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      3ds Max modeling, rendering, and animation software

      Produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with 3ds Max® software. An efficient and flexible toolset to help you create better 3D content in less time.

      Modeling and texturing

      • Coiled rope with carabiners in front of other bunches of rope

        Spline workflows

        Create and animate geometry in several intuitive ways with enhanced spline tools.

      • Detailed rendering of outdoor patio, surrounding greenery, wood floor, a stone bench with textured cushions, and a table with wine bottle and glass

        Open shading language support

        Create or use pre-existing procedural OSL maps with any supported renderer.

      • 3ds Max rendering of a mechanical engine with detailed edges

        Chamfer modifier

        Create best-in-class procedural edge modeling details with simple and precise tools.

      • Blended Box Map

        Morph visible seams by simplifying the process of blending projected texture maps.

      • Material, texture, and color editor

        Apply material finishes, change textures, and use vibrant colors to make your designs photorealistic.

      • Data Channel modifier

        Automate complex modeling operations, which dynamically update as you make changes.

      • Mesh and surface modeling

        Create parametric and organic objects with polygon, subdivision surface, and spline-based modeling features.

      • New | Baking to texture

        Streamlined, intuitive, and fully scriptable texture baking experience.

      • New | Weighted normals modifier

        Built-in weighted normal calculator that can be directly applied to 3D models allowing you to create precise designs.

      Animation and effects

      • Video: silent animation of a British ship and an American ship firing cannons as they pass each other on stormy seas

        3ds Max Fluids

        Create realistic liquid behaviors such as water, oil, lava as well as replicate gravity and collisions effects. (video: 13 sec.)

      • Female action figure holding a large bow-like weapon in her right hand

        Character animation and rigging tools

        Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT, biped, and crowd animation tools.

      • Cartoonish female with blue hair carrying a spear

        General animation tools

        Use keyframe and procedural animation tools and also view and edit animation trajectories directly in the viewport.

      • Motion Paths

        Preview and adjust animation paths directly in the viewport.

      • Particle Flow effects

        Create sophisticated particle effects such as water, fire, spray, and snow.

      • New plugins

        Access hundreds of industry leading 3rd-party plugins from our extensive community.


      • 3D of a NASA spacecraft rendered in 3ds Max

        Improved viewport quality

        As part of our OSL integration, you can display procedural maps created with OSL at 1:1 quality using Nitrous viewport.

      • Enhanced
        White-tiled bathroom with bathtub below large window where bright sunny light is streaming in

        Arnold for 3ds Max

        Use Arnold GPU Renderer to view scene changes in real time, including lighting, materials, and camera.

      • Enhanced
        3D rendering of a tractor in the top right of the screen along with 2D views of the top, front and side of the tractor

        Activeshade viewport

        An interactive rendering experience that allows you to see your scene in a near-final rendering quality as you’re working.

      • Physical Camera

        Simulate real-life camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, exposure, and more.

      • 3ds Max Batch

        Leverage the power of 3ds Max for automation by using 3ds Max as a true command-line tool.

      • Scene Converter

        Seamlessly and consistently change materials, lights, cameras, renderers from one to another.

      Workflow and pipeline

      • Enhanced | Improved pipeline tools integration

        Smooth, high-quality experience with added flexibility of tear-off viewports.

      • Alembic support

        Alembic Version 1.7 now supports instances, allowing files to be drastically smaller while maintaining their original complexity.

      • Modern UI and workspaces

        Create your own custom workspaces with a more modern, responsive, high-DPI-ready user interface.

      • CivilView workflow

        Automatically populate parametrically generated details such as animated vehicles to scale with your environment.

      • Autodesk Viewer workflow

        Share models and review feedback online with the Autodesk Viewer directly from the 3ds Max interface.

      • Updated project tools

        Create new projects with greater folder structure flexibility, smarter project switching, and store custom data.

      Design visualization

      • Embellishments

        Bring to life fine-tuned touches such as materials, lighting, and textures for photorealistic imagery.

      • Import capabilities

        Import your CAD and BIM files and use it to create a general structure and enhance the details of your 3D design.

      • Physically based lighting

        Simulate artificial lighting sources to accurately portray how light and shadows will interact with your designs.

      • Interactive rendering

        See and make changes in your scene in near-final rendering quality in the render frame window while you work.

      • High-quality imagery

        Advanced tools give you the built-in rendering power to create the highest quality photo-real visualizations.

      • Transform technical to visual

        Rich and powerful toolsets allow you to model premium architectural designs with artistic control.

      Games and entertainment

      • Powerful scene modeling

        Easily model a place, person, or element with fast spline and poly modeling workflows.

      • Stunning characters

        Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT and biped tools.

      • Physically based rendering

        Quickly iterate and see near-final quality renders of your game assets right in the viewport.

      • Dynamic visual content

        Add shading and lighting to game assets with powerful texture baking tools.

      • Customizable pipeline integration

        Get tighter pipeline integration with support for Python 3.

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