Most CAD/3D programs with 3D printing support should be able to import Stereolithography CAD files (.stl) and process the data so they can be saved in one of the common 3D formats. For some proprietary formats, such as .3ds from 3ds Max, it may be a little more tricky, but still doable.
Convert Stereolithography CAD file to 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) graphics.
We have found 14 software records in our database eligible for .stl to .3ds file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert stl to 3ds on Windows
A widely-used 3D animation application from Autodesk
Convert from stl 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 stl to 3ds. 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 CAD 3D geometry translation software
A 3D model converter
A 3D CAD translation softwate
3D viewer and converter with huge file type support
A converter for 3D formats
A command line converter for 3D format
A family of 2D/3D CAD software products for Windows
Apple macOS / Mac OS X software - convert stl to 3ds on OS X
A 2D/3D CAD software for OS X
Multiplatform software - convert stl to 3ds on any platform
An open source system for 3D triangular meshes
On-line services software - convert stl to 3ds on web
A web-based freemium 3D computer graphics software
A commercial online CAD converter
A free online 3D model conversion service
An online CAD conversion service