I am not quite aware of 3D file formats which I can export from Mathematica; I have the following problem.

I have a very large 3D list plot (with axes labs, plot legends etc..) from my experiment. Since the file is very large, Mathematica often gets stuck, so I am thinking of converting this 3D model to another format so that I can save as separate 3D file such as .X3D or .VRML (not quite sure about these format).

The exported 3D model should retain the following features after conversion:

  1. It should retain the axes label, ticks and all the details
  2. It must be easy to get the data points from those curves
  3. It should be 3D rotatable

So could anyone tell me in which format I should convert and how I may do that?

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    $\begingroup$ From what I can tell so far, none of the formats on this page include the axes or bounding box with the graphic. Try Import[Export["test." <> #, Plot3D[Sin[x], {x, -10, 10}, {y, -10, 10}]]] & /@ {"dxf", "obj", "3ds", "stl", "lwo", "ply"} to verify this. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of How to export 3D graphics to Collada (.dae) format? $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:37
  • $\begingroup$ I see that four people have voted that this is a duplicate but I wonder if it really is, since that question deals with a specific format rather than being open to any that may work? $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Feb 17, 2016 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yes Mr Wizard, you are absolutely right, this is not a duplicate of the Collada fromat some one already asked for, what I need is a particular format in which 3D view, plot legend, axes label and all the details of mathematica format $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Feb 18, 2016 at 1:21
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    $\begingroup$ @TM90 - I have two ways to make that same plot that are relatively quick (I was too impatient to let your code run so I don't know how long it would have taken). Try this method: pastebin.com/raw/i6UQQNRN or this method: pastebin.com/raw/547Ps87G $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:36


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