If you do not have access to CINEMA 4D software, your only option would be to use some of the 3rd party conversion utilities, such as PolyTrans|CAD+DCC to convert your 3ds Max graphics to C4D format. Both of these formats are proprietary, so your options in this case for 3ds to c4d conversion are somewhat limited.
Convert 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) graphics to CINEMA 4D file format.
We have found 3 software records in our database eligible for .3ds to .c4d file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert 3ds to c4d on Windows
CINEMA 4D is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering program developed by MAXON
Convert from 3ds file format
|Yes, CINEMA 4D supports c4d file conversion as a target file type.||Yes||Yes||c4d editor||Yes||No||No||No|
The tables with software actions are a good pointer for what a certain program does with various file types and often may give users a good hint how to perform certain file conversion, for example the above-mentioned 3ds to c4d. However, it is not perfect and sometimes can show results which are not really usable because of how certain programs work with files and the possible conversion is thus actually not possible at all.
A 3D CAD translation softwate
Apple macOS / Mac OS X software - convert 3ds to c4d on OS X
3D modeling, animation and rendering program for Apple Mac OS X