3DEXPERIENCE: Install Material Databases

Article by Shivani Patel on Apr 11, 2023

The material database, or material palette, is the repository for all solid and fluid materials typically associated with structural or fluid analyses. Out of the box, the material database of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is empty. To best represent your use case, we recommend creating custom materials based on your material data sheets or material test data. 

However, it can be helpful to have default materials to use as examples, quick tests, or other introductory analyses.

How to Install Material Databases in 3DEXPERIENCE

Importing 3DEXPERIENCE Material Databases

From the browser, navigate to your simulation role and the apps within them. Click the dropdown arrow next to one of the apps and choose to Install Optional Content Now.

Importing 3DEXPERIENCE Material Databases

An Installation Wizard will appear. The second page defines the default installation location. Copy this file location. 

Typically this is within C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes and then a “Cloud_Content” folder. The “B425” in the picture below will change with the installation version.

3DEXPERIENCE Choose the Installation Directory

The download and installation typically take less than a minute. Once complete, navigate in Windows Explorer to the saved file location. Through the “\win_b64\resources\materials” filepath are .3dxml files. Each is a group of materials dependent on which roles you’ve “installed optional content” for.

Material Databases in 3DEXPERIENCE

Next, we will import DS-Standard.3dxml which contains some generic metals. (For more information about what's in each of these databases, jump to the section 'What's in the 3DEXPERIENCE Datases?). 

To begin the import, drag and drop the relevant .3dxml into your native client, or use the Import feature to open the .3dxml.

Import Material Databases in 3DEXPERIENCE

Warning: Large databases may take several minutes to import. Please allow some time to process the import request. 

Material Database Import Progression in 3DXPERIENCE Platform

After importing DS-Standard, our Material Palette tool will now have a category labeled DS Standard. Below is an example of what this database provides.

3DEXPERIENCE Material Palette

Importing SOLIDWORKS Material Databases

SOLIDWORKS users can import their default or custom material database from their SOLIDWORKS Installation.

To do so, determine the file locations of your SOLIDWORKS material libraries. Within SOLIDWORKS, go to System Options > File Locations Material Databases. These are filetypes of “.sldmat”. 

Importing SOLIDWORKS Material Databases

Import the relevant .sldmat files into the 3DEXPERIENCE native client.


What’s in the 3DEXPERIENCE Material Databases?

What's in the 3DEXPERIENCE Material Database

Should you import all the databases? Below is a brief description of what is in each to help you decide which ones are relevant to you. 

For structuresDS-Standard and DS-Engineering will provide some common engineering materials. In DS-Standard, metals are generic (as shown earlier in the article) and there are only around 20 of them. For DS-Engineering, there are over 100 materials, many of which you may be familiar with from the SOLIDWORKS Material database. 

For durability, the DS-ElasticFatigue includes Strain Life parameters for estimating durability and the DS-FKM-Weld and DS-VerityWeldFatigue also include weld Fatigue data (sample image below).

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Materials

For fluidsDS-EngineeringFluids will provide defaults like Air and Water. You may only see this database if you’ve installed the optional content available with the CFD roles.


  • Import certain .3dxml or .sldmat files into the native client to create a group of standard materials
  • Obtaining the .3dxml requires the user to Install Optional Content
  • File locations are typically:

C:\Program Files\Dassault Systèmes\B4##_Cloud_Content\win_b64\resources\materials

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\sldmaterials

I hope you found this article helpful. Learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform by checking out the links listed below.

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About Shivani Patel

Shivani has a background in aerospace engineering, and is the Engineering Manager for southern Texas. She has the Elite certification in SOLIDWORKS and is happy to jump into anything in the SOLIDWORKS licenses. Her main specialty is Simulation - and has spent the past 6 years digging into the Motion Analysis, FEA and CFD programs and supporting many of our oil and gas customers in the south.

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