How to | Import and Export 3D Graphics

Mathematica can import and export 3D graphics in a variety of standard formats, allowing interchange with other applications. As with other 3D graphics in Mathematica, imported 3D graphics can be rotated and zoomed in and out, using a mouse or other input device.

Mathematica supports many popular file formats for 3D graphics, including the CAD-related "DXF" and LightWave 3D "LWO". As with other 3D graphics in Mathematica, these imported files can be rotated with a mouse or other input device.

Import a DXF example file, rendering it as a Graphics3D object:

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Import an LWO example file:

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Mathematica also allows you to export 3D graphics for use in other programs.

Create a plot in 3D and then export it:

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Create a 3D contour plot and export it:

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Export a 3D graphic imported from ExampleData:

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Once exported, you can bring 3D graphics back into Mathematica.

Import the 3D graphic you just exported:

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