4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 1, 2017 9:09 AM by Alex Burnett

    I'm having trouble applying a material to my simulations

    Jacob Savoy

      I created a new material to use in simulations. Now, for some reason every time I click apply in the materials window and then close it out, it reverts back to alloy steel. I tried deleting the new material I created, but the problem keeps occurring. Does anyone have any suggestions?

        • Re: I'm having trouble applying a material to my simulations
          Mario Wutte

          Before attempting this, realize that any customized settings, toolbars, etc, will be lost if it fixes the problem.

          If you have done a lot of toolbar customization you can try to save them, that you can restore them afterwards.


          Close SolidWorks

          Press ones short the Windows-Key

          Type "regedit" and hit Enter

          Within the Regestry press few times the arrow directing left on your keyboard, to move to the highest level

          Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER and press the arrow directing right

          Press s to jump to the entries starting with s and go down to Software to open this as well

          when you are in Software press s again and go down to Solidworks, Rename this file from SolidWorks to SolidWorksOLD

          Start SWX (a new Solidworks-Registry-Key will be created) & check if Materials is accessible


          If it is you can return to registry and delete the entire SolidWorksOLD

          If that did not fix the problem, return to registry, delete the new SolidWorks key, and rename SolidWorksOLD back to SolidWorks. This should return all customization.

          • Re: I'm having trouble applying a material to my simulations
            Richard Bunce

            I had similar Problems, when I wasn't logged in as Administrator.

            Do You have Admin rights?

            • Re: I'm having trouble applying a material to my simulations
              Jay Seaglar

              There could be an issue with your material database environment. Resetting customized settings or logging in through a different user account may temporarily resolve the behavior simply because you are starting with a new default material database environment (e.g. no additional file locations for materials, etc.).


              The best long-term resolution is to review your current material database environment and implement best practices to avoid future issues. Take a look at S-072674 in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base (KB) for details and please be sure to contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR) for further assistance if necessary.

              • Re: I'm having trouble applying a material to my simulations
                Alex Burnett

                This is the exact same thing that happened to me. My solution was easy to implement so I hope it works for you.


                I had duplicates of the materials that I was trying to apply that created themselves in my Custom Materials folder.



                For example, if I am trying to apply 6061-T6 and it shares the same name in my Solidworks Materials folder then the software doesn't know which one to choose so it fails and closes the window. I deleted the version in my custom materials database and was successfully able to apply the material after that. This took me a long time on the phone with my VAR and it was escalated to SW technical support to find the solution.


                Let me know if that works for you, good luck!