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The SOLIDWORKS API course teaches you how to use the SOLIDWORKS API (Application Programming Interface) to automate and customize SOLIDWORKS.

After the training you will be able to:

  • Automate SOLIDWORKS for your working environment.
  • Design custom applications to increase workflow and reduce mundane SOLIDWORKS tasks
  • Enhance SOLIDWORKS tools to better suit your needs

Course Outline


  • About This Course
  • Windows® 7
  • Use of Color
  • Getting Started
  • Macro Recording Tips

Lesson 1: Using the Macro Recorder

  • Macro Recording
  • Macro Toolbar
  • Understanding How Macro Code Works
  • Understanding How to Call Members on API Interfaces
  • Passing Parameters
  • Cleaning Up Code
  • Adding Forms to a Macro

Lesson 2: The API Object Model

  • SOLIDWORKS API Object Model
  • Application Objects
  • Case Study: Connecting to Existing Documents
  • Case Study: Connecting to New Documents

Lesson 3: Setting System Options and Document Properties

  • User Preferences - System Options
  • User Preferences - Document Properties
  • Locating the Correct APIs and Enumeration Values
  • UserPreference Tables For System Options, Document Properties and Menu Items

Lesson 4: Automating Part Design

  • Case Study: Automation Tool for Parts

Lesson 5: Assembly Automation

  • Case Study: Automation Tool for Assemblies

Lesson 6: Drawing Automation

  • Case Study: Automating Drawing Creation

Lesson 7: Selection and Traversal Techniques

  • Case Study: Programming With a Selected Object
  • Case Study: Body and Face Traversal
  • Case Study: Feature Manager Traversal

Lesson 8: Adding Custom Properties and Attributes

  • Case Study: Custom Properties
  • Case Study: Configurations With Custom Properties
  • Case Study: File Summary Information
  • Case Study: Document Attributes
  • Case Study: Face Attributes
  • The Attribute Objects


  • The API SDK
  • Case Study: Creating a VB.NET Add-In
  • Case Study: Creating a C# Add-In
  • Case Study: C++ Add-Ins
  • Choosing a Programming Language

Lesson 10: Customizing the SOLIDWORKS User Interface

  • Case Study: Customizing the UI With VB.NET
  • Understanding The Add-in Code
  • Property Pages
  • Property Page Groups and Controls
  • Other Areas of Customization
  • Removing Menus and Toolbars

Lesson 11: Notifications

  • Notifications in VBA
  • Case Study: Simple Notification
  • Case Study: Using Notifications in .NET


  • Macro Feature
  • Batch Conversion 1
  • Batch Conversion 2
  • Assembly Traversal
  • Custom Model View
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