Materials List not updating


Recommended Posts

Hi , I have searched everywhere about this topic and have read that the materials list does not update after making modifications to plans? 


Is this true ? I noticed this after creating a materials list and I entered all pricing values etc, and then I made some changes on the plans (such as bumping out a wall, swapping materials or just adding/deleting fixtures or components and nothing updated .


I hope it is my error and lack of knowledge rather than a shortcoming of CA! 

any ideas how to fix this so that all the data values  that I entered in the list remain and reflect the modifications made in the plan?



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Once generated, Materials Lists are static.  They are NOT connected to the plan anymore.  If you make changes to the plan and then want to see a Materials List that reflects those changes, then you have to generate a new Materials List.


Now if you want to keep from entering things like pricing information all over again, then you need to add the information via the Components Panel of your various objects (preferably at the Default level) and/or by utilizing the Master List (which you’ll just have to read up on).  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, develospec9 said:

I have been trying to find the components section for objects and materials

There is a Components Tab for objects only, not for materials. Simply double click on almost any object and review the tabs on the left side of the dialog.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 11/24/2022 at 11:43 AM, develospec9 said:

I noticed this after creating a materials list and I entered all pricing values etc, and then I made some changes on the plans (such as bumping out a wall, swapping materials or just adding/deleting fixtures or components and nothing updated


In addition to what has been suggested, once you enter all of your data into the Material List, you can hit the Select All button and then the Update TO Master List (see pics). This will save all of the data you've entered into your Material List for updating to future material lists.






Then when you generate a new Material List, once again hit the Select All button, then hit Update FROM Master List (the button left of Update TO Master List), and this will populate all your custom data into the fields.


The Master List is program-wide and your data will be stored and available in all plans.


Side note; for dimensional lumber you'll probably want to use Buy List for calculating costs, which pulls from your Saved Structural Member Reporting Defaults, and which can also contain pricing for individual lumber items that will then automatically populate into the material list.



  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in

Sign In Now

  • Member Statistics

    Total Members
    Most Online
    Newest Member
  • Similar Content

    • By robdyck
      Does anyone know how or where one could set different rebar options for different types of walls, or is the components tab the only place to do this? Example: I have retaining walls that require far more rebar than my default foundation walls. And unfortunately, one cannot copy a component AFAIK.
      Side question: is there a simple automatic way to get no. 4 rebar to report as 10M in a material list? And no. 5 as 15M etc.
      Need to set default pricing for product/materials to use as default template. This way generating my materials list will be quicker.  I do not want to enter vendor specific pricing.  I want to enter labor pricing for specific materials.  I want this to default to my setting per item/sf/etc. each time i choose that template to start a plan. 
      I hope this question makes sense.  Please help.
    • By DeckQuestions
      I'm trying to get a materials list going for decks, but the deck plank materials aren't being factored into Calculate Materials in Area/Room.
      It does work when I Calculate Materials for All Floors or select the planks individually and use Calculate Materials from Selection. I also recently discovered that it works if I calculate in area from a floor above where the planks are, even when nothing is visible on that floor of the plan.
      How can I remedy this? 
    • By DeckQuestions
      I just need the number of planks that have been collapsed in a row, not the total square feet. I feel like there's probably an easy way to do this, but I don't know what it is.
    • By Slamnation
      Is it possible to change the Wall Board (Drywall) size from the default size of 4x8 to 4x12 when CA calculates the materials list?