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  03 March 2013
Question Exporting for 3D printing, too big, programs can't import? - Unsolved

Hey Guys,
I'm trying to find a way to export my mesh to any programs that can convert my mesh to STL, preferably optimized like ZBrush is able to do.
However, in order for me to reach the desired detail amount in Mudbox I have to subdivide the mesh quite a lot and if I export the file as OBJ it is bigger than 2 GB.
If I try to import that model to ZBrush for instance it won't load because it doesn't support my amount of RAM.
Is there any way at all to convert that big file to something more optimized or simply to STL without giving up on the amount of detail?
In other words, is there a proper way to use an extremely high-res Mudbox mesh for 3D printing?

Thanks a lot !

Last edited by AdarB : 03 March 2013 at 08:00 PM.
 
  03 March 2013
Did you try the Mudbox STL export plugin? Details on how to install here.
 
  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by Cheesestraws: Did you try the Mudbox STL export plugin? Details on how to install here.


Thanks for the reply Cheesestraws !
First time I read about it, however, it does state that it simply exports to STL without file preparation and printing softwares can't take such large files, I need to find a proper way to decimate it first.
 
  03 March 2013
Have you tried taking it to Meshlab?
 
  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by Cheesestraws: Have you tried taking it to Meshlab?

Yeah I actually tried it a few times, importing gets stuck on 50% for more than an hour and computer becomes unresponsive :/
 
  03 March 2013
Umm, wait a few weeks and upgrade to Mudbox 2014 for reduction and retopology tools?
 
  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by Cheesestraws: Umm, wait a few weeks and upgrade to Mudbox 2014 for reduction and retopology tools?

1. No, can't do that
2. It seems 2014 will have retopology tools, however, the topology I have is fine, it's just that it's very high res for very fine detail and I need a decimation tool to optimize it, not to retopologize it :\

Thanks !
 
  03 March 2013
Well they preview decimation tools here (around 01:06) so...
 
  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by Cheesestraws: Well they preview decimation tools here (around 01:06) so...

Hey that's very interesting, how can you tell it'll be in 2k14?
 
  03 March 2013
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