Our free and fast tool will convert most 3D mesh or CTM (OpenCTM) model files to a standard OBJ (Wavefront) file that can then be edited further in most popular 3D editing packages such as Blender or 3D printed without any further processing. Our conversion tool can also batch convert multiple CTM files, up to 25 files at a time can be converted.
To convert your CTM file click the Upload button above and select the file to convert. Once selected, the file will be converted to a OBJ file and will ready for download shortly afterwards. For more information about the CTM to OBJ conversion process see the conversion information section below for more information.
Here are 2 simple steps to convert your CTM to OBJ.
First click the "Upload..." button, select your CTM file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the CTM to OBJ conversion has completed, you can download your OBJ file straight away.
We aim to process all CTM to OBJ conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.
We aim to create the most accurate conversions with our tools. Our tools are under constant development with new features and improvements being added every week.
Yes, of course! We do not store the CTM file you submit to us. The resulting OBJ file, once created is deleted 15 minutes after upload and the download link will expire after this time.
Yes! Our CTM to OBJ tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.
Yes. Although you can use an Ad Blocker, if you like our CTM conversion tool please consider white-listing our site. When an Ad Blocker is enabled there are some conversion limits on some of our tools and processing/conversion times will be longer.
Yes! If your CTM file contains textured geometry, the texture image files along with the texture coordinates (UV data) will be exported with the final OBJ file.
Yes! Our CTM tool supports full batch conversions. You can upload up to 25 CTM files at a time. Our tool will convert them all as quickly as possible. Once completed, you can either download the OBJ files individually or download them all in a single ZIP file.
Converting from the CTM file format to OBJ can be a complex process and any tool used for this conversion process needs to be able to handle a variety of data conversion tasks as well as identify any defects within the 3D model and fix them. Here we will explain the conversion process used by our tool to accurately convert your CTM file to a valid OBJ 3D model. Lets start with the conversion process, which involves the following steps:
In its simplest form, an CTM file is a binary data file containing 3D data such as vertices, faces, normals and more. When combined, these make up the 3D model you see on your screen.
With the CTM file data read, our tool generates an internal representation of the full 3D model and will attempt to fix any geometry issues encountered. Along with repairing any issues with the 3D model, the tool will remove any duplicated vertices and prepare the model ready for exporting to the OBJ format.
The OBJ format has been around for many years and has become a standard format for 3D modelling. Most 3D modelling software can open OBJ files which means our tool now needs to take the in-memory 3D model we have created in step 2 and convert this to the OBJ format.
The CTM file format is a 3D triangle mesh format which contains 3D geometry such as vertices, faces and face normals. The format was devised and released in 2010 with the intention of creating 3D models that could be compressed and easily distributed.
The compression methods employed by the CTM format can be lossy and loss-less. The Lossy compression will attempt to simplify the mesh vertices to reduce space needed to store them whilst the loss-less method employs the LZMA compression library. The format has its own dedicated CTM viewer application though the format is not well supported by other 3D modelling applications.
If your CTM file contains vertex colors these will be imported and mapped where possible.
The OBJ file format originally created by Wavefront Technologies and later adopted by many other 3D software vendors is a simple text-based file format for describing 3D model/geometry. This data can include Vertices, Faces, Normals, Texture Coordinates and references to external Texture files.
As the format is text-based it is relatively straight-forward to parse by 3D modelling applications. A downside of the text-based format is the files can be rather large compared to similar binary formats such as STL and compressed files such as 3MF.
Our tool will save any material and texture files separately, these additional files will be included with your final OBJ file at the time of download.