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Mesh models created in OsiriX should be saved in .obj format

Importing .obj models:

  • In Maya, go to file<import
  • Make sure the file type is set to .obj
  • select the file and click ok
  • repeat for each model
  • hover mouse over models and press number key 5 for "smooth shade"
  • press 4 to toggle back to mesh view, and then 5 again

Problems with importing models from OsiriX

Models created in OsiriX have two problems when imported into Maya: they are 10x too large (see how small and far away the reference grid is in the image below?) and they have irregular polygon normals, so the surface reflects light incorrectly in Maya smooth shade mode.  

To scale models down to 0.1x size:

  1. Shift-select all bones and markers in the scene
  2. Press button in farthest right top corner of the Maya window to open Channel Box/Layer Editor (if it is not already open)
  3. Set all of the 1s to the right of Scale X, Y, Z, to the value 0.1 (see image above). The grid is now large relative to the model (image below).
  4. Shift-select the three scale name attributes (the words Scale X, Scale Y, Scale Z), then right click and Select Freeze/Scale (image below). This will set the scale back to 1 without changing the size of the models. This effectively sets the scale for your models to cm.

To correct the normals:
  1. Select the Polygons menu set from the far left top  of Maya window
  2. Select one of your bones (best to do them one at a time)
  3. Select Normals/Set to Face from the top menu bar (image below)
  4. Wait. It can take a while, depending on how dense the polygons are on your model. It is a good idea to reduce the number of polygons coming out of OsiriX with the decimate function. When finished, your model will look smooth (image below)
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