During a recent customer visit, I was asked if we could move the material database over to a server so everyone on the team can share of the same SOLIDWORKS material library.
First thing is to open up system options within SOLIDWORKS: Under the file locations area you have a Material Databases folder. We want to find where the Custom Material database is located so we can move it to the server. It’s typically located at C:\ProgramData\Solidworks 2014\Custom Materials.
Copy the entire Custom Materials folder onto a server that everyone can access. Update the path within the Material Databases folder to the new server location and delete the old C:\ locations as seen in picture above. Confirm that the change worked properly. Then go to the other computers and update the path location the same way. Now everyone on the team can share one material database.
By: Dale Rice, Illinois Product Manager