Ctopher Custom Material Database

ctopher custom materials for SOLIDWORKSAuthor: Chris Saller, et al.

Author’s website: ctophers home

Ctopher’s Custom Materials Database allows you to add many materials to SOLIDWORKS which are not currently included as part of the default installation.  Materials range from ceramics, metal alloys, plastics, crystals, and even magnets.  Current version was created using SOLIDWORKS 2016.

This database is provided for reference only, being based on tertiary sources.  The database is not an official offering from DS SolidWorks Corp. in anyway, nor is DS SolidWorks Corp responsible for any content or how it is used.  Information within the database is not guaranteed to be correct or accurate.  Information within the database was submitted from multiple persons and sources.  No one is responsible for the content of the database.  The user of this database uses it at their own risk.  The user is responsible to crosscheck all information for accuracy to a level that suits their own needs. 

The database is a combination of materials used in aerospace and military applications, and SolidWorks users around the world submitting material properties to add to the database. The material mass properties have been tested with actual parts on a scale.

To allow SOLIDWORKS to use the materials in this database:

1.To use, place custom_matls_091516_sw2016.sldmat file into C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 201x\Custom Materials folder.

2.Start SOLIDWORKS and open any part file.

3.In the Feature Tree, right click on Materials and then select Edit Materials.  “Custom_matls_091516” folder will be on your material list.

4.Click on desired subfolder, such as Copper Alloys.

5.Click on desired material to view properties.

6.Click on Apply to apply that material to your part.

7.Click on Close to return to your part.

Download Custom_matls_091516_sw2016.zip

Presentation: Making Custom Symbols in SolidWorks

3rd Angle ProjectionAuthor:  Matthew Lorono

Source: SolidWorks Legion

Learn how to make custom symbols for SolidWorks annotations and dimensions.   This presentation covers the basics on categories, symbol tags, structure of the GTOL.SYM file, and building symbols using rectangular coordinates.   The example in this presentation is the Third Angle Projection symbol.

Download Making Custom Symbols in SolidWorks.pptx


Line Styles: Line-Points

Line-Points Line StyleAuthor: Matthew Lorono

Source: SolidWorks Legion

Three line styles for SolidWorks that consist of a long solid line and 1,2 or 3 points.  To use this file (after downloading and unzipping):

1.Open a document in SolidWorks, such as a drawing template.

2.Goto Tools pulldown>Options…>Document Properties>Line Style.  This brings up the Load Line Sytle(s) dialog.

3.Click on Load button.

4.Click on the button.  This brings up the Open dialog.

5.Navigate to location of the “RandomLine.sldlin” file and open.  This returns back to the Load Line Style(s) dialog.

6.Highlight all of the line styles (SHIFT is necessary to multi-selection in this window).

7.Click on OK.

For this document, you will now have access to these new line styles.

Download Line-Points.zip