3d models from WEB


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There are lots of good Websites out there that have only OBJ files.

( for example;    http://www.sweethome3d.com/freeModels.jsp )


Using ACCUTRAN as explaned in the attach pdf will assist you in tapping into these resources.



OBJ files with JPEG material files are converted to quality 3ds with PGN files thru the ACCUTRAN converter:



(Free for 30 days, then $20 Can - note: fully functioning program after 30 days, honor system for payment)

Just to be clear I have no association with ACCUTRAN.


 I have tested using 3ds files against Chief Architect CALIBZ files and conclude:

    1. Chief CALIBZ are approx. 50% larger than 3ds files (including associated PNG files)

    2. PNG files are about 50% larger than JPEG files but give a BETTER RESULT.

    3. 3ds files combined with PNG material files give the BEST RESULT
    4. Use of ACCUTRANS allows the conversion of OBJ files and associated JPEG files
        to the preferred 3ds (and PNG material) files and facilitates easy scale adjustment etc.

I have attached the "ACCUTRANS - OBJ files to 3ds - Checklist.pdf" which includes a screen capture
of the relevant Accutran data box with coloured numbers next to the area being discussed.

A CALIBZ file generated in Chief X6 when opened in Chief X7 produces BAD MATERIAL ASSIGNMENTS.

Where as 3ds files can by used in either version of Chief  and SKETCHUP too.

Hope this helps Chief users to use better 3d models that can be SHARE.


ACCUTRANS - OBJ files to 3ds - Checklist.pdf

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Examples of the processing of converting

OBJ files to 3ds files for import into Chief.


I have attached a sample of 2 women and 1 male. (Refer to jpeg image attached)
Picture shows raytraced models in Chief X7 (3ds files can be used on lower versions of Chief)

You will see they look good without raytracing.

Models are from Reallusion available from the link below:

At the above link will see there collection of 19 people, all free to download and use.
I have uploaded to DropBox the following to show the quality achieved in Chief.

1. female03
2. holdingfemale01
3. holdingmale01

DropBox link for downloading 3ds files is:

Happy raytracing.


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To show the quality of rendering (raytrace) that can be achieved using the

models discussed above I have attached an image producted in Thea Render

which took 6 minutes to render using "IR - Presto (AO) which is the quickest mode available.


As I do not do my raytracing in Chief I am sure some of the users would be able

to produce a high quality than I have previously shown using Chief raytrace.






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  • 1 month later...

AccuTrans - Video Tutorials on use

Tutorial links from software author


In response to my email to Wayne Hogue

I have been thinking of making video tutorials for years and have only made a few.  Following is the Dropbox links to download them.

It is okay to share the links with others.

Some video tutorials:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Copy_Flip_Polygons.wmv    (39.8 MB - 7 minutes)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Duplicate_Flip_Polygons.wmv (54.4 MB - 10 minutes)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Virtual_Digital_Probe.wmv (103.9 MB - 18 minutes)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Virtual_Probe_Meshes.zip (0.3 MB - meshes used in tutorial)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Display_Textures.wmv  (74.6 MB - 16 minutes)

Some video tutorials for 3D printing:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Extrude_Gold_Coin.wmv   (39.1 - 5 minutes)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Fix_Holes_In_Firebox.wmv  (20.2 MB - 7 minutes)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85028196/Remove_Interior_Polygons.wmv (195.4 - 34 minutes)


Wayne Hogue
MicroMouse Production

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