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Convert Your 3D Mesh/Model IFC Files to DAE

Our free and fast tool will convert most 3D mesh or IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) model files to a standard DAE (COLLADA - Collaborative Design Activity) 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 IFC files; up to 25 files at a time can be converted.

To convert your IFC file, click the Upload button above and select the file to convert. Once selected, the file will be converted to a DAE file and will be ready for download shortly afterwards. For more information about the IFC to DAE conversion process, see the conversion information section below.

How to Convert your IFC to DAE Online?

Here are two simple steps to convert your IFC to DAE.

Upload a IFC

Click the "Upload a IFC File" button and select a IFC to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your DAE

Click the download link once completed to receive your DAE file.

File Format Information for IFC to DAE

Full NameIndustry Foundation Classes
Type3D Model
Mime Typeapplication/octet-stream
ToolsIFC Converters, 3D Model Voxelizer, Create IFC Animation, IFC Viewer


The IFC format (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open format used to describe construction and building-related data in a standardized way. The first version was released in 1996, has continued to evolve over the years, and continues to be updated to this day.

IFC files are text-based and contain data primarily aimed at the building industry. An example of the data contained is 3D model/object geometry data. IFC files can be opened in most CAD programs and some 3D modeling programs.

Full NameCOLLADA - Collaborative Design Activity
Type3D Model
Mime Typetext/xml
ToolsDAE Converters, 3D Model Voxelizer, Create DAE Animation, DAE Asset Extractor, Text to DAE, DAE Viewer
Open WithBlender, MeshLab


The DAE format (also known as COLLADA) is a 3D file format used to describe 3D models, meshes, and 3D worlds using a simple text-based structure. The format was introduced in 2004 by Sony Computer Entertainment and is currently managed by the Khronos Group.

DAE files are a text/XML-based file format containing 3D geometric information used to describe 3D objects and meshes such as vertices, faces, animations, materials, camera/lighting elements, and other related metadata. The format has widespread usage and support, with applications such as Blender and MeshLab being able to read and write to it.

DAE Notes

Our tool will save any texture files separately; these additional files will be included with your final DAE file at the time of download.

Supported Features

  • Mesh geometry
  • Material colors
  • Textures (PNG, JPG formats)

Comparing IFC and DAE Features


IFC Features

  • Mesh Geometry (Vertices and Faces)
  • Vertex Normals
  • Face Normals
  • Vertex Colors
  • Face Materials (Excluding textures)
  • Textures
  • Point Cloud
  • Multiple Objects Per File
  • Object Transforms (Translation, Rotation, and Scale)
  • Bones/Joints
  • Animations
  • Suitable for 3D Printing

DAE Features

  • Mesh Geometry (Vertices and Faces)
  • Vertex Normals
  • Face Normals
  • Vertex Colors
  • Face Materials (Excluding textures)
  • Textures
  • Point Cloud
  • Multiple Objects Per File
  • Object Transforms (Translation, Rotation, and Scale)
  • Bones/Joints
  • Animations
  • Suitable for 3D Printing

How does it work?

Converting from the IFC file format to DAE 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 IFC file to a valid DAE 3D model. Let's start with the conversion process, which involves the following steps:

Step 1: Read the Source IFC File

In its simplest form, an IFC 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.

For more information regarding the IFC file format, please see this great article that goes into a lot of detail explaining the IFC format.

Step 2: Process File Data

With the IFC 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 for exporting to the DAE format.

Step 3: Saving to the DAE Format

With the conversion process entering its final stages, our tool now needs to take the in-memory 3D model we have created in step 2 and convert it to the DAE format.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my IFC file to DAE?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your IFC file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the IFC to DAE conversion has completed, you can download your DAE file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my IFC to DAE?

We aim to process all IFC to DAE conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.

How accurate is the IFC to DAE conversion?

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.

Is it safe to convert my IFC to DAE on ImageToStl.com?

Yes, of course! We do not store the IFC file you submit to us. The resulting DAE file, once created is deleted 15 minutes after upload and the download link will expire after this time.

Can I convert my IFC to DAE on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our IFC to DAE tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.

What if I am using an Ad Blocker, will that affect things?

Yes. Although you can use an Ad Blocker, if you like our IFC 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.

Can I get support with converting my IFC to DAE?

Yes. When you have converted your IFC to DAE, there is a "Feedback" option that you can use to let us know of any issues you encountered when converting your file.

Will the DAE file retain the textures from my IFC file?

Yes! If your IFC file contains textured geometry, the texture image files along with the texture coordinates (UV data) will be exported with the final DAE file.

I have several IFC files; can I batch convert my IFC to DAE?

Yes! Our IFC tool supports full batch conversions. You can upload up to 25 and IFC files at a time. Our tool will convert them all as quickly as possible. Once completed, you can either download the DAE files individually or download them all in a single ZIP file.

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