Configuring Toolbox To Have Material Applied To Components

SolidWorks toolbox components do not have a material applied to them.  A material can be applied to toolbox components so that they insert with that material.

To do this, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open up the Toolbox Settings by going to Start->All Programs->SolidWorks->SolidWorks Tools->Toolbox Settings or by clicking on the Configure Toolbox button in the design library.

Design library pane 


  1. Click on Step 2 to "Customize your hardware".

Toolbox Settings home page


  1. Create a custom property by clicking on the button shown below.

Adding custom property in Toolbox Settings


  1. In the Custom Property Definition, be sure to input the Property Name such as Material.  Changing the Property Type from Textbox to List will make the option "Link to SOLIDWORKS material" checkbox appear.

    Enabling that option allows for a material to be selected.  A value for this material can be added in the Text/Expression of the custom property for the toolbox component. Multiple materials can be listed.

Defining custom property in Toolbox Settings


  1. Click OK to close out of the dialogue box and browse to the folder level or toolbox part that to apply a material to.  Then click the checkbox to enable the custom material and click on the radio button to select the default material to be applied.

Enabling custom property for hardware and setting the default value


  1. After applying the material, save the toolbox settings.

Saving changes to the Toolbox Settings 

After making these changes, we can see that the toolbox component will have a material applied inserting them into an assembly.

When inserting the component into an assembly, the materials are available to be selected.

Material appears when inserting a Toolbox component into an assembly

When opening the component from the assembly, we can see the default material applied to the model, as well as the custom property for this material.

Material appears in the model as shown in the custom properties and feature tree

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact Hawk Ridge Systems Technical Support at 1-877-266-4469 (US), 1-866-587-6803 (CAN), or

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