Questions tagged [import]

Questions involving import-compatibility with other graphics software. Importing involves converting an external file type into a Blender file, for the purpose of editing or otherwise manipulating that file.

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How would I import/export Blender's preferences?

I constantly stay up to date with each new release of Blender, but this means my preferences are wiped clean each time. How do I export/import these preferences to avoid loosing my carefully crafted ...
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Why can't I import a SVG file from Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape?

I've tried multiple times to import a SVG file from illustrator CS5.5 to Blender 2.71 and 2.73. However, I do not see a mesh, curve, or anything pop up in my "Outliner" window. So I know its not so ...
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How to import a .mtl file?

I am new to Blender. I downloaded a .obj file of a plant model. When I unzipped it I found two files (.obj and ...
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Import SketchUp “.skp” files

I am new with Blender. I changed to it because now I am using Ubuntu. Previously on Windows I used to work with SketchUp, and I still have many projects, that I would like to import *.skp into Blender ...
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How to batch import Wavefront OBJ files?

Is it possible to batch import Wavefront .obj to blender? I'm working on 2.69. If I select multiple .obj files, only one gets ...
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How to import 3D buildings from OpenStreetMap to Blender

As an OpenStreetMap (OSM) user, but pretty newbie regarding to Blender (I know the basics, but never used in depth because I get lost) or developing, I would like to 3D print some buildings stored in ...
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How to import a .max model into Blender?

I've tried to import but I don't see the (.max) file as an option when importing. Is there another way to import the 3DMax model into Blender for rigging and animation?
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Importing OBJ with MTL and Image not working properly

I'm trying to import an OBJ file that has associated MTL and PNG files. There's a similar question here, but the answer is not very helpful, I just see a big blob. These are the files that I'm trying ...
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Does Blender support the glTF format?

Is the import/export of GLTF files is going to be supported or is there a python script that can handle that?
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How to get objects from different files into one file? [duplicate]

When I click open, I get to I wanted to open, but I lose everything else. How can I open two files into one?
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What are the light blue lines on my imported objects

So recently, I have been noticing neon light blue lines on objects I import, in place of the the normal orange selection lines. Maybe I was supposed to be getting this variant of line before hand or ...
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open .stl file with blender [duplicate]

I need to open .stl files with blender, without importing them! In the properties of my .stl file, blender is set as "open with", but when I double click on the file it just opens blender as my ...
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Is it possible to associate non-blend files with Blender?

Is there a way to make Blender auto import files that are not .blend when you open them? For example if you open a .fbx file by ...
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2D solidify. Is it possible?

Is there a way to make some "2D solidify" from edges to faces. (It's about creating roads from GIS data). I've tried Skin modifier, converting to curves with depth and back to mesh, but all the ...
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How to open a .glb or .gltf file in blender?

My question is about opening .glb or .gltf files in Blender. I don't see these extensions in the Import options, although Export allows me to create files with either of those extensions.
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Poly / Bezier curve from a list of coordinates

I'm trying to create curves from a list of points, I have the xyz coordinates in text files. I could make it manually via the python console for a single curve, but I have to do it many times and I ...
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How to import an FBX file into Blender

I am trying to import an FBX file from Unity into Blender. Does anybody know how to do that?
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Blender isn't importing mtl correctly with obj?

I'm a new blender user, but have used other modelling programs before. I've downloaded a model file and unzipped it. When I import the obj into blender, it is my understanding (from here: How to ...
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Extrude and bevel an imported svg curve

I exported an svg 1.1 file from Adobe Illustrator CS6. I joined all the shapes by pressing Ctrl+J. I set the curve shape to 2D. Then I extruded using the right hand side panel: So far so good. But ...
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Is it possible to import a Maya file into blender?

I have Maya files from Maya 2012 (or 2013) and I was wondering if there was a way to import the Maya file into blender?
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Install Python module for Blender

I'd like to install some python modules which need to be compiled and use them in Blender. Usually I'd pip install them but that doesn't seem to be a possibility for Blender. I tried copying sys.path ...
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Clear UV seams not clearing seams

I want to clear UV seams on a object and remake them myself, but neither UV Mapping > Clear Seams nor UV Mapping > Reset Seems to work. Please see attachment images. This is my mesh before i do UV ...
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Why won't Blender let me import .svg files?

I know this seems to be a repetitive question, but nothing seems to work for me. I am trying to make two ping pong paddles to put in Blender using Inkscape. I've watched the YouTube tutorials, and I ...
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How to Import a model with textures applied?

I have downloaded a model from this website. It comes with all the textures as .tga files. I want to import all the files into blender so it looks exactly as it ...
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Can themes be exported and imported?

If I create a theme, can I export it for import later or for distribution?
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Unable to see anything after importing .obj file

I try to import .obj files from this project: http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/en/bodyparts3d/download.html - the files contain Polygon Mesh Data. When I import the obj file into blender, the ...
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Import 3D XML in Blender or convert it with another tool

I would like to find a way to import 3D XML (zipped file with XML Data and textures) files into Blender or find a workaround without using 3dvia, or AutoDesk to convert it. I know there is a python ...
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How can I set the object origin for an armature?

After importing a .bvh file from Motion Capturing, the object appears translated and its origin isn't in the objects geometric center. I've tried several options from the Set Origin menu (Shift + Ctrl ...
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File format with per face colors

I am trying to export a mesh from some scientific experiment (in MATLAB) and load it in blender for rendering. I'd like to assign per-face colors (as opposed to per-vertex with interpolation over ...
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How to import AC3D files?

Using Blender 2.66 with Ubuntu 13.10. How to import AC3D files? I do not see an option for this under user preferences.
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Can I import Autodesk Inventor 2016 models?

I am working on a new video game idea and am well versed in Inventor 2016, but, new to Blender. How might I import my Inventor models into Blender 2.77?
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How do I prevent Blender adding an index-suffix to the objects' names?

My problem is that whenever I delete all objects (selecting all objects and pressing 'Delete' then selecting 'Delete' from the drop-down menu) and import them back, the objects' names get an "index ...
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Blender script import model and render it

I know python well, but I'm not familiar with blender. Is it possible to use the blender API to do this? Setup: Create a scene in which the the lights and cameras are pre-arranged. Run a python ...
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Import camera animation from Maya 2014

There's a bunch of import/export formats common to both Blender and Maya, but which of them support animation? FBX is supposed to, but for now our addon doesn't support that yet. Specifically, I need ...
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Import PLY doesn't display vertex colors

I'm trying to import a .PLY mesh in Blender. I've troubles with colors: the mesh appear in a grayscale palette. Other softwares open it correctly (eg. MeshLab). This is the header of the PLY file: <...
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How to open all fonts at once?

I want to make all of the files in the windows/font/ folder open all at once in blender instead of needing to add each one in the folder individually. I need all of the fonts to be pre loaded or open ...
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Can't update / remove keyframe values from an imported Collada file

I'm trying to edit keyframes in an existing animation in a .dae file I have imported to Blender 2.68a, however none of the changes I make seem to stick. I select the bone in pose mode, change the ...
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How do I import a dxf?

I am a noob with blender. Please be as specific as possible. College students have been doing this for me, but I am unable to understand them.
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Bones import incorrectly from FBX file

I tried importing UE4's marketplace skeleton template into blender. But the bones import with incorrect rotation and size as shown bellow. The weights seem to be working, I can pose the character. ...
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How do I import a .blend into another .blend?

In blender, Import has no .blend option..so how can I import .blend file in my current blend file?
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BVH Export/Import, Armature different when re-imported

If I export an armature as bvh and then import it back, the imported armature doesn't look anything like the original. Could anyone please have a look and advise?, blend file
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Trouble importing STL produced by VTK

I am new to blender and am unsuccessfully trying to open an STL file. Our own visualization software offers STL export via a library called VTK, which we can import into other CAD software (e.g. to ...
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Import a csv animation path using animation nodes

In this question, the answer shows how to use a script to import a CSV file and setup an animation. Is there a way to do this same thing using animation nodes? For example, this is start on the ...
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How to batch convert between file formats?

I have about thousands of files I need to convert into from one format to another. Both formats are handled by existing add-ons.. I assume the script process would go something like this: Select ...
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Thick Cyan lines on edges on export - import mesh?

When i enter Edit mode with my object i have thick cyan lines on every edge. I made my model with blender and the exported it to .obj without saving cause i wanted to import it in another project. ...
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How to import recorded iPhone gyro data into blender?

I recorded iPhone's rotation and now I want to import these data as x,y,z for object rotation in blender. How can I convert OSC or CSV formats into F-Curves? Thank you for help.
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How to wait for bpy.ops.wm.alembic_import to finish?

Quite a simple question I hope, I've been tearing my hair out with it for over a day now though. I'm trying to write a background python script that will import an alembic and then perform certain ...
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How to import .dng files

I have to work with .dng files and it looks like you can do it in Blender, somehow. As stated in this question, it seems that you can import them but I don't know ...
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Can one create a video from sequence of meshes that you already have using blender?

If I have a sequence of .obj (or any other readable format) files created from my own simulation code (say cloth simulation), can I use the rendering capabilities of blender to generate a video? Is ...
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Material assignment

I am new to Blender. I'm attempting to learn how to use it to render architectural models created in Sketchup or Rhino. One of the difficulties I'm having is figuring out an efficient way to assign ...