Exporting Objects from Autodesk Maya

Exporting Objects from Autodesk Maya

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Autodesk Maya is a powerful 3D computer animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software that allows users to create expansive worlds, complex characters, and dazzling effects.

​In this article, we will show you how you can export your 3D objects from Maya into a compatible file format for upload into the Object Viewer app for viewing on the Merge Cube.

Follow these instructions to find out how to export your 3D object from Maya:

Step 1 - Open the Object you wish to Export

  1. Launch Maya, then go to “File” > “Open Scene” to open the scene with your object.
  2. Select the object you want to export by clicking on the object

Step 2 - Go to File > Export Selection and choose a compatible file type

  1. With your object selected, tap “File”, then “Export Selection”
  2. Select the folder where you want to save your 3D object
  3. Give your object a Name
  4. Select “FBX export” as the file type

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Step 3 - Select the right export options before exporting

Make sure the following are checked under “Geometry”:

  • Smoothing Groups
  • Smooth Mesh

Make sure the following are checked under “Animation”:

  • Animation

Make sure the following are checked under “Bake Animation”:

  • Bake Animation
  • Resample All

Make sure the following are checked under “Embed Media”:

  • Embed Media

Under “FBX File Format”:

  • Set Type to “Binary”

Then, tap “Export Selection” to export your object

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Step 3 - Upload your Object using Object Uploader

Now you can sign-in to your Merge Account on the Dashboard and upload your 3D Object using the Object Uploader.

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Check out this article to learn how to upload your own 3D Objects with Object Uploader.

Step 4 - Confirm your Material Settings

For objects with texture or materials, be sure to open the Object Editor by tapping on “Edit 3D Settings”, then you can adjust your materials to your liking then click  “Save” and “Finish”.

Be sure to do this, even if the default settings are correct!

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Check out this article to learn more about how to use the Object Editor.

Step 5 - View and Share with Object Viewer

Finally, you can use the Merge app, Object Viewer, to view your own 3D Object in the palm of your hand, or share your object with your class.

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Check out this article to learn how to view your own 3D Object in Object Viewer.

Check out this article to learn how to Share your own 3D Objects with others.

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Now that you know how to export 3D objects from Maya, and how to upload those objects to view and share using the Object Viewer app, you may want to learn more about how you can create your own Collection of 3D Objects in Object Viewer. 

Check out this article on creating custom Object Collections to learn more!

Happy creating!

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