3ds Max, 3D Object Export
This guide will walk through how to use 3ds Max to export a 3D model to the FBX format so that it can be imported into Lens Studio. For the purposes of this guide, we're using 3ds Max 2017. That said, any 3D tool that can export to FBX should be able to export models that can be imported into Lens Studio.
Export for Lens Studio
In 3ds Max, select the object or objects you want to export in the
Scene Explorer panel.
Then, click on the 3ds Max icon in the top left corner and then select
Export -> Export Selected.
Select a path where you want to save your FBX file and then in the
Save as type drop down menu, select
Autodesk(*.FBX). Then, click the
Save button. This will open the
FBX Export window.
FBX Export window, click the small triangle to the left of
Geometry to show the geometry options. 3D models imported into Lens Studio must be triangulated. You can triangulate your model automatically by checking
Triangulate. Then check the
Tangents and Binormals checkbox.
Split per-vertex Normals will be used to transfer hard edge information to Lens Studio. If your 3D model has hard edges please make sure to check the
Split per-vertex Normals checkbox.
Next, if you want to export animation with your model, expand
Animation and verify that the
Animation checkbox is checked. Then, expand the
Deformations and make sure the
Morphs checkboxes are checked.
Embed Media and verify that the
Embed Media checkbox is checked.
It is recommended to un-check both the
You're now ready to export. In the
FBX Export window select the
You now have an exported FBX file that is ready to be imported into Lens Studio.
For more information on importing 3D models into Lens Studio, please follow the 3D Object Import guide.
Lens Studio's target animation frame rate is 30 frames per second. To ensure that the timing of your imported animation plays back correctly in Lens Studio, you should set the frame rate of your 3ds Max scene to 30 frames per second.
To set the frame rate in 3ds Max click on the
Time Configuration button at the bottom right of the screen. This will open the
Time Configuration window.
Time Configuration window, change the
Frame Rate to
Custom and set the
30. Then, click the
This will set your scene frame rate to 30 frames per second.
You now have an exported FBX file that's ready to be imported into Lens Studio. For information on importing 3D models into Lens Studio, review the 3D Object Import guide.
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