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Working with 3D Models

You can load multiple 3D models into a project. Models, objects, and meshes are all 3D geometry that is defined in a computer file.

A model is a 3D object created as the end product of the modelling process. Different methods are used in 3D modelling, including polygonal, NURBS, Sub-D, and metaball techniques.

An object is a generic term describing any item that you can insert into a scene. Models, lights, particle emitters, and cameras are objects.

A mesh is the surface geometry of a 3D model comprising a series of triangle-based representations.

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