Enhance standard SOLIDWORKS 3D bounding box by making its edges selectable
It is not recommended to select the standard planes by their names as names are not consistent and may be changed in the template (e.g. different localization or standard).
This example demonstrates how to select standard plane (Top, Front or Right) using SOLIDWORKS API by specifying its type so the selection will be consistent regardless of the plane name.
This macro works based on the fact that the default SOLIDWORKS planes are always ordered the same way, i.e. Front, Top and Right planes are the first planes in the model, positioned before the origin feature and cannot be reordered or removed.
Public Enum swPlanes_e Front = 1 Top = 2 Right = 3 End Enum Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks Sub main() Set swApp = Application.SldWorks Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2 Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc If Not swModel Is Nothing Then If swModel.GetType() = swDocumentTypes_e.swDocASSEMBLY Or _ swModel.GetType() = swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART Then SelectPlane swModel, swPlanes_e.Right Else MsgBox "Only assemblies and parts are supported" End If Else MsgBox "Please open part or assembly" End If End Sub Sub SelectPlane(model As SldWorks.ModelDoc2, planeType As swPlanes_e) Dim planeIndex As Integer Dim swFeat As SldWorks.Feature Set swFeat = model.FirstFeature Do While Not swFeat Is Nothing If swFeat.GetTypeName = "RefPlane" Then planeIndex = planeIndex + 1 If CInt(planeType) = planeIndex Then swFeat.Select2 False, 0 Exit Sub End If End If Set swFeat = swFeat.GetNextFeature Loop End Sub