3ds max to 3D pdf

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May 23, 2011 May 23, 2011

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Hi,

Please help me with the steps to convert a 3ds max file to a 3D pdf.

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May 23, 2011 May 23, 2011

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It depends on the version of Acrobat you're using. You'll certainly need an installed copy of 3DS Max, as nothing else can read .MAX files.

If you have Acrobat 8.3D or 9 Pro Extended, export from Max to one of the generic interchange formats (.3DS, .OBJ, .IGES, etc.) and import it directly into Acrobat, as they both have translation engines for 3D models.

If you have Acrobat X Pro, you'll either need to purchase the Tetra4D extension (allowing you to directly-import interchange format meshes) or use a combination of tools to convert your MAX file into U3D (poly meshes) or PRC (b-rep curves), which can both be imported natively by Acrobat X without needing any plugins.

There are no free Max plugins for either format and pretty much the only software which can create PRC files is the Tetra4D engine, but you can export the model as an edtiable poly via a translation utility such as Deep Exploration or PolyTrans and save to U3D, or export from Max as a 3DS file, open it in Daz|Studio and save to U3D from there. Although tools like Deep Exploration are very expensive, they can write 3D PDFs directly and will handle almost any 3D file format on the market. If you already have Acrobat X Pro, the Tetra4D extension is a cheaper option but still pricey. Routing a 3DS file through Daz|Studio to make a U3D mesh is time-consuming but completely free.

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May 24, 2011 May 24, 2011

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If someone has really, really too much time on his hands, he can take opensource Intel U3D exporter for 3dsmax 7 (2004) and update it to work with current 3ds Max.

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Jun 10, 2014 Jun 10, 2014

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I found a post What Revit Wants: Create 3D PDF files from Autodesk Revit for free which has the keys to the car for this for free.

  1. Download Bentley view (free)
  2. Export to .3DS
  3. Open in Bentley view
  4. Print to 3D.pdf

Not sure if textures/UV's come through though, they are supported...

Good times...

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