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I'm writing a macro within Excel.  When I transfer a cell value into a SolidWorks model dimension I divide the cell value by 1000 to get a millimeter value for the model, as in the following example:

Part.Parameter("Dim@Sketch@Model.SLDPRT").SystemValue = [cell].Value / 1000

This works fine for linear dimensions.

Problem: I want to transfer an angular value.  I can't seem to figure out what the relationship is during the transfer.  For instance, when I want to transfer the value of 36°, it transforms into 2063°.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a conversion factor?  It doesn't appear to even be a radian value, ie. 36/360*2pi = .628pi.  The closest that I can get is (36/1000) * (36/2), but this yields 37°+.

I'm totally baffled.


Christopher Zona
Litens Automotive Partnership
Concord, Ontario, Canada

RE: Excell/API/Macro/Conversion

i'm baffled as well...

have you considered calculating the radian value within excel, then transferring the radian value to solidworks, and then changing the radian value to degrees in solid works?   a possible workaround?  not familiar with solidworks...


RE: Excell/API/Macro/Conversion

Why are you baffled?

36 radians is 2062.6º.  And given that the default angle measurement unit in Excel is radians, this makes perfect sense.


RE: Excell/API/Macro/Conversion

you can use the built-in function "degrees()" if you want to display an angle in degrees; the formula
is perfectly legal, see the help in excel.

I do not know details about your calculations, but if you need to convert meters (i believe) to millimeters, you need to multiply by 1000, not divide...

RE: Excell/API/Macro/Conversion

Great stuff guys, thanks for the help.

gearguru - I heed what you're saying.  My reason is this:  when the cell value leaves Excel and goes to SolidWorks it is interpretted a meter value when it enters SolidWorks.  If the value is divided by 1000 when it leaves Excell then it is seen as a decimal meter.  Otherwise I would totally agree.  Thanks



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