It should be possible to convert 3D model data saved in 3DXML format (Dassault Systems) to a 3D Studio Max format. But you probably will be better off with some newer format than .3ds, which was used in the DOS version of 3D Studio and lacks certain advanced functions and you may have compatiblitiy issues.
Convert Dassault Systems Universal 3D XML document to 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) graphics.
We found one software available in the database for this conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert 3dxml to 3ds on Windows
A convertion plugin for 3ds Max
Convert from 3dxml file format
The table with program actions contains information about what each program is capable of doing with their files. This may be a good pointer for further searches for certain file conversions and help you find the converter you are looking for if our search result is insufficient for you. However, it is far from perfect and may sometimes show results which are not really usable because of the nature of the software handles the files. So a conversion that appears as possible, just because of matched actions, may in fact not be possible.