Demonstration of Application Programming Interface (API)

Demonstration of Application Programming Interface (API)

1. What is the Application Programming Interface? 

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a shared boundary provided by the software to facilitate communication. In the case of a CAD system, it is a way to interact with the software and CAD files with another program. Companies, such as Dassault; the makers of Solidworks, provide these APIs as a consistent entry point. An API is like supervised access to the back room. It won’t let you in anywhere you shouldn’t be, and won’t let you break anything important, but you can still see how the sausage is made. APIs in CAD programs open up new possibilities in how you interact with the program. From reading data to automating design, APIs are a powerful asset.

2. What is the function of Macro?

Macros are normally used to map a short string to a longer sequence of instructions. Another, less common, use of macros is to do the reverse: to map a sequence of instructions to a macro string.

A small program or script to automate a common task, usually launched by loading the program with the macro utility. Solidworks allows you to create macros by recording user actions as an easy jump-off point. Useful for quick and small-time saves. All macros are written in VB.Net, but no extra software is needed.

3. Which is the tool used to exit from sketcher workbench to part design Workbench?  

Exit sketcher

4. What is the use of construction elements? 

 Construction elements are used to help construct your sketch, but it will not be used to create features.

5. What are the default units of Length?  

The meter is the default unit of length in the SI unit system.

6. What is SKETCH TOOLS in sketcher workbench & Explain the Importance of it?

SKETCH TOOLS are namely geometric and dimensional constraints, construction elements/standard elements, and Grid options.

SKETCH TOOLS in sketcher workbench are the commands which locate their use in creating sketches.

 7. Is it possible to hide the specification tree? 

 Yes, with help of the F3 button, but the option in the Tools command must be checked to allow this.

8. Where do we use the axis?  

An axis is the reference line that is used to measure coordinates on graphs and grids.

9. Can we redefine the sketches?  

Yes, We can change the sketch's reference plane by right click on the sketch, whose reference plane is to be changed and selecting the change reference plane, and then selecting new references.

10. What is the function of the mirror command in the sketch?

Creates a mirrored copy of selected objects by the symmetrical mate to a part.

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