AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Creating a
By Alireza Parsai,
May 16, 2003
In AutoCAD you are allowed to create a custom material. Such
materials can be used in current drawing or added to a material
library for later use. Materials are useful for creating a
realistic rendered image.
Note: If you are using an
earlier release of AutoCAD download
R15 - 3D Part.dwg.
Open the file in AutoCAD 2004. A 3D solid model appears [Figure
Invoke RMAT command. The Materials dialog box appears
Click the down arrow beside the drop down list to the right of
the dialog box. You can create new materials based on one of the
existing base materials [Figure 3].
Select Standard and then click New. The New Standard
Material dialog box appears [Figure 4].
Figure 4 -
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Material Name field type Steel [Figure 5].
Select Color/Pattern radio button if necessary.
Color section, deselect By ACI [Figure 6]. This allows
you to assign a color to the material.
Click the black box opposite to Color System [Figure 6]. A
dialog box appears [Figure 7].
Select a gray shade and then click OK.
Click Preview [Figure 8].
Select Roughness radio button. In value field enter 1 [Figure
Click OK. The new material will be added to the list of loaded
materials [Figure 10].
drawing area select the model. Press enter to view the dialog
Alter the value of FACETRES system variable to 10. For more
information about this system variable refer to the following
AutoCAD 2004 Customization
Tutorial: 3D Graphics Display (Part1)
Render the scene [Figure 11].
About the Author
Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a
mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with
AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD
consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor
for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor
for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk
University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in
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