A new change in Autodesk Inventor 2013 is how materials and colors are handled. Instead of being a part of the Styles and Standards libraries, like in previous versions of Inventor. Now, they're stored in Appearance Libriares (for colors), and Material Libraries (for materials).
The location of the new libraries can be seen by looking at the project file.
|The libraries as shown in the Project File|
Well, of course there is! (or else I wouldn't have anything to blog about).
But how are the libraries migrated?
It's fairly simple, once you know where to look, as I'm so fond of saying,
There are two places to access the Appearance and Materials Libraries.
The first is from the quick access toolbars.
The second, off the Tools Ribbon on the Materials and Appearance Panel.
|On the Tools Ribbon|
Migrating to both the Material and Appearance Libraries is a matter of clicking on the "gear" icon in the lower left hand selecting "Migrate Inventor Styles".
|The dialog for Materials. The Appearance dialog is nearly identical.|
The source (the library to be migrated) is selected, followed by the destination library.
However, there are two destinations to send your migrated folder, one is to create a new library, the other, select an existing library.
So what to do?
There's two theories. One is to migrate your old libraries to a newly created one, and remove the old Inventor libraries. This makes sure you have "one truth" for those materials.
The other, is to merge them into the existing library. The important, custom materials will be there.
Which did I choose? Personally I used "Create New Library. For me, it was a little easier to have that "one version" of the truth. I can remove one library later if I don't want it.
Hit okay, and the migration begins.
Soon, the migrated Material Library is complete.
The best part now, migrating the Color Library to the Appearance Library. Why is it so good? It's basically the same steps! If you've done the Material Library, you can do the Appearance Library.
Naturally, it wouldn't be a blog post without a video. So here we go!
Do you have input on how you might have migrated your own libraries! Throw a comment below!
P.S. If you're interested in how to migrate Dimension Styles, Sheet Metal Styles, etc. Check out last week's blog here!