I’m in need of a ‘dead tree’ model but all the suitable ones I find for my project are either in the wrong format or cost $$$, most of the former are in 3ds format and as far as I know UE4 needs FBX to import the content. Can I convert a 3ds model into FBX in any way?
You can download the free FBX converter created by Autodesk to do just that, it accepts DAE, OBJ, 3DS, or DXF files.
Here is the download link:
Hope that helps!
you could also import the .3ds file into a modelling app and then export to fbx.
Yeah, you can download Blender for free, import 3DS and then export as FBX