Issue:

When importing Collada .DAE files into 3ds Max, their materials appear transparent.

Collada .DAE files appear transparent when imported into 3ds Max
Materials appear transparent.

Solution:

To address this issue, do the following:


Use Standard Materials

  1. Open either the Compact or Slate Material Editor.
  2. From the Material/Map Browser, load each material used in the scene and replace the material type with a Standard (legacy) Material.
  3. Re-export the file, then re-import it into 3ds Max.

Change the Opacity channel manually

In the Material Editor (either Compact or Slate), select each of the transparent object(s)’ materials and change the Opacity from 100 to 0. 

Edit the .DAE file manually

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the .DAE file, right-click on it and select Open.
  2. When prompted for the appropriate app with which to open the file, choose a text editor such as Notepad and then open the file.
  3. In Notepad, scroll down to find the Material under the tag </material>
  4. Change the Opacity value at the bottom to 1.00000

An example of this text follows:

<float sid="transparency">0.000000</float>

Change the transparency value from 0 to 1:

<float sid="transparency">1.000000</float>

See also:

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