SolidWorks Tutorial – Apply Material to All Parts of an Assembly [VIDEO]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated November 11, 2013


What do you do when you work on a large assembly, with multiple levels of sub-assemblies, and want to apply the most common material to all the parts?

Opening each part file on its own and applying the material is extremely time-consuming. Instead of that follow this simple 3 step procedure:

  1. Open the main assembly
  2. Select all the part components
  3. Apply the same material to the whole selection

Sounds simple, does it not?

The problem is that even though SolidWorks is renowned for being the most intuitive CAD software available today, some workflows are not yet as straightforward as the users would like.

Case in hand: Step 2 – creating a selection set of only the components that are “parts”, while filtering out the sub-assemblies. It is doable but it is not intuitive.

That being said, once you used the technique shown in this video, the selection process is very fast (2 clicks only). Enjoy!

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.