I have a body in Solidworks and have a plane defined where I cut the body at the plane. This leaves an exposed face. There are several things I want to do with this face such as compute the section properties and write the results to a text file, I also want to save the face as a step file.
In order to achieve this, I started by recording a macro of me performing the functions manually. However, some of the functions the macro recorded won't work consistently.
I was looking through the API object model and cannot find a method for programmatically selecting the face on the currently selected plane.
Define a plane at a distance of x.not (named CutPlane)
Define a sketch
Draw a rectangle larger than the part
extrude the reactangle leaving only a partial body
Then, for example, my VBA code does the following:
calculate a starting x position of the plane
change position of CutPlane
'Here is the problem
select face on selected plane "CutPlane"
calculate section properties from face
write to text file
save face as step file
update x position
update step file name
As I understand, there are numerous ways I could have gotten the section face but I needed the cutplane for other reasons and thought I would make use of it for this macro as well.
Is there a simple way to select the CutPlane by name and get the face on that plane?