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Convert Your 3D Mesh/Model 3DS Files to PLY

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Our free and fast tool will convert most 3D mesh or 3DS (3D Studio Mesh) model files to a standard PLY (Stanford Triangle Format) file that can then be edited further in most popular 3D editing packages such as Blender or 3D printed without any further processing.

To convert your 3DS file click the Upload button above and select the file to convert. Once selected, the file will be converted to a PLY file and will ready for download shortly afterwards. For more information about the 3DS to PLY conversion process see the conversion information section below for more information.

How to Convert your 3DS to PLY Online?

Here are 2 simple steps to convert your 3DS to PLY.

Upload a 3DS

Upload a 3DS

Click the "Upload a 3DS File" button and select a 3DS to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your PLY

Download your PLY

Click the download link once completed to receive your PLY file.

FAQ

What format is my PLY file saved as?

The PLY file generated by our tool will be in the binary little endian format.

How can I convert my 3DS file to PLY?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your 3DS file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the 3DS to PLY conversion has completed, you can download your PLY file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my 3DS to PLY?

We aim to process all 3DS to PLY conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.

How accurate is the 3DS to PLY conversion?

We aim to create the most accurate conversions with our tools. Our tools are under constant development with new features being added every week.

Is it safe to convert my 3DS to PLY on ImageToStl.com?

Yes, of course! We do not store the 3DS file you submit to us. The resulting PLY file, once created is deleted 1 hour after upload and the download link will expire after this time.

Can I convert 3DS to PLY on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our 3DS to PLY tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.

File format information for 3DS to PLY

Extension: 3DS

Full Name: 3D Studio Mesh

Type: 3D Model

Mime Type: N/A

Format: Binary

Description

The 3DS format has been a standard 3D format for many years. It has been the native file format for Autodesk's 3D Studio from the days of Microsoft's MS DOS. The age of the format began to show its limitations many years ago and was replaced by Autodesk when 3D Studio Max was launched.

There are however still many 3D model files circulating in the 3DS format and these can be easily converted using our 3DS conversion tools. Some of the limitations of the 3DS file format include: texture names limited to DOS 8.3 filenames, maximum number of vertices allowed in the 3D mesh is capped at 65536 and no support for directional lighting.

3DS Notes

Currently our tool does not support importing materials or color information from your 3DS file.

Supported Features

  • Mesh geometry

Unsupported Features

  • Materials
  • Textures

Extension: PLY

Full Name: Stanford Triangle Format

Type: 3D Model

Mime Type: application/octet-stream

Format: Text & Binary

Description

The PLY format is a 3D model format originally developed and released in 1994 with its primary use being to store three-dimensional data from 3D digital scanners. The format known as the Polygon File Format and also the Stanford Triangle Format can be either a binary or text based format.

The file format stores 3D geometric information such as vertices, faces, vertex normals, color and other custom data. The format is still in use with many PLY models available to download and PLY files can be loaded into most popular 3D applications such as Blender.

PLY Notes

PLY files support per vertex color information. If your uploaded model contains color information our tool will attempt to save this in the PLY file at the end of the conversion process.

Supported Features

  • Mesh geometry
  • Vertex colors
  • Binary and Text versions supported when converting from PLY
  • Binary only version when converting to PLY