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thats specific to 3ds max they you have to export the file to another format autocad can read
i think 3ds max can export to .dwg but don't know how well that will translate
Depending on what you are trying to translate, there may not be an answer since 3DSMAX can create infinitely more complex objects than can be displayed in AutoCAD. Similar to trying to view an electrical schematic from AutoCAD in 3DSMAX - viewing something in a product not designed with that intent doesn't always work.
Consider the various solid formats like STL, IGES, as well as plain ol' DXF format. 3D DWF might be an option as well.
You should also indicate why you want this geometry in AutoCAD.
Other than for visual reference it would probably not be of much use.
I just want to be able to print whatever the .max file is showing. Purely for reference. We don't own 3D Studio and I didn't want to admit that to our client yet! They were providing fixture files for our use in planning a space. We do not intend to manipulate or use them in any way. I was hoping there would be a simple download program similar to DesignView we could use.
Remember that you can download a 30 day trial version -- that ought to be adequate for handling some basic conversion without letting your client know that you don't actually have the software
You could try a trial version of Navisworks Simulate... much easier to use.
Yes, I did that but it will take some time to learn how to use it. Sigh, I was hoping for a simple shortcut to just look at the files.
Shouldn't take much time to figure out how to save as dwg, dxf, sat or some usable format.
I've never used it, but I suspect their forum should be able to tell you how to save in a different format.
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