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Materials Browser

The Materials Browser displays all materials in a document, allows you to create, edit and assign materials to drawing objects.

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CAD drawing Materials Browser 8 Command line: MATBROWSEROPEN

The Materials Browser is displayed as a toolbar containing all materials of the current documents.

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Create a new material with a set of default properties.

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The way materials are displayed in the browser: icons with a preview or a simple list of names.

Right click on a material opens the context menu with an additional list of available actions:

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·         Edit – editing material in the Materials Browser;

·         Apply to selection – applying material to selected 3D objects of the workspace;

·         Clone – creating a new material identical to this one;

·         Remove – removing the material;

·         Rename – changing the name.

Double click on the material in the Materials Browser opens it for editing in the Materials editor.


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It is possible to assign a material to the selected object not only in the Materials Browser, but also on the Properties bar in the drop-down list of the Material parameters.

Materials Library

You can add materials to your drawing from the Materials Library, which is available as a separate section in the File Explorer. There you can view the materials of the library and add them to the current document by double-clicking or using the context menu command. Using drag and drop into the drawing area, it is possible to add several materials at once.


By default, the materials library is located in the folder C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Nanosoft AS\nanoCAD 23.0\MaterialsLibrary\. You can change its location in the Default directories section of the Options dialog. There is also an option to add custom materials libraries.


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