Mesh Import

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Mesh Import.svg Mesh Import

Menu location
Meshes → Import mesh...
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Std Import, Std Open, Import Export


The Mesh Import command imports geometry from a mesh file format into the active document. Several file formats are supported. The command creates a non-parametric mesh object, a Mesh Feature.


  1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Press the Mesh Import.svg Mesh Import button.
    • Select the Meshes → Mesh Import.svg Import mesh... option from the menu.
    • Select the Mesh Import.svg Import mesh... option from the Tree view context menu or 3D view context menu. This option is only available if an existing mesh object has been selected. Note that the selected object is actually not used or modified by the command.
  2. Optionally select the correct file format in the dialog box.
  3. Select a file.
  4. Press the Open button.

Supported file formats

The command supports: stl, ast, bms, obj, off, iv, ply, nas and bdf files. For the NASTRAN (nas/bdf) file format, only GRID, CTRIA3 and CQUAD4 cards are supported.


  • The last used file location is stored: Tools → Edit parameters... → BaseApp → Preferences → General → FileOpenSavePath.


See: Mesh Feature.


See also: FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

To import a mesh file use the insert method of the Mesh module.

import Mesh