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Financial Impact of Material Choices

You can estimate the relative financial impact of your material choices based on the financial impact per unit mass associated with each material.

The material financial impact is the mass of the parts in the model multiplied by the financial impact property for each part material.

The SolidWorks materials database includes default financial impact values. When you select materials from the database, the financial impact of your choices is shown in the Environmental Impact section of the Sustainability task pane.

In the Find Similar Material dialog box, you can use the financial impact value as a search category to locate materials that meet your physical and environmental requirements with a lower cost impact.

If you use custom materials, you can add the Financial Impact property to assign values to the financial impacts of the materials.

Material financial impact in Sustainability is not related to SolidWorks Costing.

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