On each new part I have to go in and change the color of this custom material. How do I change the color once, and so I don't have to do it again and again for each part?
edit the material information then make sure you save the changes to your library
then when you apply this material to other parts in the future, it will bring in the updated information. there is not a live link from the material database to your part files. existing files (like maybe your part template) will need the material re-applied.
See attached video.
Also, you may want tp update your part template with the material once you edit it.
So basically I have to re-make it from the beginning, and get it right. I can't make a new material, then edit it at a later date?
You should be able to create your own custom library
Categories of materials within that library
and then various materials with desired Appearances.
Once this is created - you should be able to use on any new or old part.
Once and done! But you can always go back and edit it if needed.
That was what I was asking. I can edit the applied material per file I used it in. But the changes to the custom seed I made never seed to save, I had to keep re-doing it for every file I used it in.
Steven Mills wrote: So basically I have to re-make it from the beginning, and get it right. I can't make a new material, then edit it at a later date?
Steven Mills wrote:
I am not 100% sure what you are asking here.
1) You can edit your custom material at any time. You cannot edit pre-canned Solidworks materials. You have to copy/paste to create a custom material like in the video.
2) If you want to update parts that are already created to the new material, then you are going to have to open them 1 by 1 and change the material.
3) If you want to make it so that all new parts have the new material, then all you have to do is create a part, apply the material, then save it as a template. Then use the template from then on.
Hope that answers your question.
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