I would like to export a model from Blender with the colors and open/import it in Meshlab. Here my model:

Model with Colors

I read about it a bit already and did not find any conclusive answer. I know that the info should be stored in e.g. the .mtl file while using the .obj format. But neither did .obj, nor any other format worked. So therefore I might miss some necassery step. Like applying (?) the colors to the vertices ? I am just guessing here. Also the add material in export window did not help. I am guessing this is pure basics.

A second question regarding the same piece is how I can get rid of all the internals of my model (here with a boolean modifier using union). So e.g. in this wireframe model I want to get rid of the black part of the Letter R: Model in Wireframe Mode

So my final model would be yellow letter R, black cube and "hollow" inside without anything inside.

How can I achieve this ? Thanks.

  • $\begingroup$ That's probably the other mesh that you used in the Boolean Modifier. You can select it in Wireframe mode and just hide it with "H" or move it to another Layer with "M". $\endgroup$
    – Samoth
    Jan 12, 2016 at 21:29

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For importing the mesh with colors into MeshLab:

In Blender, select File > Export > Wavefront (.obj), and select a location to save the .obj to.

Exporting from Blender

When the file browser opens as part of the export process, look at the panel to the left, and make sure "Write materials" is checked:

Export dialogue

Next, open MeshLab, and choose File > Import Mesh... and select the .obj you exported from Blender. This will import the mesh, but the mesh will be grey:

Grey mesh

To enable the mesh colors you exported from Blender, in MeshLab you need to navigate to Render > Color and click "Per Face". Your mesh will now be displayed with the colors you specified in Blender:

Colored mesh

For the second part of your question, you should be able to select the black wireframe by right-clicking on it, and then delete it by pressing X. Does that achieve what you need? If that doesn't work, or if you encounter problems, could you upload your .blend file please?

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much for taking the time and your detailed description. I did everything you said, but I could not make it work. None of the color options in Meshlab have a result , other than the default grey become a tick darker. Do I need to apply the colors ? Or do anything other than assigning them in the material panel ? Thanks again... $\endgroup$
    – digit
    Jan 12, 2016 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Hey, I'm looking to do the opposite (export a MeshLab mesh with texture that will open in Blender & keep the texture/material) Any clue how to do that? $\endgroup$
    – Jami Johns
    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ @JamiJohns You can check out my video on that: youtube.com/watch?v=stz9pL_pq9I $\endgroup$
    – nh2
    Nov 15, 2021 at 2:52

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