Blender 3D Data File
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What is a BLEND file?
A BLEND file is a 3D image or animation project created with Blender, an open-source 3D modeling program. It contains 3D mesh data, lighting information, vertex painting, animation keyframes, NURBS objects, procedural textures, UV mapping layout, and real-time interactivity data. BLEND files may store multiple scenes in a single file.
Blender is a free, multiplatform application for creating various 3D productions, including models and animations. When saving the 3D image or animation you created in Blender, the application generates a BLEND file to store its contents. After saving the BLEND file, you can close the file, then re-open it for further editing.
Unlike many other types of project files, BLEND files contain all the objects, sounds, images, effects, scenes, and other assets included in a Blender project. If you want to share a Blender project with another user, you need only provide them with that project's BLEND file, not any of the assets you imported into the project.
NOTE: BLEND files are saved in a proprietary binary format to keep them from growing to an unmanageable size.
How to open a BLEND file
You can open a BLEND file with Blender (cross-platform). To do so, select File → Open... from the program's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your BLEND file. The 3D image or animation your BLEND file contains will appear in Blender.
How to convert a BLEND file
Blender can convert BLEND files to various file types, including the following formats:
- .DAE - Digital Asset Exchange File
- .GLTF - GL Transmission Format
- .PLY - Polygon Model File
- .STL - Stereolithography File
- .FBX - Autodesk FBX Interchange File
- .OBJ - Wavefront 3D Object File
- .USD - Universal Scene Description Format
- .PDF - Portable Document Format
To convert a BLEND file with Blender, select File → Export.