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AutoCAD Plant 3D to 3ds Max Design 2014 Workflow – 1080P HD Video Tutorial Series

I have released my video tutorial series for creating an animation in 3ds Max Design using AutoCAD Plant 3D Models. Although these tutorials were specifically written for using a specific data set, the concepts are applicable to any 3ds Max Design model.

Export Plant 3D Model to Neutral DWG

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design 2014. In this episode, we will export our AutoCAD Plant 3D models to a dwg format that is importable by 3ds Max Design.





File Linking

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. This video talks about the 3ds Max Design File Link Manager.





3ds Max Design 2014 Importing Function OOTB

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. This video talks about the 3ds Max Design out of the box import function.





Polyform DWG Batch Importer for 3ds Max Design

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. This video walks you though installing and using my custom Polyform Importer script. The purpose of the script is to enable you to perform batch imports on your project files. Download the Polyform Importer. Install instructions are easy and explained at the beginning of the video.





Batch Importer Cleanup

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. In this video we look at what happens when you import a dwg model NOT created in Plant 3D and how the importer pretty much saves your life. Mostly, ish.





Creating a Daylight System in 3ds Max Design 2014

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. Time to shed some light on this model. In this video we quickly create a great looking outdoor lighting/environment solution.





Adjusting the Viewport Display Quality

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. In this video we adjust our viewport display options so that we can see changes made to our new lighting setup in real time.


edit: displays now, thanks Adam!



Creating Materials with the Slate Material Editor

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. Now that we have our basic lighting setup, we are going to create some materials to make our project really shine! Pun intended.





Materials Application Workflow

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. Now that we have created an Arch & Design material, it’s time to repeat the process for each type of object that needs a material. I speed up the workflow 5x but talk about each step along the way.





Basic Camera Animation in 3ds Max Design 2014

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. Now that we have our materials created, it’s time to start prepping for animation. Our first step will be to create a camera and animate its motion smoothly along a pre-defined path.





Create Fast Preview Animation in 3ds Max Design 2014

Part of my visualization for oil and gas tutorial series on importing AutoCAD Plant 3D dwg’s to 3ds Max Design. Our camera is animated and we are ready to render, right? WRONG!! Rendering without creating a preview first is very risky. Although the 3ds Max Design Nitrous viewport is awesome, it cannot handle 2000 objects and a total scene size of 3M polygons @ 30 fps from the timeline. For that purpose, we will need to create a viewport animation sequence at a fraction of the final render time. This will ensure the final shot is timed properly and meets our expectations.





OK, that wraps up this lesson! Of course this is just the start. As I explained in the video, many of the steps involved here have deeper “sub-steps”. My next video will look at rendering your final image or sequence. Hope you learned a lot or were able to at least re-familiarize yourself with the workflow. If you have questions, comments, critiques, or criticisms, feel free to leave them here, in the forum, or on any of the video comments on youtube.

Cheers!

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About the Author: Hi! I am currently an Autodesk Solutions Engineer working to deliver real time solutions to our Enterprise customers. I have been involved with industrial design software for nearly 15 years and am a 3DS Max Professional who is passionate about design visualization. .

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  1. Andy Gotsch says:

    I tried using the batch importer but it won’t drag the script over from the zip to 3ds max 2014. I also tried unlinking objects but that does not seem to be working also. I know have foundations that match my pipe rack any ideas?

  2. dave says:

    Andy, any chance you could send over a sample file to davetyner at g mail dot com? I will take a look.

  3. Andy Gotsch says:

    Awesome video tutorial can’t wait for the last vid.

  4. Martijn says:

    Love this tutorial! Everything you explain just works perfectly! Just one thing though: when I render my sky isn’t blue and I believe it’s affecting the colors of my model. Especially after materials have been added. What can I do?

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