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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 modern living space featuring a green couch, a marble coffee table, and a stone floor with a charcoal area rug

        Open shading language support

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

      • 3ds Max Chamfer render of oval coffee table, an hourglass-shaped side table, and an armchair with plush pillow-like seat and back

        Chamfer modifier

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

      • Automated retopology and mesh repair

        Automatically optimize the geometry of high-resolution models to create a clean, quad-based mesh geometry.

      • Material, texture, and color editor

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

      • Smart Extrude

        Interactively extrude faces of 3D objects. Rebuild and stitch together adjacent faces automatically.

      • 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 empty indoor space where a door suddenly opens to let out an avalanche of many-colored balls

        3ds Max Fluids

        Create realistic liquid behaviors such as water, oil, lava as well as replicate gravity and collision effects. (video: 30 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

        Brilliant Viewport

        Reduce design interactions with render quality viewport previews, displaying PBR materials and camera effects directly.

      • Enhanced
        Minimalist bedroom with marble floor, a sofa bed, large-screen TV, and a window wall facing a pink-flowered bush

        Arnold for 3ds Max

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

      • Enhanced
        Mechanical part modeled in 3ds Max Activeshade viewport

        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.

      • Software security

        Use Safe Scene Loading to protect your work from potentially malicious scripts that could be part of scene files.

      Design visualization

      • Embellishments

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

      • Import capabilities

        Import data from anywhere, using CAD and BIM data directly or to 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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