Batch Export/Import

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Jos Balcaen

This is a free script, for non commercial use.

This is the perfect script to transfer your models from 3ds Max to ZBrush/Unity/UDK/...
Basically it batch exports objects to multiple files.
Supported formats : max, obj, fbx, 3ds, ase, dwf, dwg, dxf, dae, nif.

General features

  • Very easy to use script
  • All options are saved.This means all checkboxes, text fields will remember your change.

Import features

  • Create file layers. Create a layer for every file and add the file contents to it.
  • Rename to file name. Rename all objects to the filename_1
  • Attach in file. Attach all objects from the same file together
  • Group in file. Group all objects from the same file

Export features

  • Reset geometry. Apply the boxmethod to every object (reset transformation etc.). Optionally move the pivot to the origin.
  • Delete turbosmooth. Delete the TurboSmooth modifier before exporting.
  • Move to [0,0,0]. Move objects to the origin before exporting
  • Rotate the objects before exporting (to fix rotation problems)
  • Scale the objects before exporting (to fix scale issues)
  • Name change. Add prefix and/or postfix to the name of the objects before exporting.
  • Combine collision mesh. Mesh with the same name and the given prefix/postifx will be exported together (ex. UCX_).
  • Combine LOD's. Meshes with the given prefix/postfix will be exported to the same file. For example _LOD* (* means numbering) for unity.
  • Group support. Objects in a group are automatically exported to the same file. If the Collapse groups option is enabled, the group will be collapsed to one mesh.
  • FBX export options. Use the FBX Preset option under the advanced section.

So no need for an export scene. You can check the options and everything will be perfectly exported.
After exporting the scene will be restored.

This script has been updated several times by user requests.
If you have any remarks, requests or feedback, feel free to contact me.


Additional Info: 

How to install

The new version now has a installer. Just run the .mzp file to install the script.

Version Requirement: 
josbalcaen_batch_exporter_importer.mzp79.79 KB


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jos's picture


Yes my website is down and the hosting company doesn't respond to anything. In the meantime you can contact me on josmaxscript at gmail .com

Teriander's picture

How to Contact You?

Jos, your website appears to be down and the email in the script is no longer valid because of this. How can I contact you?

dub73's picture


is it possible to import max files ? does not work in max 2019

dub73's picture


is it possible to import max files ? does not work in max 2019

Artemcg's picture

useful innovations

Your script is gorgeous, I would have added the date of the version.

Smallpoly's picture


Perfect! Just got a large set of FBX files from a client and this brought them all in at once. :D

Eurisko40k's picture

Feature Request

Hi, I really love this script, I use it a lot! Thanks!

I am working with 3dsMax and Unity, when I have to export something to Unity, I need to manually rotate Pivot Point 90º in X to get the same result in Unity. Could you please add this option in the exporter config. I can actually rotate the model before the export, but I just need to rotate the pivot point of the object.


Glaedr's picture

Runtime Error

great work, thank you very much!

Unfortunately, I have the problem that I get the export error message: "Runtime Error: Attempt to accsess deleted object" displayed. Can somebody help me here?

Thank You!

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toku2288's picture

Thanks Jos, Much

Thanks Jos, Much appreciated!Keep up the good work

jos's picture

Turning off the option

Turning off the option "Collapse Groups" in the export options should do this. Cheers, Jos

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