamTypeString

        Dim vParamValues(2) As String
        Dim macroToRunName As String
        Dim macroToRunModuleName As String
        Dim macroToRunProcName As String
        macroToRunName = Right(macroToRunPath, Len(macroToRunPath) - InStrRev(macroToRunPath, "\"))
        GetMacroEntryPoint swApp, macroToRunPath, macroToRunModuleName, macroToRunProcName

        vParamValues(0) = macroToRunName
        vParamValues(1) = macroToRunModuleName
        vParamValues(2) = macroToRunProcName

        Dim swFeat As SldWorks.Feature
        Set swFeat = swModel.FeatureManager.InsertMacroFeature3(BASE_NAME, "", vMethods, _
            vParamNames, vParamTypes, vParamValues, Empty, Empty, Empty, _
            Empty, swMacroFeatureOptions_e.swMacroFeatureEmbedMacroFile + swMacroFeatureOptions_e.swMacroFeatureAlwaysAtEnd)
        If swFeat Is Nothing Then
            MsgBox "Failed to create macro runner"
        End If
        MsgBox "Please open model"
    End If
End Sub

Function swmRebuild(varApp As Variant, varDoc As Variant, varFeat As Variant) As Variant

    Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
    Dim swFeat As SldWorks.Feature
    Set swApp = varApp
    Set swFeat = varFeat
    Dim swMacroFeat As SldWorks.MacroFeatureData
    Set swMacroFeat = swFeat.GetDefinition()
    Dim macroName As String
    Dim moduleName As String
    Dim procName As String
    swMacroFeat.GetStringByName PARAM_MACRO_NAME, macroName
    swMacroFeat.GetStringByName PARAM_MACRO_MODULE_NAME, moduleName
    swMacroFeat.GetStringByName PARAM_MACRO_PROC_NAME, procName
    swmRebuild = swApp.RunAttachedMacro(macroName, moduleName, procName)

End Function

Function swmEditDefinition(varApp As Variant, varDoc As Variant, varFeat As Variant) As Variant
    swmEditDefinition = True
End Function

Function swmSecurity(varApp As Variant, varDoc As Variant, varFeat As Variant) As Variant
    swmSecurity = SwConst.swMacroFeatureSecurityOptions_e.swMacroFeatureSecurityByDefault
End Function

Sub GetMacroEntryPoint(app As SldWorks.SldWorks, macroPath As String, ByRef moduleName As String, ByRef procName As String)
    Dim vMethods As Variant
    vMethods = app.GetMacroMethods(macroPath, swMacroMethods_e.swMethodsWithoutArguments)
    Dim i As Integer
    If Not IsEmpty(vMethods) Then
        For i = 0 To UBound(vMethods)
            Dim vData As Variant
            vData = Split(vMethods(i), ".")
            If i = 0 Or LCase(vData(1)) = "main" Then
                moduleName = vData(0)
                procName = vData(1)
            End If
    End If
End Sub

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