Stuart Christensen returns with a look at using the downloadable and free FBX converter from Autodesk as a tool for converting 3DS models for use in maya.

It is important to know that the FBX converter can actually convert many types of files, and one particularly of note as the bane of Maya users is that the FBX converter can convert DXF files for use with Maya.

Maya plays very nice with .FBX files and the free FBX Converter from Autodesk is a great tool for convert existing .3DS max files for use in Maya. The conversion process is simple yet there are quite a few things to be aware of as you convert and import .FBX files into Maya, and this tutorial by Stuart Christensen will show you the common problems you may encounter when using the converter and what to expect when you import .FBX files into Maya. So, download a bevy of free .3DS models from the internet and have some fun!