So my marketing department has been bugging me about being able to use my 3D models in 3D studio max, we tried just a straight transfer as and iam file and we got an error message: “The inventor file could not be opened for import. Try opening the file in Inventor to see what is wrong. The last version of Inventor.exe that opened is what is used for the importer. Make sure you are using the correct version, or a newer one.”
Any thoughts, hints or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
What version of Inventor?
Does 3D Studio Max read dwg (I would certainly assume) or STEP?
Save As>Save Copy as
or Environments>AEC Exchange>Save as DWG Solids
I'm running 2012 fully updated with SP1.
Files that 3D Studio Max accepts include:
3D Studio Max Native file format is .MAX
Autodesk Inventor (IPT, WIRE, IAM)
3D Studio Mesh (3DS, PRJ)
Autodesk Collada (DAE)
AutoCAD Drawing (DWG, DXF)
IGES (IGE, IGS, IGES)
dwg does't help as much as it comes in 2D form and the real goal is for them to have a 3D model to be able to do fly bys and what not. Step is not included on the list of accepted formats.
I was able to get 3DS Max from the new suites to import IV 2011 and IV 2012 ipt and iam files with minor issues.
The main issue was that my IV models were too detailed and overloaded 3DS Max. Not unexpected because we model every washer, nut and bolt for our train assemblies. I think we got to 10-12 million triangles in Max. Our marketing folks wanted models no bigger than 8k.
dwg does't help as much as it comes in 2D form
Saving as DWG solid opens in AutoCAD as 3D?
IGES was in your list.
Of course it would be ideal to figure out why it isn't opening iam directly.
start with a small ipt or iam and see if that can be opened by 3ds
Sounds like a problem to me (Inventor isn't backward compatible, so Inventor2012 to 3DS 2011?????)
But IGES or dwg should work.
I would assume so. I doubt that Adesk has released a patch so that 3Ds Max 2011 can understand IV 2012. Remeber that IV 2011 can't understand IV 2012.
Try 3DS Max 2012 or the other file types. You should have a copy of 3DS Max 2012 with your IV 2012 product suite.
In my experience...
Check for broken constraints/sketches, turn of adaptivity in all parts, basically make sure your assembly is squeaky-clean in Inventor first. I don't think it matters which version of Inventor/Max you have. I've imported models between different versions in the .ipt/.iam format with no hassles. Unless it has changed in recent releases it shouldn't matter which version of Inventor/Max you have because Max will start the Inventor process to do the import regardless of what version it is.
Hope this helps
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