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I'm using Blender to create a four-room Basement set for use in DAZ Studio. I have the basic architecture finished: floor, walls, ceiling, and stairwell. In DAZ Studio, I need to import this as a Figure with each object as a separate bone, so users can hide parts of the set while setting up scenes. Here is a screenshot of my Blender scene:

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Alas, when I export this as an obj file and import it in DAZ Studio -- that is, adding the obj file as geometry to the DAZ Figure Setup window -- the set came in as a single object with no component parts that I could set as bones. How do I export an obj file with component parts that I can set as bones in DAZ Studio?

Thank you :-)

UPDATE: I realized that I had assigned each object to a group (in the Properties>Object panel) but not to a vertex group (in the Properties>Data panel). So I deleted the groups and assigned each object to its own vertex group. But when I exported as an obj and imported in DAZ Studio - again, adding geometry in the DAZ Figure Setup window - the entire set still came through as a single object with no component parts that I could set as bones.

UPDATE 2: The problem was my Blender export settings. A DAZ forum user suggested these settings -- where (+) means checked and (-) means unchecked -- and they worked:

Forward (Z Forward), Up (Y Up), Selection Only (-), Animation (-), Apply Modifiers (+), Include Edges (-), Smooth Groups (-), Bitflag Smooth Groups (-), Write Normals (-), Include UVs (+), Write Materials (+), Triangulate Faces (-), Write Nurbs (-), Polygroups (-), Objects as OBJ Objects (-), Objects as OBJ Groups (+), Material Groups (-), Keep Vertex Order (-), Scale (100.00), Path Mode (Auto).

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  • $\begingroup$ I would have said to check the "Object as OBJ Objects" option, but glad it's working now. You should post the solution bellow as an answer for future reference instead $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 0:59

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CORRECTED FIX: The problem was my Blender export settings. To ensure DAZ gets the normals correct on all faces, you need these settings: where (+) means checked and (-) means unchecked -- and they worked:

Forward (Z Forward), Up (Y Up), Selection Only (-), Animation (-), Apply Modifiers (+), Include Edges (+), Smooth Groups (-), Bitflag Smooth Groups (-), Write Normals (+), Include UVs (+), Write Materials (+), Triangulate Faces (-), Write Nurbs (-), Polygroups (-), Objects as OBJ Objects (-), Objects as OBJ Groups (+), Material Groups (-), Keep Vertex Order (-), Scale (100.00), Path Mode (Auto).

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