The AutoCAD command 3DSOUT was used to export a 3DS file and was removed from AutoCAD 2007. This was due to a number of factors including it no longer being officially supported (FBX is better), the old code and new development work for UNICODE, the fact that 3ds Max can read DWG, etc. This command allowed allow you to export 3D geometry in an AutoCAD 2007 or later DWG file to a 3D Studio 3DS file which is an ASCII based file format used by many applications.
To load the 3DSOUT command (Optional) If the AutoCAD program for which you installed 3DSOUT is not already running, on the Start menu (Windows), click All Programs (or Programs), and then select the program. At the command prompt, enter appload. Visit AutoCAD forum. Find Service Providers. Connect, consult with, and hire trusted industry experts on the Autodesk Services Marketplace. Browse providers for AutoCAD. 3DSOUT command description: Saves.3DS files in the 3D Studio format You can run the 3DSOUT command in any localized version of AutoCAD by typing 3DSOUT in the commandline. The options to export to the 3DS format from AutoCAD is not available. Previous AutoCAD versions (prior to 2007) had an option to export 3D geometry to the 3DS file format. In current versions only 3DSIN command is available to import the file format.
The .3DS file is somewhat similar to an ASCII based DXF (Drawing eXchange Format) file which is the exchange format except the there was a SDK for use and with a DXF the file format and structure was documented for everyone for export and import from AutoCAD and other products. If you do need 3DS file export in your AutoCAD based product please read below and we sincerely apologize for the delay.
Well after some customer feedback Autodesk has released a 3DSOUT Command Utility to update a number of products, see below.
- AutoCAD® 2008
- AutoCAD® 2007
- AutoCAD® Architecture 2008
- Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007
- AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2008
- Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2007
- AutoCAD® Electrical 2008
- AutoCAD® Electrical 2007
- AutoCAD® Land Desktop 2008
- Autodesk® Land Desktop 2007
- AutoCAD® Map 3D 2008
- Autodesk Map® 3D 2007
- AutoCAD® Mechanical 2008
- AutoCAD® Mechanical 2007
- AutoCAD® MEP 2008
- Autodesk® Building Systems 2007
- AutoCAD® P&ID 2008
- AutoCAD Raster Design 2008
- Autodesk® Raster Design 2007
3dsout32bit_enu.exe (exe – 207Kb)
3dsout64bit_enu.exe (exe – 251Kb)
Readme (html – 12Kb)
Refer to the Readme for installation instructions, reference and procedural information, and known limitations.
AutoCAD is one of the most used engineering programs across the world, and it’s likely that you have come in contact with the program sometime in your career. For all the AutoCAD users out there, from new to expert, interestingengineering.com has collected the top 50 AutoCAD shortcuts, tricks, and commands from across the web in the following list!
Allows you to move objects in a drawing from layout to model space by choosing a viewport to push the text or objects into. This works in both directions.
BURST allows you to explode a block/object without losing any of its attributes.
Copies linework or objects from a nested object into your current drawing. Especially useful for bringing XREF linework into current drawings.
OOPS does exactly what you think it does, it fixes your mistake (as long as it’s a delete) no matter how far back it was. Instead of using CTRL-Z, OOPS undoes your last erase command without affecting any work you have done since then.
Setting this value to 1 allows dialog boxes to open in AutoCAD, setting it to 0 means everything is done in the command line.
Allows you to set which application to load in conjunction with opening AutoCAD.
Work with Images
Instead of scaling and rotating images each time, simply insert the image into a blank drawing and set its position, scale, and rotation. After your image is how you want it, save the drawing. This lets you insert that image as a drawing, instead of the image, and all settings are kept the same. Especially useful for images like company logos, etc.
R / REDRAW
Refreshes the drawing in the viewport.
Creates a dimension that starts from a baseline of earlier dimensions that is linear, angular or coordinate.
Displays point coordinates throughout your worksheet.
You can adjust your default scale factor by setting the Auxiliary scale factor to Plot Scale or Dimscale.
Deletes any duplicate or overlapping items. Perfect for the AutoCAD perfectionists out there.
Quick dimension creation after object selection.
Recovers a damaged file.
Default NO PLOT Layer
Creates a layer called DEFPOINTS. Anything on this layer will show up in model and paper space, but won’t plot. Perfect for adding notes.
Orients text to a specified angle or most readable angle. Also works on Block Attributes.
Quickly creates a surface between two predefined curves.
Importing Block Definitions
After the INSERT command and selecting the file, press the ESC key at your first prompt. Definitions will be kept in your drawing to reference later.
For all those engineers out there that can’t spell, use this to spell check all your text. (Uses your computer language settings)
Trims a block’s visible area using a boundary line. Use the command first, then set or draw the boundary.
A quicker “undo” than CTRL Z.
Stop REGEN After PAN
For drawings not created by you, AutoCAD can sometimes autoregen after you pan around. To keep this from happening, use the VIEWRES command and type YES to fast zooms, then set your zoom percent to 200.
Imports and exports materials to a library.
Allows you to set boundaries on top of lines and objects that “wipe out” everything behind it. Like a reverse hatch. It’s a good idea to put all your wipeouts on one layer so you can turn them on and off as you wish.
One Key Shortcut
Want to know all of the one key AutoCAD shortcuts? Autodesk put together this quick guide that assembles them all into one sheet. You can check it out here on the Autodesk website, or below.
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Change Your MText to Lower Case or Upper Case
Instead of retyping MText if you forgot to capitalize it, right click and select CHANGE CASE. Or use CTRL + SHIFT + U or CTRL + SHIFT + L, for upper case and lower case respectively.
Aligns dimensions to objects that are staggered where DIMALIGNED falls short.
Creates a 3D box and defines height, depth, and width.
Chooses a layer color for future objects/lines/blocks.
Creates a dimension aligned with an axis or a line.
Let’s you modify the lighting effects on 3D models.
Edits multiple parallel lines at once.
Allows you to set up your paper in paperspace. Useful for changing your designed plot paper size. This is one of my most used AutoCAD tricks.
Creates freehand drawing lines.
Displays all of the statistics of your current DWG file like creation date, last update, and edit times.
Exports a file compatible with 3D Studio [.3ds].
Similar to print preview in other programs, allows you to see how your paperspace drawing will plot went sent to a plotter.
Creates a 3D mesh vertex by vertex.
SAVEALL & CLOSEALL
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The best 2 commands an engineer can hit at the end of his or her workday.
Toggles you to the old style menu bar.
Ctrl + R
Changes viewports in paperspace.
Does not signal Batman. Changes the order and properties of block definitions.
Adjust the smoothness of curves on a solid.
Attaches leader line to MTEXT.
Quickly changes XREF settings back to normal by setting the value at 0. Will fix “faded” XREFs in your drawing.
Let’s you “crop” an image in your DWG.
If you miss the old style of XREFs, this is for you.
Sets properties of selected or all objects to BY LAYER.
Let’s you filter your selection to certain objects by object type or other criteria.
BO / BOUNDARY
If you want to split an object in half, simply draw a line through it and use the BOUNDARY command in each half to create correctly sized polylines and erase the original objects.
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