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How to convert Houdini to 3MF?


PolyTrans|CAD+DCC performs mathematically precise CAD, DCC/Animation, GIS and BIM 3D file conversions into all key downstream 3D packages and file formats. Okino software is used and trusted throughout the world by many tens of thousands of 3D professionals in mission & production critical environments, backed by respectable personal support directly from our core development team.

     

Houdini

Houdini is a 3D animation software application developed by Toronto-based SideFX, who adapted it from the PRISMS software tools. Houdini is most commonly used for the creation of visual effects in film and television.

Being both from Toronto, Okino has known the original 3 developers of the PRISMS/Houdini software since 1991 and have kept a close relationship with some of them. Given the very niche markets into which Houdini has been sold since the mid 1990s, we do not get many requests for the conversion of data in or out of Houdini compared to our primary 3dsMax/Maya/Cinema-4D daily requests. Nevertheless, we developed our FBX and COLLADA converter modules to be compliant with the Houdini software.

     

3MF

3MF, 3D Manufacturing Format, is a modern replacement for the legacy STL (StereoLithography) file format with an explicit focus on the proper transmission of CAD and non-CAD model data for 3D printing as well as to downstream services and platforms. From Okino's long term perspective, the VRML2 file format was and is "just as good" for such requirements but never had the correct understanding nor traction since its introduction in 1995.

Features of 3MF over the legacy STL format includes: geometry instancing support, layered texture maps, multiple layers of UV texture coordinates, vertex colors and extended material types.

History, features, overviews, implementation partners and more can be read on the 3MF Consortiumís web site.

Note: Microsoft Windows uses the 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf) for all 3D printing tasks.

Please also refer to the 3MF export converter for more information related to 3MF.