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Macro to rename configurations by the filename

Question asked by Daniel Muller on Jun 6, 2018
Latest reply on Jun 8, 2018 by Daniel Muller



I work in a medical company using Solidworks 2018. I would like to save a lot of time for me and my team using a macro. I found this thread : rename configs and derived configs using find replace macro but it's not exactly that I would like.


The aim of the macro will be to rename the configurations of a part with a function like "find and replace". Usually, we create prototype parts with this type of configurations : AB18_1234_0X and after the first series of prototype, we convert all the parts manually (several hundred) with a customer designation like 5678_9123_0X .

Old partNew part


- Sometimes we have only 2 operations of machining, so 2 configurations, and sometimes we have 3, 4 or 5 configurations.


- The end of the configurations (the 3 last characters) must be always the same between old part and new part ("_00 ; _01 ; _02 ; _03...")


- Only the 9 first characters must change (XXXX_XXXX) and must be extract from the 9 first characters of the part name (we rename manually the part name in windows explorer) which is always composed of "XXXX_XXXX_00". Also the end of the part name (3 last characters) is always the same ("_00").


- If we can also update the "description of the configuration" with the same string than the configuration it will be nice :



Me and my team thank you in advance,