Arch SetMaterial

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Arch SetMaterial

Menu location
Arch → Material tools → Material
Arch, BIM
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Arch CompSetMaterial, Arch MultiMaterial


This tool allows to add materials to the active document and attribute a material to an Arch object. A Material contains all the properties of a certain material and controls the color of the object it is attached to. Materials are stored in a Materials folder in the active document.


  1. Optionally, select one or more objects to which you wish to attribute a new material.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Press the Material button in the toolbar.
    • Use the M then T keyboard shortcut.
    • Use the Arch → Material Tools → Material entry from the top menu.
  3. Load a preset material, or create a new one by filling the fields.
  4. Press OK.


  • Upon creating a new material, a task panel allows you to set different options:

  • Choose preset: Choose one of the preset materials, to be used as is, or to be adapted by modifying the fields below
  • Name: Choose a name for the material
  • Edit button: This opens the current material in FreeCAD's Material editor, which allows you to edit many additional properties and add your own custom ones
  • Description: A more detailed description of the material
  • Color: A display color for the material, which will be applied to all objects that use that material
  • Section Color: A display color for the material, which will be applied on TechDraw pages, when an object with this material is cut, and the "Display materials" property of the containing section plane is set to True.
  • Code: A name and reference number of a specification system such as Masterformat or Omniclass.
  • Code browser button: Not implemented yet - will allow to open the reference in a web browser
  • URL: An URL where more information about the material can be found
  • URL button:Opens the URL in a web browser

Relation to IFC

This roughly corresponds to IfcMaterial.