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Selecting a Material

You start by activating the application and selecting a material.

  1. Open a part.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click SustainabilityXpress (Tools toolbar or Evaluate CommandManager tab)
    • Click Tools > SustainabilityXpress

    The application opens in the Task Pane.

  3. Under Material:
    1. Select a Class of materials.
    2. Select a material Name.

    The Class and Names lists contain all materials in the Sustainability database, including custom materials to which you have added sustainability data.

    The software displays the part's weight and the amount of recycled content.

  4. Optionally, click Find Similar to search for materials with similar characteristics to the material you have selected.

    See Using the Find Similar Material Tool.

  5. To make the material the active Material in the FeatureManager design tree, click Set Material.

    The model updates in the graphics area.

    The Environmental Impact dashboard at the bottom of the Task Pane provides real-time feedback about the environmental impact of your design.

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