This may be old news to some users, but I thought I would put it out there as it is handy.
TO CHANGE WHAT MATERIAL A PART IS MADE OUT OF
(In Wildfire 4 ProE):1) With the part open in ProE, 2) "Edit", "Setup", "Material" 3) Choose the desired material from the list that appears 4) Click the ">>>" arrows to move it over into "Materials in Model" list on the right side 5) Right-click on the new material in the "Materials in Model" list, choose "Assign".
Your part is now "made" of that material.
TO MAKE USE OF THE MATERIAL FOR CG, MASS, ETC (Note: you can use this on assemblies too-- very handy):1) "Analysis", "Model", "Mass Properties" 2) Note that up at the top of the little window "CSYS", "Select items" is highlighted yellow. You can either choose a coordinate system you want it to figure the CG relative to, or "Use Default" (which is checked by default) 3) Click on the button with the eyeglasses at the bottom, to get your analysis.
Presto: loads of info, based upon the material the part is now made out of.