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How do I get the surface area of a mesh? Preferably no python involved.

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  1. Enable the '3D Print Toolbox' addon.

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  1. Open the '3D Printing' tab in 3D view > Tool shelf.
  2. Under statistics, press the Area button. (there's also option for volume and other checks for geometry).

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The Addons shelf has been moved on the right of the screen. Press N in the 3D Viewport or click the arrow in the top right of the area to expand it.

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