How Do I Change the Default Material in SolidWorks?

Changing the Default Material in SolidWorks

So, you want to change the default material in SolidWorks? No problem!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to customize the default material in SolidWorks. Let’s get started!

First things first, open SolidWorks and create a new document or open an existing one. Once you have your document open, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Go to the “FeatureManager Design Tree” on the left side of your screen. Right-click on “Materials” and select “Edit Material.”

Step 2: A window will appear with a list of materials. This is where you can choose the default material for your document. To make it more visually engaging, let’s use an unordered list (

    ) to list some popular materials:

    • Steel
    • Aluminum
    • Plastic
    • Wood

    Now that you have an idea of what materials are available, let’s move on to the next step.

    Step 3: Scroll through the material list and find the material that you want as your default. Once you find it, click on it to select it.

    Note: If you want to use a custom material that is not listed, you can create one by clicking on “Create New Library Material” at the bottom of the window.

    Now that you have selected your desired material, let’s move on to saving it as your default.

    Step 4: After selecting your material, click on “Apply.” This will save your selection as the default material for all future documents in SolidWorks.

    Congratulations! You have successfully changed the default material in SolidWorks. Now every time you create a new document or open an existing one, it will automatically have your chosen material as the default.

    Important: Remember that changing the default material in SolidWorks only affects new documents or documents that do not have a predefined material. If you want to change the material of an existing document, you will have to do it manually.

    Now that you know how to change the default material, feel free to experiment with different materials for your designs. SolidWorks offers a wide range of materials to choose from, allowing you to create realistic and visually appealing models.


    If you frequently work with a specific material, you can save it as a favorite by right-clicking on the material and selecting “Add Material to Favorites.” This will make it easier for you to access your preferred materials in the future.


    In this tutorial, we learned how to change the default material in SolidWorks. By following these simple steps, you can customize your default material and enhance your design workflow. Remember to explore different materials and experiment with their properties to achieve the desired look and functionality for your designs.