Subject: Importing materials to the drawing
Materials are stored in a library with an .icmat file extension. To reduce the file size of drawings, you import from the library only those materials you need in the drawing.
Imported materials are stored in the drawing, and then you can work with them throughout CADdirect, including assigning them to entities and layers, include them in packages created with the eTransmit command, purge them, and display them on entities using any visual style other than 2D Wireframe.
To import materials to a drawing
• On the ribbon, choose Tools > Materials (in Explorer).
• On the menu, choose Tools > Explorer > Explore Materials.
• On the Format toolbar, click the Explore Materials tool.
• Type expmaterials and then press Enter.
2 On the Explorer toolbar, click the Import Materials tool ().
Use a shortcut.
3 Right-click either list, and from the shortcut menu, choose how to view materials while you select them.
4 On the left, choose the category of materials you want to view.
5 On the right, select the materials you want to add to the drawing. Press Shift + click to select multiple materials.
6 Click Import.
The selected materials are added to the drawing and appear in the Material Explorer.
7 Click Close when done importing.
Materials of older file formats can be updated to the current format.
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