Meshmixer: Importing 3D Models

Introduction: Meshmixer: Importing 3D Models

In this section of the user manual we'll walk you through importing 3D models into Meshmixer.

Meshmixer for Ember User Manual

How to Install Meshmixer for Ember

How to Import Models

How to Scale Models

How to Layout models

How to Combine Models

How to Generate Supports

How to Export for Ember

Step 1: Import a 3D Model

  1. Open Meshmixer (click here to see the installation guide)
  2. Click on "Import"


    Meshmixer can import the following 3D mesh types

    1. .STL
    2. .OBJ
    3. .PLY

  3. Browse to a model and click "Open"


    Meshmixer can import only one file at a time

    1. The model will open in the Meshmixer viewer

    Step 2: Add Another 3D Model

    You can add multiple models to the build volume.


    Ember uses a parallel 3D printing technology, it prints the whole slice in one go. This means that the print time is determined by the Z height of print job and is independent of the X-Y size.

    Try this for yourself by printing multiples of the same object, as long as the Z height of the print job is the same, the job will take the same time!

    To import another model

    1. Select "File" from the menu bar and click "Import"

    2. Browse to a model and click "Open"

    3. A pop up will open, check the boxes "Flip Z-Y on Import/Export" and "Remember my choice" then click "Append"


      If you want to replace the current model rather than add another, simply click "Replace" instead of "Append"

    4. Then second model will be opened in the Meshmixer viewer, along with the first model

      Step 3: Selecting an Object

      To select a model you can either

      1. Click on it
      2. Or click the model name in the "Object Browser"


      If you can't see the "Object Browser"

      1. Click on the "View" menu in on the top toolbar
      2. Click "Show Objects Browser"

        When a model is selected it is highlighted light grey in the 3D viewer and and dark grey in the "Objects Browser".

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          2 years ago

          Hi. I have just downloaded meshmixer and when i try to open any file (ply, stl. obj), a pop up shows up saying that the file cannot be opened or is not recognized (' face property has unknown type'). Tried to import the files several times and also reinstalled the software twice. Not working. Any tips?


          Question 4 years ago on Step 1

          file loads but no model on screen


          Answer 4 years ago

          try reloading it


          4 years ago

          you should always try again. reload file or you should use a backup file