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3DS Import for SolidWorks - 3D Studio 3DS file import add-in for SolidWorks

3DS Import for SolidWorks is a 3D Studio® (.3ds) file import add-in for SolidWorks®. This add-in gives SolidWorks the ability to import geometric data from 3DS files.

3DS Import for SolidWorks reads polygon mesh data stored in 3DS files and imports it into SolidWorks. A polygon mesh in a 3DS file is comprised of a set of triangular faces. 3DS Import for SolidWorks creates trimmed planar surfaces for each triangle and knits them together to create a body. If the polygon mesh is closed (i.e. it does not contain boundary edges) then 3DS Import for SolidWorks will create a closed body feature, otherwise an open surface will be created.

3DS Import for SolidWorks is very easy to use as it adds new commands to SolidWorks. It also adds a submenu to the SolidWorks menu called "3DSImport".

3D Studio 3DS file import add-in for SolidWorks
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3DS Import for SolidWorksis designed to work with the following versions of SolidWorks:

  • SolidWorks 2013 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • SolidWorks 2012 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • SolidWorks 2011 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • SolidWorks 2010 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • SolidWorks 2009 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • SolidWorks 2008 (32 & 64 Bit)

System Requirements

Below is the hardware, software and operating system requirements for SolidWorks add-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.

  • SolidWorks (32 Bit and 64 Bit): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

  • Operating System (32 Bit and 64 Bit): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7

  • RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)

Download & Purchase

Please download a fully functional trial of 3DS Import for SolidWorks by clicking on the "Download Now" button below.To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you on the purchase of '7 day license' so that you may try the software before you purchase a permanent key. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. We are confident that during the trial period (7 days with unlimited runs) you will find 3DS Import for SolidWorks extremely useful. Later when you decide to buy the software please return to this page and click the "Buy with/without Subscription" button to place your order. Upon verifying the order you will recieve an e-mail with instructions on how to obtain your permanent key. We will create and send you your Key by e-mail within one business day. To avoid disruption in your workflow we urge you to place your order before the trial period ends.

  Download Now 3.15 MB
  Buy 7 Day License $29.99
t Buy With Subscription (Recommended) $345
  Buy Without Subscription $295

IMPORTANT! Purchasing a Subscription is highly recommended since it the most cost effective way of keeping your software up to date. Moreover, Subscription entitles you to get a second free perpetual license for your laptop, among many other benefits. For details please read the SYCODE License and Subscription Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.

Note: Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement. The price mentioned above is for a single user license. For your bulk-licensing needs please contact us.

Installation & Usage

Since 3DS Import for SolidWorks is an add-in for SolidWorks, it must be loaded into the SolidWorks environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the 3DS Import for SolidWorks ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the add-in file into SolidWorks, Simply click on the menu items in the "3DSImport" submenu to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!

The '3DSImport' submenu consists of the following commands:

  • Import - Import a 3DS file

  • Help - Display the 3DS Import for SolidWorks help file

  • Register - Register your copy of 3DS Import for SolidWorks

  • About - Display the 3DS Import for SolidWorks About box


Add-in for SolidWorks
The 3DSImport submenu

3DS Import for SolidWorks comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a  tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time.

The 3DS File Format

The 3DS file format is the native file format of 3D Studio. 3D Studio has now been replaced by 3ds Max whose native file format has a .max file extension. However, 3ds Max is still able to read and write .3ds files. 3ds Max is one of the most widely-used off the shelf 3D animation programs. It has strong modeling capabilities, a flexible plug-in architecture and a long heritage on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is mostly used by video game developers, TV commercial studios and architectural visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization.


If you want 3DS Import for SolidWorks to work in a different way to suit your workflow, do let us know. We will customize the add-in to suit your needs.

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