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SYCODE - 3DS Import for Inventor :

3D Studio 3DS file import add-in for Inventor

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

3DS Import for Inventor reads polygon mesh data stored in 3DS files and imports it into Inventor. A polygon mesh in a 3DS file is comprised of a set of triangular faces. 3DS Import for Inventor 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 Inventor will create a closed body feature, otherwise an open surface will be created.

3DS Import for Inventor is very easy to use. 3DS Import for Inventor adds new commands to Inventor. It also adds a ribbon bar to the Inventor user interface called "Add-Ins" containing these new commands.

3DS Import for Inventor is designed to work with the following versions of Inventor:

  • Inventor 2011 (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Inventor 2010 (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Inventor 2009 (32 Bit only)
  • Inventor 2008 (32 Bit only)
  • Inventor 11 (32 Bit only)
  • Inventor 10 (32 Bit only)
  • Inventor 9 (32 Bit only)

System Requirements

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

  • Inventor (32 Bit only): 9, 10, 11, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Operating System (32 Bit only): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)

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Download & Purchase

Please download a fully functional trial of this product by clicking "Download". 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 instantly and completely free of cost so that you may try the software before you purchase a license. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. If during the trial period (10 days or runs, whichever is earlier) you find this product useful, you may return to this page and click the "Buy Now" button to place your order. In the order process you will be asked to enter your Host ID that appears in the "SYCODE License Server" dialog box (which appears when you run any of the product commands). SYCODE will create and send you your key by email within 2 business days. To avoid disruption in your workflow, place your order before the trial period ends.

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Subscription is highly recommended since it will keep your software up to date and grants 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).


  • Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement.
  • The price mentioned above is for a single user license. Volume discounts available. Please contact sales for more information.
  • Customization of product available from vendor. Please fill out vendor form to get more information.
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Installation & Usage

Since 3DS Import for Inventor is an add-in for Inventor, it must be loaded into the Inventor environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the 3DS Import for Inventor ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the add-in file into Inventor, simply click on the ribbon bar in Inventor called "Add-Ins" to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!

The 'Add-Ins' ribbon bar consists of the following commands:

  • Import - Imports a 3DS file.
  • Help - Displays the 3DS Import for Inventor help file.
  • Register - Registers your copy of 3DS Import for Inventor.
  • About - Displays the 3DS Import for Inventor About box.

The 3DS Import for Inventor ribbon bar

3DS Import for Inventor comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also an online version of the help file which you can view by clicking the link below.

Online Help

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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.

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Sycode Software Licensing Terms
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.

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