ST7 Sneak Peek: Material Property Enhancements

By MLombard

This is the last of the ST7 enhancements I’m allowed to preview for you guys, but trust me, this is not the end of the new features. All I can say is, wow, someone has been busy!

Picture1.pngMaterial table enhancements:

•Multiple library support

•New and improved UI 

•Grouping  and categorization support

•Custom material property support

•Import and Export

•Import from

•Favorite and recent materials

•Rename, Cut/Copy-Paste

Picture2.png•Materials from multiple libraries can be accessed at once from the material table dialog. All the libraries from the folder set from Solid Edge Options will be seen in the material table dialog.

•Part pathfinder has a material node that displays the name of applied material.

•The context menu of the material node has list of recent and favorite materials, which can be used to apply/change material.

•The material droplists in commands will now show list of recent and favorite materials instead of the whole list of materials from library.

•Add custom material properties as required.

•Can add custom properties to multiple materials at once.

•All unit types available in Solid Edge are supported for value of custom property.

Picture3.pngScalar(number only) and text values are also supported.

•Can edit and delete custom properties.

•Import and Export material files from and to Excel(xlsx and xls) format.

•Both material properties and gage properties can be imported and exported.

•When importing, the data in the excel file has to be in a specific format.

•Categories can be added in excel file, and on importing , directories will be automatically created.

•Importing overwrites the existing materials from a library.

•Favorites – User defined list of materials .

•Favorites can be from multiple libraries.

•Can custom sort the favorite list and same sorting will be seen in all context menu and material droplists.

•Favorite list is dynamically updated if the materials or library is changed from the material table UI.

•Ability to favorites that are not found in the libraries.


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