Mesh/Creating a mesh
You create mesh models using a third-party 3D modeling tool. If you're a seasoned content creator, you may already be familiar with tools such as 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, or other popular professional tools; Google's SketchUp also provides a low barrier to entry for aspiring 3D modelers. Any 3D modeling software will work, as long as it can output models in COLLADA (.dae) format. Note: Second Life uses COLLADA 1.4.
A list of software that has COLLADA support can be found at COLLADA.org Products Directory A very extensive list of 3d software can be found at 3Dlinks.com under the software section. Which of either the COLLADA or 3Dlinks items will work with Second Life is not known, but at least it is a starting point to look.
To learn more about some of the available 3D modeling tools, visit the 3D software guide created for use with sculpted prims. Most of the tools that work for sculpted prims should work with mesh, as long as they can export models in COLLADA format.
Collada(DAE) Supported Programs for Mesh
Notes on mesh support for specific versions of various applications - please update if you have additional information:
|3ds Max||Yes||Yes||Import/Export via FBX Plug-in||2009 and up|
|AC3D||No||Yes||Import/Export||V6.7 and up|
|Bentley's MicroStation||No||Yes||Import/Export||V8i and up|
|Blender||Yes||Yes||Import/Export||2.49 and up|
|Cinema 4D||Yes||Yes||Import/Export||R11 and up|
|DAZ 3D||Yes||Yes||Import/Export||2.0 and up|
|Fragmotion||Yes||Yes||Import (Only Mesh)/Export via Collada exporter||1.1.7 and up|
|Lightwave||Yes||Yes||Import/Export||9.5 and up|
|Maya||Yes||Yes||Import/Export via FBX Plug-in||2009 and up|
|Modo||No||Yes||Import/Export||modo 401, 501. 601. Collada plugin on sourceforge. 601 has Collada import/export.|
|PhotoShop||No||?||Direct open||Creative Suite 4 (11) and up|
|SketchUp||No||?||Import/Export||5.0 & 7.0 and up (6.0 was not supported)|
|Wings3D||No||Yes||Import/Export||1.2 and up|
|MeshMixer(FREE)||No||Yes||Import obj/Export obj,dae||5.0 and up|
|ROKURO(FREE)||No||C-SP||Export Tutorial Video||3.0.9 and up|
|ROKURO Pro||No||C-SP||Export Tutorial Video||3.0.59 and up|
|TATARA||No||C-SP||Export Tutorial Video||6.0.200 and up|
|NOMI||No||C-SP||Export Tutorial Video||4.0.47 and up|
|KUMIKI||No||C-SP||Export Tutorial Video||1.0.31 and up|
- C-SP: compatible with sculpted prim
- Autodesk ceased further development on MeshMixer in September 2021, but it's still available as a free download; Windows version only.
- For the best results, first try outputting individual models before trying whole 3D scenes.
- If you already have a library of 3D models and need a way to convert them to COLLADA format, try Autodesk's FBX Converter (our preferred converter) or MeshLab.
- Check out the troubleshooting guide for more tips.
- Check out the Kettle-Quest tutorials for a comparison of Mesh vs. Sculpted Prims
- SL Mesh Clothing/Avatar Scale Issue in Non-Mesh Viewers
|Note: If you use FBX converter, you may need to convert your models to an intermediate format, then to DAE, depending on the original format.|