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assign NX render materials using journal ?

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Any tips on workarounds to assign , say "steel",  to a body/all bodies in the work part ?

 Note: Render materials. The "engineering materials" are no problem to assign using a journal.


The render materials palette (NX10) does not seem to register journal recording.

any workarounds to assign render materials are welcome.






Re: assign NX render materials using journal ?

Yes it seems to be possible, look into the User Function Display library (nxopen.uf.ufdisp),

 To open an LWA material library use

Public Sub OpenLwaArchiveMaterialsLibrary(lwa_archive_library_name As String) 

where the input is the full path to the lwa library.


It is then possible to copy a material from the library to work part, which gives the material_tag

Public Sub CopyLwaArchiveMaterialToWorkPart (Byval material_name As String, ByRef material_tag As Tag)

 Then use the assign material function

NXOpen.UF.UFDisp.AssignMaterial(ByVal material_tag As tag, ByVal object_tag As tag)

but make sure that the object_tag is of the type UF_solid_type, UF_solid_face_subtype or UF_faceted_model_type.


The only example for studio materials I could find on GTAC shows how one can use cycle objects to find all materials in a part.

Option Strict Off
Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports NXOpen
Imports NXOpen.UF
Module report_studio_materials_in_part
Dim theSession As Session = Session.GetSession()
Dim ufs As UFSession = UFSession.GetUFSession()
Dim theUI As UI = UI.GetUI()
Dim lw As ListingWindow = theSession.ListingWindow
Sub Main
Dim materials As New SortedList()
If materials.Count = 0 Then
lw.WriteLine("Part has no materials applied.")
For Each material As DictionaryEntry in materials
lw.WriteLine("Part Material " + material.Key.ToString() + " is " + material.Value)
End If
End Sub
Function get_part_materials(ByRef materials As SortedList)
Dim matTag As Tag = Tag.Null
ufs.Obj.CycleObjsInPart ( theSession.Parts.Work.Tag, _
UFConstants.UF_material_type, _
While matTag <> Tag.Null
Dim matName As String = Nothing
ufs.Obj.AskName(matTag, matName)
materials.Add(matTag, matName)
ufs.Obj.CycleObjsInPart ( theSession.Parts.Work.Tag, _
UFConstants.UF_material_type, _
End While
End Function
End Module