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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Assigning Materials

Sean Stiehm on November 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Welcome to part 3 of our Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation series. This time we will be walking you through the process of creating your study and assigning materials.

If you haven't seen our previous entries, here is where to get caught up:

Part 1: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
Part 2: Prepping Your Geometry

Video Transcription

Now that we've simplified the geometry, let's create the study and assign materials.

If materials were assigned when you were designing the CAD model, they’ll automatically be brought into the simulation study. If you didn't assign them when you designed the CAD model, then we can assign them now while we set up the simulation.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Assigning Materials

One thing to note - Assigning or changing materials in the simulation doesn't affect the SOLIDWORKS CAD model. This allows us to run quick what-if scenarios to see how different materials affect the model’s performance.

The SOLIDWORKS database contains a large number of materials to choose from. Additionally, if you have a license of Simulation Professional or Premium that's currently on subscription, you have access to an extended database on

If you cannot find the material you need in either of these locations, you can create a custom material and enter the properties yourself.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Assigning Materials

For a Static study, there are four properties that need to be defined:

  • Elastic modulus
  • Poisson's ratio
  • Yield strength
  • Material density

You can find many of these properties by checking the material’s datasheet, contacting the supplier or by simply searching online.

If you frequently use the same materials, you can save them to your Favorites list for quicker access. You can also store materials in a shared location so everyone at the company can use them. Simply add the folder location in System Options > File Locations > Material Databases.

Thanks for watching! Check out our Simulation Video & Resource Library for other related content. 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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