In this article you will learn:
1. What is the material section?
All techpacks on Techpacker are divided between three main default sections i.e. sketches,materials and measurements, and the custom sections.
The material section is one of the three main default sections where you will add all information (BOM or bill of materials) about the different types of materials you will use in your design such as fabrics, trims, hardware, labels, packaging, etc. in the form of a material table.
BOM rows are added in the material table in form of cards. Skip below to learn how to create one from scratch.
2. How to create a material table
There are 2 methods of adding cards in the material section:
2a. Adding individual cards
Step 1: There are two ways of adding material cards -
- By clicking on + add material
- By dragging in your material image file
Step 2: Start adding information to your materials table.
Pro tip: You can also enter information in the cells by simply using copy/paste from excel.
2b. By importing a CSV excel file
You can also import your material table from an excel file. The file has to be in a CSV format with all BOM and tolerances listed in it. This will save you time as you don't have to add all materials and set up your table again.
Before creating a material table by import CSV
☑ Make sure that your material section has no cards and is completely
Step 1: Click on this icon import materials from csv located on top-right of the material section.
Step 2: Browse and select the .csv file you wish to upload and click open.
Step 3: This screen will pop-up where you will select the information from your CSV file you wish to include.
- Under Source you will see the names of the columns from your csv file
- Under Destination you will select and match the relevant columns where your table data should go.
- For e.g. if in your .csv a column in called COST, then in the destination area you should also match it with COST
- In case you wish to hide a certain column into your material section, you can click on this icon to hide a column as shown above . Your data will be imported, but just won't be visible. You can always unhide that column late through the column manager.
- Check the columns you would like to show in your material table.
- You can preview the columns and the order of the final table after you have made all the changes.
- Click on the "Import CSV" icon to import the table with the final changes made by you.
|NOTE: Make sure all your color combo columns are selected as color columns from your tech packs settings.|
3. How to add, hide, delete, and rearrange columns in the material section
Step 1: To make any changes in the column, click on the icon located at the right top corner of the table.
To add a new column, click on the +ADD COLUMN at the bottom of the window.
To hide a column, click on the icon and this will hide that column from the table.
To delete a column in a card click on the icon.
To rearrange a column, click on the icon then drag and drop to rearrange that column.
To change the non-color column into the color column, click on icon.
4. What is color and non-color column
In the materials table, all columns highlighted in green indicate the color-combos of your design. While the one in dark green is selected as the sample color. You can change the sample color by either clicking on the column header or by going to your techpack settings.
The non-colored columns (i.e., not in green) don't indicate any design colors.
You can switch any column from color to non-color (and vice -versa) using the icon located inside your column manager.
5. How to add sub-materials in the measurement section
Sometimes it is required to have sub-materials under a major heading of the material. They can be created on Techpacker by following these steps.
Step 1: Click on the icon located on the right end of each card.
Step 2: Go to the materials tab and click on add sub-material.
New sub-rows will be added and you can enter the material details in those sub-materials.
6. How to print material section in the PDF?
To print your custom section/s in your techpack PDF, navigate to the doc view page. From the document settings make sure the material section is selected. If not, check the material section and wait for a couple of seconds for your new rendered PDF with the material section.