You can import .3ds CAD graphics to Autodesk AutoCAD and and save/export it in its default .dwg format. Might not work with every version of 3DS file format.
Convert 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) graphics to AutoCAD drawing.
We found 8 software records in the database related to .3ds to .dwg file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert 3ds to dwg on Windows
Leading 2D and 3D CAD development software from Autodesk
Convert from 3ds file format
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 dwg. 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 family of 2D/3D CAD software products for Windows
A 3D CAD translation softwate
A 3D general-purpose modeling program
An application for the planning of spaces and furnishings
Apple macOS / Mac OS X software - convert 3ds to dwg on OS X
Mac version of popular Autodesk AutoCAD software
3D modeling application for Mac
A 2D/3D CAD software for OS X