1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 2, 2010 11:32 AM by Scott McFadden

    Custom Material Database

    Matthew Lennard



      Let me explain, I am selecting and applying the material (example: Incoloy 800HT) from the ‘intelligent energy – materials’. Everytime I run the analysis it keep generating the material [Incoloy 800HT, Incoloy 800HT(1), Incoloy 800HT(2), Incoloy 800HT(3)] in Custom Materials.


      And applying that to the part and not the one I selected before, which is from ‘intelligent energy – materials’. The problem is the custom material is always on local disk hense other team member can not access which is not ideal while working in team of few people around different part of the world!!


      Even more, this problem is not consistent, it will only do that every so often for some materials and not for all of them, but I am unable to workout the logic behind it ! ! I have also tried deleting the custom materials catagory, but it will comeback next time you open the part.


      I don’t know if I have explained that clearly or not.

      Any help would be appreciated.



        • Re: Custom Material Database
          Scott McFadden


          I used to update the material file at my last 2 jobs.

          Solidworks has there standard material file (.sldmat)

          I would suggest looking for it and saving it as a different name.

          Then you can open it up in Notepad and make sure you study

          it first to know where one material starts and finishes as well as

          where the categories start and finish.

          Then if you have all of the properties i.e. density, poisons ratios, tensile strength etc.

          then copy an existing material place it properly and change its description.  I would suggest

          changing all of the specs in Solidworks and applying it to this new matieral file.

          Make sure this new material file is in a network location and pathed correctly using the system

          options>file locations>material file.


          One other thing is there is a website called Matweb that if you have a subscription you can

          down load your material specs directly into a Solidworks format.


          I hope this makes sense to you.  I know it can be confusing.

          Good Luck!!!