I should start out by saying that I personally advise against using the model’s Material value directly on a drawing (edit: for SolidWorks version 2008 and older; SW 2009 appears to have addressed some of the issues). However, below is the instructions to do just this.
First, let me bring up three problems when it comes to materials and the SolidWorks Material Database naming convention. One, the material names used in SolidWorks library are not correct. In fact, in many cases they are not even the common names for those materials. Two, for those of us who need accurate specification, the standards that define the materials are not mentioned of the library at all, making references to material incomplete. Three, the names of the materials are not capitalized, so they are not formatted correctly to be used directly on a drawing in the first place.
A solution to these issues is to change your library to add this info and correct formatting or create a new library to do the same. Another more common solution is to enter the information manually in a custom property within the model, then have that value pulled into the drawing via normal custom property linking, such as an annotation note with the following text: $PRPSHEET:”Material” or similar. Make sure to identify which view you wish the data to be pulled from, within the Sheet Property window.
If you still wish to use the actual model’s material value (despite all of the above reasoning), there’s a couple extra steps (also involving the use of custom properties):
1. In the model, create a custom property called something like Material at File>Properties>Custom tab.
2. For the value of Material property, just click on the down arrow of the entry field and select Material.
3. On the associated drawing, create similar custom property with the same name. (Again, make sure to identify which view you wish the data to be pulled from, within the Sheet Property window.)
4. For the value of the drawing’s Material custom property, type $PRP:”Material”
5. Create an annotation note that links to the drawing’s Material custom property. This will display the value of the model’s material directly on the drawing.