Material assignment

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This section describes how to assign materials to table components.

If you restart Autodesk Inventor after closing it, you will find your unfinished assembly model under the name TBL.iam in the project workspace catalogue Samples/My Table.


To open the material assignment command, go to:
Woodwork Design –> Material –> Assign material32

A material assignment dialog window will appear.

Material assignment pradzia



If the image you see is different from the one shown in this example, click W4I_X_MaterialAssignment_IconPalleteView button and enable icon-based material representation.

Note: Due to continuous software updates, the content of the Woodwork for Inventor material data bases and dialogue boxes used by the program may be different from the images provided in this guide.



hmtoggle_plus1Board material assignment


In the material type window, select Board type material.

Material type selector



The space in the bottom of the window is filled with the palette entries for the Board type material. Select the palette entry with a MDF material. In the current entry window, you will see complete information about this material, its code and name.


Select MDF material



Leave the material assignment command window open, and, using the cursor, indicate the parts you intend to assign the selected material to and click the “Apply” button.


Select MDF in Model


The default color of the components specified within the model is changed into the MDF board color.


hmtoggle_plus1Laminated board assignment


In the material type window, select Laminated Board section. Then, in the palette item area, select the laminated board palette item LMDF with color coating F01 for the façade.

Select LMDF material



Select components within the furniture model to which this item will be assigned and click the “Apply” button.



Select LMDF in Model



hmtoggle_plus1Rod material assignment


In the material type window, select a Rod type material section. Then, in the palette item area, select wood beam TMB type material.

Select ROD material



Select the shown component in the furniture model and click the "Apply" button.


Select Rod in Model




hmtoggle_plus1Applying veneer to surfaces


In the material type window, select a Veneer type material. To try a different palette visualization style, click the bottom button in the dialog window.

Switch pallete brpwser view



Now you can see that palette entries are represented in the form of a table. Select a Veneer item with a color code VF 02.


Select Veneer in Model



In the furniture model, select the top surface of the desktop and all surfaces of the table legs (except for the bottom and the front). Click the “Apply” button.


Select Veneer surfaces


Select PF; Paper Film palette item and apply paper film to the bottom surface of the desktop.

Select Paper surfaces



hmtoggle_plus1Edge Band assignment


In the material type window, select Edge Band type material. Sort entries by material and color code. To do this, put the cursor on the Material Code column and left-click on it. You will see that all the palette entries are at once arranged in the alphabetical order based on the values of this column.  Press and hold "Shift" and use the cursor to select the heading of the Color Code column. You will see that entries are sorted in the alphabetical order based on the values of the Material Code and Color Code columns.


Select Edge band



Select a palette item named PVC1;F01. In the current palette item Thickness field, select edge band thickness of 0.45 mm.

Additionally, set edge band position with respect to the component model. Select Cover position on top W4I_X_MaterialAssignment_CoverPositionOnTop. This means that the component model symbolizes the part body without the edge band or, to put it more clearly, the edge band is glued on the top of the model.

One more thing you have to indicate is Overwrite cover position W4I_X_MaterialAssignment_CoverPositionOverwrite. This means that if an edge band was previously placed, the existing edge band position will be overwritten based on the new one. Otherwise, the edge band position would remain unchanged. In some cases of the construction process, it may be more convenient not to change this position, but in this particular case we choose to overwrite it.


Select thickness and position



Indicate all surfaces that need to be covered with the selected edge band and click the “Apply” button.

Select Edge Band surfaces


Click the W4I_X_MaterialAssignment_CoverPositionSink button and change the edge band position from Cover position on top to the Cover position Sink.

Select a new edge band thickness of 2mm.

Select thickness and position for 2 mm edge band



Select the desktop edge in the model and click the “Apply” button.

Select Edge Band surfaces for desktop


Now check the thickness and grain direction of the edge bands placed in the model. To do this, click the light16button. All banded surfaces will be highlighted in the model and a symbol will appear in the centre point of each surface indicating the edge band position with respect to the model.


Highlight Edge Band


To disable edge band highlighting, click the highlighting button again.


hmtoggle_plus1Applying paint to surfaces


In the material type window, select Paint material type. Sort paint by material and color code, just like with edge banding in the previous section. Select Acrylic Paint - PNTB 01 color type.


Select Paint



Select surfaces you want to apply paint to and click “Apply”.

Select Painting Surfaces

Your work should look like this at this stage.

Rezultatas po Medziagu priskyrimo


To save your work, press "Ctrl+S".