Read all invisible custom properties using SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API


SOLIDWORKS models contain several invisible custom properties, such as $PRP:"SW-File Name", $PRP:"SW-Title". Those are read-only and cannot be modified.

This VBA macro reads and outputs all invisible custom properties from the specified model using SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API. The result is output to the immediate window of the VBA editor in the following format:

SW-Short Date: 12/09/2019 [Text]
SW-Long Date: Thursday, 12 September 2019 [Text]
SW-Configuration Name: A [Text]
SW-Created Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:46:55 AM [Text]
SW-Last Saved Date: Thursday, 12 September 2019 8:33:04 PM [Text]
SW-Last Saved By: artem.taturevych [Text]
MyProperty: MyValue [Text]

Specify the file to read properties from in FILE_PATH constant.

Const SW_DM_KEY As String = "Your license key"

Const FILE_PATH As String = "C:\SampleModel.SLDPRT"

Dim swDmClassFactory As SwDocumentMgr.swDmClassFactory
Dim swDmApp As SwDocumentMgr.SwDMApplication

Sub main()

    Set swDmClassFactory = CreateObject("SwDocumentMgr.SwDMClassFactory")
    If Not swDmClassFactory Is Nothing Then
        Set swDmApp = swDmClassFactory.GetApplication(SW_DM_KEY)
        Dim swDmDoc As SwDocumentMgr.SwDMDocument19
        Set swDmDoc = OpenDocument(FILE_PATH, True)
        Dim vPrpNames As Variant
        vPrpNames = swDmDoc.GetInvisibleCustomPropertyNames()
        If Not IsEmpty(vPrpNames) Then
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To UBound(vPrpNames)
                Dim prpName As String
                prpName = vPrpNames(i)
                Dim prpType As SwDmCustomInfoType
                Dim prpTypeName As String
                Dim prpVal As String
                prpVal = swDmDoc.GetInvisibleCustomProperty(prpName, prpType)
                Select Case prpType
                    Case SwDmCustomInfoType.swDmCustomInfoDate
                        prpTypeName = "Date"
                    Case SwDmCustomInfoType.swDmCustomInfoNumber
                        prpTypeName = "Number"
                    Case SwDmCustomInfoType.swDmCustomInfoText
                        prpTypeName = "Text"
                    Case SwDmCustomInfoType.swDmCustomInfoYesOrNo
                        prpTypeName = "YesNo"
                    Case SwDmCustomInfoType.swDmCustomInfoUnknown
                        prpTypeName = "Unknown"
                End Select
                Debug.Print prpName & ": " & prpVal & " [" & prpTypeName & "]"
        End If
        MsgBox "Document Manager SDK is not installed"
    End If
End Sub

Function OpenDocument(filePath As String, readOnly As Boolean) As SwDocumentMgr.SwDMDocument19
    Dim openErr As SwDmDocumentOpenError
    Dim docType As SwDocumentMgr.SwDmDocumentType
    Dim ext As String
    ext = LCase(Right(filePath, Len(".SLDXXX")))
    Select Case ext
        Case ".sldprt"
            docType = swDmDocumentPart
        Case ".sldasm"
            docType = swDmDocumentAssembly
        Case ".slddrw"
            docType = swDmDocumentDrawing
    End Select
    Dim swDmDoc As SwDocumentMgr.SwDMDocument19
    Set swDmDoc = swDmApp.GetDocument(filePath, docType, readOnly, openErr)
    If swDmDoc Is Nothing Then
        Err.Raise vbError, "", "Failed to open document: " & openErr
    End If
    Set OpenDocument = swDmDoc
End Function

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