I have a 3D bulding designed in ACA an d I want to link it in 3ds max. What is the workflow for that?
What file shoud I create to link the whole building to 3ds max, given the fact that the object is composed of more other files (constructs....etc). What file or view should I link?
Sorry if it looks like a dumb question but this is it...
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The best workflow is:
1. create a "view" including all the "constructs" needed for the rendering.
2. Then, open 3dsmax and link the "view file" without forgetting to select the option to "include xrefs". And you are done. This will import all the materials you have created or used in ACA. Using this workflow you also have the possibility to import a "live section" (that you can create in ACA in the "view file") in case you want to have a rendering in 3d of a section of your building.
a. The view should be a "General view" not a "section/elevation view" or a "Detail view". This is because the "General view" ATTACHES the constructs' Xrefs and the other two OVERLAY the constructs' Xrefs.
b. If you use the ACA for creating exterior renderings, you might want to reconsider your "Construct" file structure. For instance it might be interesting to break each level in several "constructs" (one for the exterior shell, one for walls, one for the furniture or any interior design…) This will give you the possibility to create several "view files" to be used in different renderings including only the necessary constructs for the specific rendering. Ex1. For an exterior rendering, you will create a "view" including only the exterior shell "constructs" and the walls "constructs" for each floor, avoiding including the furniture and keeping that way the 3ds file lighter and easier to manipulate. Ex2. In order to create an interior rendering you will need to create a "view" including only the "constructs" of the floor concerned (shell, walls, furniture) and the structure "construct" (to include the floor slabs).
c. It is preferable to replace ACA materials by 3ds materials. This will speed up the renderings and will have a better result. So do not forget at every refresh of the file link to keep the scene materials.
hope it helps
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