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3ds Max import - AutoCAD Drawing vs. Legacy AutoCAD - the differences.

A - answer 3ds Max 2011 offers two types of import of DWG files (M > Import > Import > Formats) - the new "AutoCAD Drawing" and the old "Legacy AutoCAD". The new type is preferred in most situations. What are the differences?

Supported only in the new "AutoCAD Drawing" mode:

  • Support for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and Revit Sun and Shadows information.
  • Support for AutoCAD Architecture mapped UV textures on objects.
  • Support of multiple materials on ACIS solids in files from Revit Architecture 2008 and AutoCAD Architecture (ADT) 2007 and later.
  • Support for all ObjectARX custom objects (ignored by the Legacy importer).
  • Specialized support for AutoCAD Architecture and Revit objects, including style/component grouping and naming, style associations for material and modifier propagation, and material translation and assignment.
  • Specialized support for AEC Civil contour objects (translated into a Terrain object).
  • Support for Raster objects.
  • Support for axonometric named views (translated into cameras with the Orthogonal toggle turned on).
  • Support for attached drawing xrefs.
  • Support for DXF files.
  • Rescaling to imported drawings created with units that differ from the 3ds Max system units.
  • Ability to skip frozen layers, or to select specific layers to import (or exclude) from a list. Maintaining layer assignments from the drawing file.
  • Ability to set shape rendering parameters before importing to 3ds Max.

Supported only in the old "Legacy DWG Import" mode:

  • AutoCAD primitives translated into 3ds Max primitives.
  • Support for Text (not MText).
  • Imported blocks are represented as groups.
So it is up to you to decide which type of DWG import is required for your scenarios.
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See also:
Tip 13227:Reference Explorer - quick analysis of your project or assembly (file size, xref errors).
Tip 13221:Attractor - snap multiple objects to existing points/vertices.
Tip 13056:How to copy DWG Properties from one drawing to another?
Tip 12977:Easily find CAD/BIM document references (including missing ones) - Reference Explorer
Tip 12663:How to transfer my project from Infraworks to Revit?

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