3DS is one of the file formats used by the Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and rendering software. It once was native for the old Autodesk 3D Studio DOS and eventually has grown to become a de facto industry standard for transferring models between 3D programs, or for storing models for 3D resource catalogs.
3DS is aimed at providing an import/export format, retaining only essential geometry, texture and lighting data.
File created by Solid Edge, a CAD program popular among product designers; contains design, which may include one or more parts; used to store design data for simulating manufacturing processes.
Solid Edge file extensions are .asm, .par, .psm.
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