Creating a Material Library

A material library is a database containing information about each material. SOLIDWORKS provides a read-only library, SOLIDWORKS Materials, and a library in which you can create custom materials, Custom Materials. You can create additional libraries to store custom materials.

To create a library:

  1. In a part document, right-click Material in the FeatureManager design tree and select Edit Material.
  2. In the Material dialog box, right-click any item in the material tree and select New Library.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, provide a file name in which to store the library.
    Use a meaningful name. The name you provide becomes the display name for the library. You cannot rename it later.
  4. Right-click the new library in the material tree, select New Category, and type a name for the category.
You can now copy materials from other libraries in the material tree, paste them into the category, and customize them.