Free Online 3DS to STL Converter

Please note: Your 3DS file, once uploaded to our server will be deleted 1 hour after upload so please download your converted 3DS file before this time.

How to Convert your 3DS to STL Online?

Here are 2 simple steps to convert your 3DS to STL using our fast and free 3DS converter tool.

Upload your 3DS file

Upload your 3DS file

Click the "Upload a 3DS File" button, then select a 3DS to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your STL

Download your STL

Click the download link to receive your STL file.

File format information for 3DS and STL

Extension3DS
Full Name3D Studio Mesh
Type3D Model
Mime TypeN/A
FormatBinary
Opens WithMeshLab

The 3DS format has been a standard 3D format for many years. It has been the native file format for Autodesk's 3D Studio from the days of Microsoft's MS DOS. The age of the format began to show its limitations many years ago and was replaced by Autodesk when 3D Studio Max was launched.

There are however still many 3D model files circulating in the 3DS format and these can be easily converted using our 3DS conversion tools. Some of the limitations of the 3DS file format include: texture names limited to DOS 8.3 filenames, maximum number of vertices allowed in the 3D mesh is capped at 65536 and no support for directional lighting.

3DS Converter Capabilities

Our 3DS 3D Model/Mesh tool does not support any color material data contained within 3DS files so the converted file will not contain any color information.

ExtensionSTL
Full NameStandard Triangle Language
Type3D Model
Mime Typeapplication/vnd.ms-pki.stl
FormatText
Opens WithBlender, MeshLab, CAD Assistant, DAZ Studio

The STL file format has its roots in the 1980's and is the native file format for 3D Systems stereolithography CAD software. The format defines a triangulated mesh with vertices and faces and is a popular format for sharing 3D printable model files.

There were several formats that attempted to extend the STL format namely SolidView and VisCAM whose formats included limited 15-bit color information for each mesh face which is often ignored by most modern 3D software. The STL format can be either Text or Binary, our tools will support both formats.

STL Converter Capabilities

Our 3D conversion tool does not support color/material information in STL files so your file will not contain any color information.

Information for converting from 3DS to STL

Your 3DS file will be converted to a STL file using our unified 3D model and mesh conversion tool. Our 3DS 3D tool performs accurate conversions of 3D elements such as vertices, faces, normals and relevant material information. Our tool will not attempt to transfer any color information if present in your 3DS file, your final 3D model will contain geometry data only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my 3DS file to STL?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your 3DS file to upload. Your 3DS file will be uploaded to our servers. When the 3DS to STL conversion has completed, you can download your STL file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my 3DS to STL?

We aim to process all 3DS to STL conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds however this can be longer for certain files, so please be patient.

How accurate is the 3DS to STL conversion?

We aim to provide the best conversion experience. Our tools are under constant review and development with new features being added every week.