Video: Write A Powerful Macro From Scratch

Blog 11.16.2012 1 Comment

The time has come for another free video tutorial! In this tutorial, novice SolidWorks API programmers learn just how easy it is to create a powerful macro from scratch in under a half hour. In this particular example, we write a macro that deletes all of the balloons attached to Toolbox parts in a selected drawing view. The idea came from the SolidWorks API forums, where a gentleman said that such a macro would save him lots of time as he detailed drawings.

Unlike some of my other videos, I don’t explain every single piece of code (though I explain enough to help any beginners), but instead I get right down to business, outlining the steps needed to program the macro and testing the code each step of the way. As you watch this video, you should get a better idea of how I write powerful macros quickly and hopefully glean some insights as a result.

Files

Download file set and completed code (files will open in SolidWorks 2011 and beyond)

Notes:

  • The file set is not the exact same one used in the video tutorial since I needed to quickly create a new file set for compatibility in SolidWorks 2011 and 2012.
  • If you do not have toolbox installed, or do not have it installed at C:\SolidWorks Data, simply create that folder on your C:\, place the hex bolt part file in there, and update your file references accordingly the next time you open the assembly.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Feel free to leave feedback!

Keith

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One Comment

  1. Awesome video! Thanks for sharing! Learned some new tricks.

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