AutoCAD Beginner’s Guide: How to Add Material

Adding material in AutoCAD is a straightforward process.

Follow these five simple steps to get started:

  1. Create a new layer for the material you want to add by clicking on the New Layer button under the Layers tab and naming it something descriptive like "Material."
  2. Insert a solid using the Solids option under the 3D Modeling group in the Insert tab, then click Add and choose the type of solid you need (e.g., circle, rectangle, or square).
  3. Extrude the solid into the desired shape and size by going to the Modify tab and selecting Extrude from the 3D Modeling group.
  4. Rotate or scale the solid as needed using the Transform tab’s Rotate or Scale options.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for multiple solids, or group them together using the Layers tab and apply different colors or textures if desired.


  1. Yes, AutoCAD allows you to import 3D models from various file formats such as STL, OBJ, and FBX. Simply go to the Insert tab, select Solids from the 3D Modeling group, then choose Import. Browse for your desired file and follow the prompts.
  2. To add text in AutoCAD, go to the Text tool on the Annotate tab, type in your desired text, and adjust font size, style, and color as needed using the Properties palette.

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