Hide Table of Contents

Updating the Materials Database from the Web

If you are behind a firewall or need IT assistance with modifying your SOLIDWORKS installation, you can download materials updates from the Web.

  1. With a part open, in the FeatureManager design tree, right-click Material FM_material.gif and select Edit Material.
  2. In the Material dialog box, in the left pane, click Sustainability Extras.
    The Properties tab in the right pane shows the latest version of the GaBi Sustainability Database and when you last checked for updates.
  3. Click the Check online listing link.
  4. Close the Material dialog box and close SOLIDWORKS.
  5. On the Download the Latest GaBi LCA Database page, read the description of the latest changes to the materials database.
  6. If you have an earlier database and want to update it, click Download latest GBM File.
  7. In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
  8. Navigate to the directory where SOLIDWORKS is installed, by default C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS and click Save.
  9. When the download completes, click Open.
  10. Extract gabiswengine.gbm to C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS release\Sustainability.
    If the ProgramData folder is not visible, on the Windows menu bar click Organize > Folder and search options . On the View tab, set the folder options so that you can view hidden files and folders.
  11. Click Yes to confirm that you want to overwrite the earlier version of the database.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Updating the Materials Database from the Web
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.