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Help: Importing obj with submeshes doesn't work anymore

Hi there,

I know this is a common question, but it did actually use to work for me and suddenly it doesn't anymore. If anyone could quickly help me out with this, I'd be more than grateful. I want to submit my work for a competition and the deadline is soon. :/

In version 4.12.5, with which I started my project, I was able to important one obj mesh with several submeshes. I didn't merge the single meshes in Maya and made sure they all had the same pivot point and aligned in the center. Then I selected all of them and exported them as one file. This worked for 4.12 and I was able to place a tree in my project and assign different textures (material slots) to the submeshes, without having to worry that I accidentally misclick and place the branches far away from the tree trunk.

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Besides I need this feature, because parts of the tree are animated, but obviously I don't want the entire tree (including trunk) to wobble around.

Now I transferred my project to 4.15. In other projects I noticed that this feature didn't work anymore, whenever I imported objs as I described above it would create several static meshes in my content browser. However, when transferring this project to a later version of unreal, the submeshes remained. I backuped my files, replaced them with new meshes, because I had some changes to make to the mesh, and then reimported the assets (I made sure the files are named the exact same). When I do this, unreal will give me one single mesh without any submeshes and ignores all the other material slots. I tried reimporting my backuped files that did work with the submeshes, and everything went back to normal. I'm confused. Maybe it's not even a problem with the version? But what am I missing? Any ideas?

Product Version: UE 4.15
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asked Dec 01 '17 at 12:35 AM in Using UE4

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Nevermind. I just found the problem myself. You have to be very careful with naming your meshes in Maya.^^

I named my meshes like that: pine2_base, pine2_branches, pine2_leaves, etc. But when adding more submeshes I typed in the name under shapes, which does not rename the mesh.

I hope this helps other people, who want to use that handy feature. I'm just super glad this still works with the new Unreal versions. :D

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answered Dec 01 '17 at 12:49 AM

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