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Opening a .3DS file in ArchiCAD

grenderer
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Is it possible to open a .3ds file with ArchiCAD 10?
If so, how?

thanks,

T
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Karl Ottenstein
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Asked at least once every week. Did you try the 'search' link above?

Karl
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Chazz
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To summarize those posts as well as my own experience.....

Using the .3ds import plugin goodie makes it possible to bring these objects into AC but the results are not pretty. Hi Poly counts, large GSM files sizes and yucky faceting when viewed in hidden line mode. For most applications I have just had to create the thing I wanted to import from scratch using AC native tools and elements. AC is pretty much an island when it comes to exchanging 3d data with the outside CAD world.

Good luck.
Chazz

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Dwight
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A partial solution to this facet/file size problem is to bring the .3ds file through Cinema 4D.
Dwight Atkinson

tsturm
Newcomer
Hey Dwight.

How does bringing the 3ds file through Cinema help out? Could you elaborate for us?

Thanks
Terrence Sturm, Architect
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Dwight
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My experience was with winged nymphs made in Poseur [that's the version with the foppish Hollywood wardrobe.]. They took an eternity to open as 3Ds in Archicad.

But when i opened the 3Ds in Cinema [virtually instantly] recomposed the group of them and saved them, the group opened quickly in Archicad.

It was like a magical streamlining. In Canada's Newfoundland they catch food by "jigging the cod." I imagine this to be "jigging the code."
Dwight Atkinson

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