A macro can do it since there is an API for FeatureWorks (documented in 2004
However it looks like the "automatic" recognition isn't completely automatic
: you (or the macro) must first select faces/edges on the model that belong
to the feature, then call a function
FeatureWorksApp::RecognizeFeatureAutomatic with a parameter:
fwExtrudeOption - Run automatic extrude feature recognition.
fwVolume - Recognize volume features automatically.
fwHoles - Recognize hole features automatically.
fwRevolve - Recognize revolve features automatically.
fwChamfils - Recognize fillets and chamfers automatically.
fwRibs - Recognize rib features automatically.
fwBaseFlange - Recognize base flange features automatically.
fwSketchedBend - Recognize sketched bend features automatically.
So it looks pretty hard to automate this in a general case. If your 500
parts have a similar structure (for example an extruded base, several holes
plus fillets and chamfers) it might be a bit easier...
Philippe Guglielmetti - www.dynabits.com