I'm trying to create a new fabric or appearance for the surface a part. The files in sw are .P2M. Does anyone know how to turn a jpg or other pic file into a P2M?
From the help section of SolidWorks, only works if you have PhotoWorks
You can modify predefined appearances and save them in the custom folder of the appearance Library.
You can use Pack and Go when you send models with appearances, decals, scenes, or lighting, or you can select Save appearance in the Color/Image tab of the Appearances PropertyManager.
To save modified appearances:
In the Appearances PropertyManager, select the Color/Image tab and apply the properties.
Select any of the other tabs to apply the appropriate properties.
From the Color/Image tab, click Save Appearance.
In the Save As dialog box:
For Save in, accept the last folder visited or browse to an existing folder. Typical location is: <install_dir>\data\PhotoWorks\custom.
Type a name for File name. Options for File Locations allow use of different appearances with the same name.
Select Appearance Files (*.p2m) or All Files (*.*) for Save as type.
The file is saved and a new appearance is added to the Task Pane. Custom appearances display a blue folder.
Delete a custom appearances folder. Right-click a custom folder in the Task Pane and select Delete to delete from the Task Pane and disk.
Delete an appearance. Right-click an appearance in a custom folder and select Delete to delete. This deletes the appearance from disk.
As Chris pointed out, you'll need PhotoWorks to do this--that file extension is used/created by PhotoWorks to display the material's properties.
See snippet below:
Choose to edit appearance. Go to advanced tab. Browse to a JPEG file you want to use. Software will automatically ask you if you want to convert to .p2m file. Save that and you are set.
Go to the Decal PM and right-click the empty whitespace.
Select Add decal and from this, the P2M file is created.
And the guy found out after ten years
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