Adding custom materials in AutoCAD 3D

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AutoCAD has lots of materials in its Materials Library that can be directly used in your drawing without making any changes. But, if you need a specific kind of material with some unique properties then you can easily create custom material in AutoCAD.

Let us look at how to create such a material from scratch and also how we can apply it to objects in the drawing.

For this example, we will take a wood grain texture to work with.

Creating Material

Open AutoCAD and switch to 3D modeling workspace then type RMAT on the command line and hit enter.

A materials browser palette will pop up as shown in image 1 above. Click on creates a new material in the document” button on the bottom left of this palette and select New Generic Material from the drop-down menu.


A new Materials Editor palette as shown in figure 2 below will appear. Give your material a name, for this example, I will name it as oak wood custom.

Now move to the Generic panel and expand it.

The texture of sample material will change in the preview panel of Materials Editor palette. Now change glossiness value to 30 and select Non-Metallic from Highlights drop down menu.

You can change other parameters as well on materials editor to fine-tune properties of your material. Double click on the image of oak wood on materials editor palette, a new Texture Editor palette will pop up.


Scroll down in this palette expand Scale tab and change the sample size to the value which is suitable according to the current scale of objects in your drawing.

I have changed values to 1 unit in Width as well as the Height field. Also, make sure Tile is selected in the Horizontal and Vertical fields of Repeat panel.

Don’t change any other parameter on this palette and close all open palettes. And that’s it! you have created your own custom material in AutoCAD.


I have decided to add the following texture:

But, you can add any texture you please. The higher the resolution, the better, although it can slow down if your PC isn’t beefy enough for large models.

Applying Material

Now create a box in drawing area with the length, width and height equal to 10 units, You can use BOX command and type @10,10,10 on the command line and press Enter to create the box. Change visual style to Realistic using View tab’s Visual Styles option.

Type RMAT again on the command line and hit enter you will see oak wood custom material among other materials on top of materials browser palette shown in image 3 below.

creating custom material in autocad_3

Drag and drop this custom material on the box you have created in the drawing area. The material properties will be immediately applied to the 3D object


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