A material library is a collection of materials and related assets. Some libraries are provided by Autodesk, and others are created by users. You can create libraries to organize your materials. You can also share libraries with other people on your team, and use the same libraries with Autodesk Inventor and Revit to support the use of consistent materials.
The libraries supplied by Autodesk are locked, as indicated by a lock icon. Materials in a locked library cannot be overwritten or deleted. You can copy materials from a locked library to unlocked user-created libraries, where materials can be overwritten or deleted. In the figure, Favorites, My Materials, and AB Project Materials are unlocked user-created libraries.
Libraries can be sub-divided by adding categories and moving materials into the categories. An Autodesk-supplied library contains many categories of materials organized by type, such as Concrete, Metal, and Glass. User-created libraries and categories can reflect different methods of organization, such as project names or usage. In the figure, the AB Project Materials library contains a Construction category.
|1||Document materials settings menu: Modifies the view of materials in the document.|
|2||Document materials list: Displays materials in the current document, whether they are applied to objects or not. Right-click a material to access a menu of common tasks such as Rename, Duplicate, and Add to a Library.|
|3||Library settings menu: Modifies the view of libraries and the materials in them.|
|4||Library list: Displays open libraries and categories within libraries.|
|5||Library materials list: Displays materials in the library or category selected in the library list.|
Material Browser toolbar: Provides controls to manage libraries and categories, and to create a default new material in the current document.