Free online conversion of 3d models

If you ever started a project, where you recieve lots of files from different sources to start working with them in Blender, you might get caught up in a situation where a file saved in a format like MAX or DWG, which should be imported to Blender and either the import script gives you some kind of error, or the script for a specific file format does not exist. I just find out a file conversion system that might be handy in situations where we must use external references.

A web site called Babel 3D offers a system where you can upload a 3d model, and they will convert it to another format. For instance, we can upload a DWG file and convert it to OBJ.


It works pretty much like a lot of online video conversion web sites. We have to upload the file and register an e-mail address, and when the file is converted, the system sends a message with a link to download the converted 3d model.

Did I mention that it is a free service?

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  • dazzler

    thanks! Just tested the sketchup to obj from 3d wharehouse. maybe not perfect but works much better than trying to import collada

  • Michal Sosnowski

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  • cloo

    great news!

  • great

    great, I hope they extend the service to other formats

  • Alain

    Nice tool.
    Have to test it since the import of *.dae files with new sketchupversions doesn’t work anymore with blender 2.492. I always have to use an older sketchupversion to export “*.dae”-files.

    Kind regards

  • Alain

    Just did a Test with a sketchup file and it failed 🙁

    Kind regards

  • Pierre

    it does not like sketchup’s transparent materials, but neither does blender, or photoshop, when it could read the dae from blender 7 in 2.49

  • foo

    It would be better if it were a free service running free software.

  • Alain

    Tested it again with a simpler scene (sketchup to *.obj and then import into blender). The result was very sad, it creates a mess of meshes and does not group it by materials and does not keep the object and materail names from sketchup.

    The OBJ-Exporter for Sketchup works better for importing sketchup scenes into blender but is not good as well.

    There seems to be no usefull way at the moment to import sketchup scenes into blender.

    The Convert-Service is only usefull if it runs without problems. It doesn’t matter if its free or open source, I would even pay for it if it does a real good job.

    If you pay nothing you get nothing.

    I’m a bit disapointed that Allan posts such sad links, did you ever test it Allan ?

    Kind regards

  • Phoinx

    Looks like it is paid now. =[

  • Doomed

    Yep indeed a paid site now, there are others out there still doing conversions for free with no sign up, but sadly still looking for one that converts to .obj

  • blur_sotong

    How can I convert .obj files to .skp files?

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