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How to get objects from different files into one file?

There are several ways to import other blender objects in to a blender file. Copy paste The simplest way is to have both blend files open, and simply copy the object from one file and paste it into ...
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How to batch import Wavefront OBJ files?

The following Add-on allows to import multiple Wavefront OBJ files at once. By using the file browser the import process is platform independent. Also all the usual options like Forward Axis, Up Axis ...
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What are the light blue lines on my imported objects

This means in Shading/UVs those edges have been marked as Sharp: The Sharp mark is used by the split normals and the Edge Split modifier, which are part of the smoothing or customized shading ...
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Importing OBJ with MTL and Image not working properly

1. Check the obj file In your case the obj is not exported correctly. Obj is a human readable file format it is easy to find the issue. You can check this by open up the file in a text editor of your ...
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When I save something as an OBJ file the texture does not save with it, why?

.OBJ (Wavefront) file itself only stores geometry data, it does not keep anything regarding materials or textures. Materials (including references [paths] to textures) are stored in companion .MTL ...
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How to import a .max model into Blender?

.max is the native internal format of 3DS Max, just like .blend is Blender's native format. To get models into blender use an ...
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How do I import a .blend into another .blend?

There are two ways to import .blend files. You can use the Append (File > Append...) or the Link (File > Link...) operator. Append makes a direct copy of the elements in the .blend file, while ...
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Bones import incorrectly from FBX file

Enable all these options while you import: Import User Properties Import Enums As Strings Ignore Leaf Bones Automatic Bone Orientation
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How would I import/export Blender's preferences?

if you want to know where Blender is storing your user-preferences, you can run this from the Python command line (within Blender). ...
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2D solidify. Is it possible?

The easy way, which requires a bit (just a bit) of manual work: Install "Edit Tools 2" and "Loop Tools" addons. They're both available in basic blender 2.79/2.79a, so just find them in addons and ...
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Is it possible to associate non-blend files with Blender?

No, Blender doesn't support this. Mainly because there are many options you may want to configure while importing a file. However if its vital for your work-flow, writing a script to do this is not ...
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How to open a .glb or .gltf file in blender?

Blender comes with glTF-Blender-IO pre-installed since 2.80. This is a refactoring of the original Khronos glTF exporter, combined with @Julien's importer. Both of the original projects should be ...
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How do I import a dxf?

There are various dxf import / export plugins, but they are not enabled by default. One of these is specifically for Import (read carefully). In the User Preferences window find the Add-ons tab. ...
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Does Blender support the glTF format?

It looks like the Khronos Group also has an official exporter for version 2.0: https://github.com/KhronosGroup/glTF-Blender-Exporter
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Unable to see anything after importing .obj file

Imported objects from other file formats, are often times really small, off centered, or very far away from scene origin, compared to the default scene scale. First step is to make sure anything was ...
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Why does model look great and detailed in Daz but when I import it to Blender it looks bad?

notice the reflections on the daz scene. They are likely using an hdri in Daz. In the screenshots below I am using eevee whereas I think you are using cycles but the concept is the same. Edit: ...
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Blender script import model and render it

Here's an outline with obj import, creates one camera in a new scene, loops thru a model list, makes a new scene with links to cam in created scene, loops thru the cams in the new scene (add more) and ...
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How to import 3D buildings from OpenStreetMap to Blender

Here are some updates to the script https://github.com/vvoovv/blender-geo/blob/master/io_import_scene_osm.py Extruded buildings based on building:levels using a level_height setting in import. Also ...
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Select object and recalculate normals via script?

Making normals outside can also be done with the bmesh module operator recalc_face_normals(bm, faces) Sample script ...
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How to open a .glb or .gltf file in blender?

GLTF Importer for Blender - now in progress: https://github.com/ksons/gltf-blender-importer
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How do I prevent Blender adding an index-suffix to the objects' names?

When you delete an object, not all information about it will be deleted. Its mesh data will remain in the file. So if you want to delete the mesh data, open Outliner in Orphan data mode and click on ...
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2D solidify. Is it possible?

BMesh Approach Seems many moons ago now, I was dabbling with writing an OSM importer and came up with this script for roads. Basically it looks for intersections and creates an ngon intersection, ...
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Why won't Blender let me import .svg files?

It works fine for me, however they come out very small initially: Once imported and selected, you can scale them up with S. Once properly sized, it's also probably a good idea to apply the scale with ...
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Import PLY doesn't display vertex colors

The .PLY importer makes a Vertex Color Layer, if you switch to it you will see the colours. And as a cycles material:
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Import STEP file to Blender

I had good success with opencascade cad-assistant. I open the STEP and export as .glb or .gltf. This method has much better normals allowing for a coarser mesh that still looks good and also maintains ...
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Import 3D XML in Blender or convert it with another tool

Import Citygml Model Textures applied to Zuidplein model. I've merged all the scripts into 1 for convenience, would envisage splitting them up if made into an addon. ...
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Extrude and bevel an imported svg curve

Most likely your curves need cleanup. Diagnosis You mentioned joining all objects after import, make sure all segments are closed curves, not separate lose segments inside one bezier object. I would ...
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When I save something as an OBJ file the texture does not save with it, why?

When you export an OBJ, you have some options that need paying attention to... 'Write Materials' is most notable, make sure it is checked. Try that 1st, if you are still having troubles, try ...
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Can I import Autodesk Inventor 2016 models?

Between Inventor and Blender you can use the .STL file format. There are also paid addons for Inventor to export in .OBJ or other types (some have free Trial). Note that a parametric mesh from any 3D ...

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