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# Setting the Default Materials Table

A default materials table is provided with the Vortex® Studio Editor.

You can also load an external materials table, which has a list of materials. Before you start a simulation scene, decide whether you want to use or ignore the materials table. When you load a mechanism, the selected materials table will be used when editing the mechanism. You should decide beforehand which table to use.

To use a different materials table from the default, follow this procedure:

1. From the Vortex Studio Editor menu, press the Home button .
2. Click Options.
3. In the resulting window, click the Setup tab.
4. In the Materials Table section, click the Browse... button and choose a .vxmaterials file to use as the new materials table.
5. Click Save to close the window.
6. If the Materials Table panel is not visible, click then make sure Materials Table is selected. The new materials table now appears in the panel.