Creating a Custom Material

When you create a custom material, start with an existing material similar to the material you want to create.

To customize a material, copy a material to a custom library and change the copy's properties:

  1. In a part document, right-click Material in the FeatureManager design tree and select Edit Material.
  2. In the material tree, select the material on which to base the custom material.
    1. Right-click and select Copy or press Ctrl + C to copy the material to your paste buffer.
    2. In the material tree, select a category in a custom library. You can use the Custom Materials library or a library you created.
      You can only add custom materials to categories within the Custom Materials library, not to the Custom Materials folder itself. To create a new category, right-click Custom Materials and click New Category.

      When you save a custom material to a custom material library, only the material properties of the source material that the custom material is based on are saved and are editable.

    3. Right-click and select Paste or press Ctrl + V.
    4. Optionally, rename the material. Right-click the material and select Rename.
  3. Edit the required properties of the material, then click Save.
  4. Optional: Click Apply to apply the new material to the current part.
    If you need to edit any material properties of a custom material that were not included in the source material, do the following:
    1. From the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager design tree, right-click Material , and select Edit Material.
    2. In the Material dialog box, select a custom material to edit.
    3. For Model Type, select All model types.
    4. Edit the required material properties.
    5. Click Save and Close.