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3D animation software for designers

View videos of 3ds Max® Design 3D animation software features that enable architects, engineers, and designers to breathe life into their visualizations and create more convincing results. With powerful toolsets for modeling, animation, and rendering, 3ds Max Design helps you effectively communicate and sell your designs. 

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3D animation & simulation

  • New

    Dual Quaternion skinning**

    Create better skinned characters in less time.

  • New

    Populate enhancements

    Create more convincing crowds. (video: 1:40 min.)

  • Populate crowd generation

    Generate crowds in a variety of settings. (video: 1:10 min.)

  • Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

    Simulate and analyze sun, sky, and artificial light. (video: 8:14 min.)

  • General animation tools

    Animate with keyframe and procedural tools.

  • Dynamics, effects, and simulation

    Add realistic dynamic simulations to your scene. (video: 2:06 min.)

3D modeling & texturing

  • New

    Point cloud support

    Create models from point cloud data. (video: 48 sec.)

  • New

    Placement tools

    Easily position and orient content. (video: 1:08 min.)

  • New

    Quad chamfer

    Create a chamfer between quad surfaces.

  • Polygon, spline, and NURBS-based modeling

    Use spline and 2D modeling tools.

  • Painting, mapping, and materials

    Explore texture painting, mapping, and layering. (video: 2:12 min.)

  • Vector map support

    Load vector graphics as texture maps. (video: 0:49 sec.)

3D rendering

  • New

    Improved ActiveShade rendering

    Iterate faster with interactive rendering.

  • Render pass system

    Use with Smoke, After Effects, Photoshop.

  • Slate compositing editor

    Wire together layers, passes, compositing nodes.

Viewport, cameras & shaders

  • New

    Camera sequencer**

    Tell great stories with high-quality animation. 

  • New

    Accelerated viewport performance

    Interact with your scene more fluidly.

  • New

    ShaderFX visual shader editor

    Intuitively create advanced HLSL shaders. (video: 1:07 min.)

  • Perspective matching tools

    Place CG elements into photo backgrounds. (video: 1:05 min.)

  • Nitrous high-performance and quality viewport

    View light and shadow effects interactively. (video: 1:09 min.)

  • 2D pan and zoom

    Pan and zoom without affecting cameras. (video: 1:19 min.)

UI, workflow & pipeline

  • New

    Design Workspace**

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max Design. (video: 1:46 min.)

  • New

    Easier Revit and SketchUp imports**

    Import data from Revit up to 10 times more quickly. (video: 1:43 min.)

  • New

    Template system**

    New startup configurations speed scene creation. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • New

    Enhanced scene management

    New nested layers in Scene Explorers.

  • DirectConnect support

    3ds Max Design offers DirectConnect support. (video: 1:22 min.)

  • AutoCAD and Revit interoperability

    Import Revit files directly into 3ds Max Design. (video: 3:05 min.)

  • Civil View feature set

    Turn civil design geometry into precise 3D design. (video: 6:51 min.)

  • After Effects/Photoshop interoperability

    Use 3ds Max Design with Adobe After Effects. (video: 0:43 sec.)