Upgrade Your Library, Create a New Material

On the Ribbon click on the Manage Tab, and in the Settings Panel click the Materials button. The Material Brower opens with a list of all the Materials available.  

Once you have the Material Browser open, we’ll create a new material. At the bottom of the Material Browser there is a circle with a plus on it. Click the down arrow next to it and select Create new material.

A new material will be created under the project materials called “Default New Material.” Now that the new material is create you can change the Identity, Graphics, and Appearance to be whatever you need.

You can also create a new material by Duplicating an existing material. All you need to do is right click the material that you want to duplicate and select the duplicate option. It will create a duplicated version with a (1) at the end of it. Now you can change the material to what you need it to be.

To upgrade your library, open the Material Browser. You’ll notice some of the materials have a small yellow triangle on the bottom left of the icon.

To upgrade the material, click on the Asset Browser button.

When the Asset Browser opens, we’ll upgrade the oak flooring. First, click the arrow next to Autodesk Physical Assets then click the arrow next to Flooring. Finally, click Wood to open the wood options. The only one without a yellow triangle is the Flooring – Oak – Espresso. When you hover over the Flooring – Oak – Espresso, a dual arrow will pop up on the right side of the material. If you click that, it will replace the current asset in the editor with this asset. This works because we can always duplicate it and change it to be any variant we need.


Once you replace the material, it will look like the image below. It replaces the line work for appearance to a textured image that brings life when rendered.

Quentin Worm

AEC Technical Specialist

About Quentin

Quentin has an associate degree in Drafting and Design and over two years of Construction experience. Pair that with his newfound experience in 3D scanning, he has a good understanding of the building process. He enjoys creating custom furniture and Revit families. He also has over two years of experience as a drafter in the Oil field designing part for frac pumps.

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