I created a cast iron Material in the Manage tab/Settings panel/Materials tool. I did the same for Copper and White PVC.
I am able to assign these materials to Cast Iron pipe fittings, Copper pipe fittings and PVC pipe fittings, respectively.
When graphics display is set to Shaded, cast iron fittings are flat black, copper fittings are Metallic orange(ish), and PVC is glossy white.
In all cases, the pipe is standard gray.
Is it possible to assign the materials to the pipe? In Object Styles, I can create Subcategories of Pipe. Can I assign one of the sub categories to the pipe?
I don't see any of these options in the Pipe Types properties. The Material option uner Pipe type properties refers to the material propertis in MEP Settings - for roughness, available sizes, connection types, schedule, etc.
I did try to assign the material to the piping system, but then the equipment / fixtures on that system also turned to cast iron, copper, or PVC.
Apologies for resurrecting an old post.
I had the same problem and just found that under Object Styles: Pipes : Sub Categories you can add a material.
Not fathomed out how to apply this Sub Category to the Pipe Types.....almost there....
Never got it.
I'm able to assign materials to the fittings. So, I have copper, cast iron and pvc fittings that appear copper, black and white, respectively, connecting pipe.
I tried assigning to the system, but then the coils, fixtures, etc. turned to that material. I've resigned to the idea that this may or may not be addressed in future versions of Revit.
There's a horrible work around here:
There has to be an easier way?
Hang Fire, I think I've just cracked it! (Noticed this whilst I was complaining in the WishList Forum)
When a piping segment (under settings) is first created there is a dialog that asks what material to make the pipe from - simply select a material and your good to go....
I've attached a jpeg for more information. I've tested it with a multi-material valve attached to the pipe and the valve retains it's materials....I'll need to test this a bit more but it seems to work
That seems to work well, however, it also appears to be a double-edged sword - the Pipe Accesories retain their own Material, but then so do the Pipe Fittings...
That's an advantage for me, I define the fitting's materials in the fitting's families.
Sometimes I need different materials on different parts of my fittings (As an example Plasson Compression Fittings have different colored bodies from thier sockets).
In response to Hugh, What version of Revit are you using? I don't get that dialog when inserting pipe?
I'm using Revit 2014 (Architecture, Structure and MEP all in one flavor....).
This isn't a perfect solution since the name of the material will become the name of the pipe segment.
Hope you can get it working...if you post your version of Revit maybe someone here would be able to see if it's possible for materials on Pipe Types without using Systems?