I am trying to import this .3ds terrain model into Blender 2.79b:
The import from File->Import->3D Studio seems to go without error. After importing, I see that 54K vertices, 44K faces, and 44K triangles are now present (from the top bar of the Blender window).
But I see nothing in the 3d view windows. I select the object in the object hierarchy and then press . on the number pad. Nothing. I zoom in. I zoom out. I pan left. I pan right. Nothing. I've tried all the suggestions from every "object not visible" question here and elsewhere but still cannot see the object.
I notice that some of the Translate and Scale parameters may be wacky for the object, so I reset those to seemingly sensical values. I still see nothing. Maybe the values change back on their own. I have another drink.
At some point in the past I was successful in importing this object into another viewer (probably Solidworks) and then exporting from there to a file and then importing that file into Blender, and then I could see the object. So it seems probable that Solidworks recognized something was wrong with the paramaters of the model and fixed it.
Now I'd like to figure out why I can't import this file directly into Blender and see it.