Plastics Material Databases in 3D ContentCentral

SOLIDWORKS partnered with the world’s largest plastics material suppliers to provide access to the most up-to-date and accurate plastics material databases.

To access the plastics material databases in 3D ContentCentral:

  1. Go to
The complete catalog of plastics materials appears with information about the material supplier, material family, tradename, grade, and a short description (if available).

To download an individual material grade, click Download Plastics Material Data. Unzip the compressed binary file .bin to a local folder.

To add a material file from 3D ContentCentral to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics User-defined database:

  1. In the PlasticsManager, under Material, right-click Polymer and click Open Database.
  2. In the dialog box, click User-defined Database.
  3. Click Import Plastic Material > File.
  4. Browse to the location of the unzipped material data file and select it.
The new material is added under the Plastics Database

When new material grades become available, the material suppliers upload the data in 3D ContentCentral. New materials uploaded to 3D ContentCentral by material suppliers are included in subsequent service packs or future major releases of SOLIDWORKS Plastics.