How to convert 3ds to obj

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How to convert 3ds to obj
3DS and OBJ are two of the most popular three-dimensional model file types. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Three-dimensional modelling applications use many different file types, including 3DS and OBJ. 3DS files are native to Autodesk 3DS Max, and OBJ files are native to Autodesk Alias, formerly merged with Wavefront. However, almost all modelling applications can open and save as other file types. In fact, because of the popularity of 3DS Max and Alias, most three-dimensional applications can convert and export 3DS and OBJ file types. Converting 3DS to OBJ is a very simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Three-dimensional modelling application
  • Computer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your three-dimensional modelling application. Popular modelling applications include 3DS Max, Rhinoceros 3D and Blender. 3DS Max and Rhinoceros 3D are commercial applications that you must purchase; Blender is a free, open-source modelling application.

  2. 2

    Open the 3DS file you would like to convert. Most applications can open a 3DS file using "Open" under the "File" menu; however, you may need to import the file using "Import" under the "File" menu.

  3. 3

    Convert the 3DS file by selecting "Save As" under the "File" menu, naming the file and changing the file type to OBJ. Some applications require you export the file to the OBJ file format by selecting "Export" under the "File" menu.

  4. 4

    Check your converted OBJ file. You should have the OBJ file with the ".obj" suffix and an OBJ material file with the ".mtl" suffix. Some programs do not require the material file for simple geometries, but the material file provides information on colours and textures for the OBJ model.

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