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Blender model import STL and Dae problem with link names

asked 2017-10-25 09:04:41 -0500

Baumboon gravatar image

Hello guys,

today i imported some blender models all got no link name. With no link name i can´t do anything with them.

Can u tell me why they got no link name?

Please help me

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answered 2017-10-25 10:06:02 -0500

chapulina gravatar image

A Collada or STL file by itself won't give you Gazebo links, you must put each "node" of your mesh into a separate <link> in your model's SDF description.

I recommend you first get familiar with links, joints, collisions and visuals in Gazebo. This tutorial should give you a good idea.

After you've understood those concepts, let's go through an example of creating separate links for each node on a COLLADA mesh.

Let's take the zephyr_delta_wing model as an example.

  1. Open the collada file and look for <node> elements (they should be inside <visual_scene>. This is what they look like for the Zephyr wing:

    <node name="EnvironmentAmbientLight">
    <node id="node-Wing_Bone" name="Wing_Bone">
      <node id="node-Wing" name="Wing">
      <node id="node-Flap_Left_Bone" name="Flap_Left_Bone">
        <node id="node-Flap_Left" name="Flap_Left">
      <node id="node-Flap_Right_Bone" name="Flap_Right_Bone">
        <node id="node-Flap_Right" name="Flap_Right">
      <node id="node-Prop_Bone" name="Prop_Bone">
        <node id="node-Prop" name="Propeller">
  2. On our SDF file, where we reference the COLLADA file, if we don't choose a submesh, all the nodes will be used together. But if we want only one node, we can refer to its name. For example, for the propeller link we have the following:

    <link name="propeller">
      <visual name="visual">
  3. Note how each link of that model has a different submesh and how they can be moved independently in simulation:

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So if i understand u right i can use whole mesh and after i import it as dae i can use the submesh to make me a proper model with correct links and joints ? I just need to set the correct reference to the nodes?

Baumboon gravatar imageBaumboon ( 2017-10-26 04:24:25 -0500 )edit

Correct. And make sure the parts you want to separate are different nodes before you export to collada.

chapulina gravatar imagechapulina ( 2017-10-26 12:44:58 -0500 )edit

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