Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How to Set Materials on Multiple Part Configurations

Setting the material type for a part is an easy RMB click away in the FeatureManager tree. But for those of you using configurations, SolidWorks cannot assign the material from a Design Table. (Yes, we can assign a custom property called material. But that does nothing for our mass property calculations.)

If you have already created a number of configurations, what is the best way to assign materials to each of the configurations?

The first way is to RMB click on the "Material " in the FeatureManager design tree and click Configure Material.

The second way to set the material on multiple configurations is to go into the Edit Material command, select the material you want to apply, then click the Config button at the bottom of the dialog box.
Just like any dimension, you can configure the material to "This configuration," "All configurations," "or "Specify configurations" from the list of existing configurations.

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