I'm looking into way to add a material. I currently do not see it as an option. Wanting to select/add 4140 Chromium-Molybdenum Steel.
Find a similar material. In this case I would go with Molybdenum which is under other metals in the base materials folder.
Copy the material and paste it into your custom folder. The real tricky part is if you need to do simulation or anything is you have to find a cut sheet for 4140.
When you paste it into your custom folder you can re-name it. Then change it's properties to match those of 4140.
(Side note this is all done @ the part level. Click your material, select edit material in the pop up box is where you can make all of these changes.)
Also make a folder for custom materials in your network to save any materials you create. You will have to point Solidworks to look there under >System options>File locations>Material databases.
We don't do FEA so our materials database is strictly "for show". The only property we change is weight so we can get an accurate(ish) weight of assembly.
Hope this helps.
Thank you, this helped.
Solidworks comes with a default library of materials. If the material you are looking for is not part of this library you can make your own custom material. Generally it is best practice to use an pre-existing SW material that is most similar, copy it and paste it into your own library.
Note, uou cannot edit the mechanical properties of Solidworks Materials. This is for safety reasons! ie you can't go changing the yield strengths. However once you have copied a material into your own library you can edit all properties.
Here's an example of how you can add your own
Right click your material icon in the design tree and choose edit material.
Browse for something with similar properties. I've have located 4130 Steel.
Right click the material and choose Copy
Browse to the bottom of your material window and right click on the "custom materials" folder.
This is there by default and can be used to store all your customized materials.
choose new category.
call it something that makes sense to you, like Steels
Right click on the new category you just created and choose "Paste"
this will add your copied material into this category.
you can then slow double click that material to rename it - 4140 for example
In your own custom material, all properties are editiable. Nothing is greyed out.
you can therefore extract information from your foundry / supplier material data sheet and put the values in here.
It is very important that if you are going to be using this material to run stress and displacement simulations, be aware that you are responsible for these values!
the other tabs in the material window allow you to control the default appearance of your material and the cross hatch pattern if it were to be sectioned in a drawing.
hope this helps!
Thank you, this help as well.
I think I may have it in my database also.
Just wanna let everyone knows Chris did a good job of creating a custom material database. I used it and it saves me lot of time
So before you try to add new material, check this first
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