Defines the materials and substances that are used in your parts.

Where used


Data fields

General tab

This is the complete name for the unique material or substance. A material is made up of one or more substances (e.g., copper alloy is a material, which in turn is made up of a number of defined substances, copper, nickel, silver, etc.). Substances are chemical elements and their compounds.
This describes additional information about the material or substance. If applicable, this is where you enter information about radioactivity: radioactivity isotope name and code, max activity level (MBq), typical activity level (MBq), etc.
CAS identifier
If available, enter the Chemicals Abstract Service (CAS) number, ISO International Standards number or other reference identification of the material or substance.
Declaration category
This categorizes the material's disclosure requirement as Level A, Level B, or None.
"Level A" materials and substances are subject to regulatory restrictions that:
  • Prohibits their use and/or marketing;
  • Restricts their use and/or marketing; or
  • Requires reporting, or has other regulatory implications.
"Level B" materials and substances:
  • Provide economic value for end-of-life management purposes;
  • Are of significant environmental, health, or safety interest;
  • Would trigger hazardous waste management requirements; and/or
  • Could have a negative impact on end-of-life management.
Reporting threshold / Threshold unit of measure
This number represents the value that triggers reporting of the material. If the total material quantity exceeds this threshold for a particular item, then the material is included on the item's Material Declaration form.
For regulated (Level A) materials that require reporting when intentionally added, regardless of amount, use "0" as the reporting threshold.
Select the appropriate ratiometric units, such as % (percent), ppm (parts per million), or ppb (parts per billion).
Material category
This dropdown list indicates the Material Category collection member. Reports can group materials by category, so that (for example) all ferrous metals are separated from non-ferrous metals.
Active: users can select
Default member of collection
Permanent member of collection
For a description of these checkboxes, see the Collections reference > Managing collections help topic.

Material Constraints tab

You can construct a list of all constraints (such as safety provisions or special handling considerations) that must be imposed on the material.

Setup suggestions

Recording every material in each part can be tedious and time-consuming, and in many cases may prove unnecessary. You'll generally want to limit the list of materials to those that

  • Have legal restrictions or reporting requirements,
  • Affects health or safety, and/or
  • Impact end-of-life management.


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