i see alot of talk about running macro's. i have used VERY LITTLE in excel so im curious how they work in SW? and how they benefit us?
Macros are scripts that let you run operations in the SolidWorks software automatically
Got more information here: 2014 SOLIDWORKS Help - Recording and Playing Macros
Please check this link for details on learning API: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/364355#364355
ahh cool. thanks
To fully understand a Macro you need to understand the concept of APIs i.e. Application programming interface. In context of SolidWorks An API is a thin layer over the UI functionality which allows you to write code for implementing UI functionality. The quickest and easiest way to start programming with the SolidWorks API is to record a SolidWorks macro. The primary benefit of a macro is Automation. You can create macros for repetitive tasks. For example if you are designing a component and while doing it if you record a macro, later when you need the same component you can just run the macro and you will get the component instead of designing it again. You can also create various versions of the same component if you need by using variables for component parameters. Tasks like exporting models can also be handled using macros.
You can explore more about SolidWorks macros here 2014 SolidWorks API Help - SolidWorks Macros
I recommend that you search "SolidWorks macros" in the search engine of your choice (DuckDuckGo.com is nice), download some macros and try them. solidworks macros at DuckDuckGo
Here is a link to some macros I have published: Esox Republic SolidWorks API Tools
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