3dsmax units setup

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by Jchalfant, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Jchalfant
    Jchalfant New Member
    Howdy,

    I just recently noticed that it seems to be a pretty big deal if you keep your units setup as 1unit = 1inch... this will cause a lot of errors when uploading to shapeways.

    The correct scale settings inside 3dsmax should be 1unit = 1mm. This is under Customize > units setp > system units in 3ds. Real important 1unit = 1mm... or there's a big chance your model will fail the automated checks.

    I say "recently noticed" because I have already printed two models at 1unit = 1inch... both uploaded and printed fine... but now if I export and upload at that setting the obj or stl will fail nine times out of ten. I was pulling my hair out for a week or so trying to figure out the problem, seems obvious now.

    Note to shapewyas: It might be wise to mention 3dsmax unit setup settings in the shapeways tutorials for 3ds users.... I didn't anything about that when looking ( http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/3d_modeling_in_3d_studio_ max_for_shapeways)?

    best
    -John