I have a 3D model from our engineering department with accurate measures of our product (format: VRML) that I want to give to a third party. The third party doesn't need an accurate model for what they are supposed to do with it. Now I want to modify the whole model with little effort to protect our technical know-how.

Does anybody know a solution in Blender to accomplish that?

I played a little bit with the decimate modifier and it looked promising. The draw back I see with it, is the disproportionate effort I have to make since I don't know how to apply the modifier on ALL faces of ALL objects in the model.

Is it possible to get a short step-by-step tutorial to get all faces modified at once?

Another question that comes to my mind regarding the protection effect: If I modify the model and export it again to the VRML-format, then the modification I made in Blender is definite/destructive in opposite to the Blender-format itself where it stays non-destructive and I can adjust the modifier again. Am I right?

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    $\begingroup$ you can setup your decimate on 1 object, select everything with A, be sure your modified mesh is active and Ctrl+L to link the modifiers from it. I think modifiers are applied when exporting, so it'll be destructive. can be a checkbox (depending on file format) $\endgroup$
    – Bithur
    Feb 26, 2015 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Bithur that looks like it may be the answer. Would you mind saying the same thing in an answer maybe with a few screen shots? Thanks $\endgroup$
    – ruckus
    Feb 26, 2015 at 16:16

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Setup your decimate modifier on one of the objects.

Then, in object mode, select all objects (A) or all needed object (Shift+RMB).

Make sure your decimated object is active (different color, usually brighter orange), if it's not, Shift+RMB on it.

Use Ctrl+L to open the link menu and select "modifiers"
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All the selected objects will now have the exact same modifiers as the active object. enter image description here

About export : modifiers are applied when exporting, so it will be destructive. There can be a checkbox (depending on file format) to apply modifiers or not.

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry but I had a lot of work and couldn't post a full answer with screenshots before. $\endgroup$
    – Bithur
    Feb 26, 2015 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the input. I tried this, but I couldn't get all objects with "A", it only selected all faces of the selected object. However, I got all objects selected with the lasso tool and used the copy-attributes-addon described here: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/319/… $\endgroup$
    – Markus K.
    Feb 27, 2015 at 9:40
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    $\begingroup$ you tried to select objects in edit mode, go in object mode (Tab) $\endgroup$
    – Bithur
    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:59

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