Send files to Maya, 3ds Max, and Softimage


You can export your work from Mudbox and quickly import it into Maya, 3ds Max or Softimage using File > Send to [Autodesk product]. Send to exports from Mudbox using the Autodesk® FBX® file format. See also Export using FBX.

The Send to options are designed support a common, iterative, round-tripping workflow that lets a production start with a scene in a content creation application (Maya, 3ds Max, or Softimage), export the content to Mudbox for added paint or sculpting detail, then merge back to the original scene.

In this workflow, you can continually refine content in Mudbox as needed. In particular, you can incorporate topology changes midstream in the sculpting or painting process, updating the active object in Mudbox when topology is modified in the content creation application (for example, to provide greater resolution in one specific area, or to support better deformation by the rig). See also Import topology changes.

  • [Autodesk product] refers to Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage, unless otherwise specified.
  • You can find similar options for exporting to Mudbox in Maya, 3ds Max, and Softimage. For more information, refer to the Maya, 3ds Max or Softimage Help. The Send to Mudbox option is not compatible with versions of Mudbox earlier than Mudbox 2011.
  • FBX files exported from Maya 2011 are not compatible with Mudbox versions earlier than Mudbox 2011 unless an earlier FBX version is specified in the FBX export options.
  • You must have an equivalent version of the other Autodesk product for the Send to options to be available in the File menu (for example Maya 2013 with Mudbox 2013.)

To export to Maya, 3ds Max, or Softimage

  1. Select File > Send To [Autodesk product], then select the export sub-option you want:
    • Send Selected as New Scene

      Sends only selected objects to the other application. (If nothing is selected, Mudbox sends the entire scene.)

    • Update Current Scene

      Adds or updates paint or sculpt layers to an object in the other application.

    • Update Textures in Current Scene

      Updates only the textures of an object in the other application.

    • Add Selected to Current Scene

      Adds a selected object to an existing scene in the other application.

    NoteYou can also select the Preferences option to open a Send Preferences window, which lets you set how you want any existing paint and sculpt layers handled in the export operation.

    Depending on which option you select, Mudbox launches your other Autodesk product and imports the file. If your other product is already running, a prompt asks whether to save your scene before importing the Mudbox file. If your other product does not launch, see Troubleshoot file import and export.

    Note (Linux) A known limitation exists for Send To Maya on Linux systems. If you have ever run Maya as a root user, the Send To Maya option starts Maya, but will not load the exported mesh. This occurs because the temporary directory used by the process is set with root user privileges. To work around this limitation, execute the command rm /tmp/commandportDefault to remove the existing temporary directory, then send the file to Maya again.

Related topics

File menu

Export using FBX

Troubleshoot file import and export

FBX preferences