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Marc Lorenz

Populate:Terrain assists in creating and optimizing terrain surfaces from contour lines or from existing meshes. The quad based output allows for easier later remodeling, for example using push/pull painting. The regular face size reduces rendering issues (GI, displacement) and you can use Turbosmooth on it.

Populate:Terrain is a scripted plugin for Autodesk 3ds max. It assists in creating and optimizing terrain surfaces for architectural visualization applications. Populate:Terrain fixes imported meshed CAD models or directly converts contour lines. The result is a clean quad based poly surface with user definable grid size.

1: Spline Shape 2: Converted to mesh with 3ds max 3: Converted with Populate:Terrain

1: Contour lines 2: Converted using the 3ds max Terrain Compound 3: Converted with Populate:Terrain

New feature in 1.8, trimming with a spline shape:


Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2010 or higher.


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jla's picture

the download link is

the download link is literally two posts below your's.

but i will re-post it here anyway https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fveb2k65ajal0um/AACorZACSZ6Alh057hUbN-7Fa?dl=0

clarasallo's picture

the script doesn't work

Hello, I can't download the script. Someone can help me? Thank you. You culd send it to my email: [email protected]

thewool's picture


Hi, could you also post "Populate:Panels" to drop box?



jla's picture

Dropbox link to Populate_Terrain 1.86


This link will stay up as long as dropbox allows and as long as people dont abuse it :D

it is for the 1.86 version i found in an old downloads folder while cleaning up, take it for what its worth, i don't know if it works with current versions of max, last i used it was in max 2016.

download and install at your own risk, i cannot be blamed if this breaks your max install :)

eviyo's picture

Link doesn't work

Can anyone send me the script? email: [email protected]

strakda's picture


How do i instal this after downloading? Do i just drag and drop it in to the 3ds max file? thx a lot for help

iceice's picture


if you get the script, can you send it to me pls

[email protected]

Sushillan's picture

Link doesn't work

It says "The requested URL /index.php was not found on this server." Can someone mail me the script to [email protected] Thanks in advance

ttus's picture


ya , work fine.
if u Copy tract ENU folder
reinstall 1.86

Spacelord's picture

Error with 3dsmax 2018

No "get" function for undefined

Does it work with 2018 ?

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