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3D modeling and rendering tools

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


3D animation

  • New

    Animation productivity (enhanced)

    Get a more responsive animation process.

  • New

    Text tool (enhanced)

    Add data-driven information to your scenes.

  • New

    Geodesic Voxel and Heatmap skinning

    Create better skin weighting more quickly.

  • New

    Max Creation Graph animation controllers

    Create procedural animations with 3 new controllers.

  • Camera Sequencer

    Tell great stories with high-quality animation.

  • Dual Quaternion skinning

    Create better skinned characters in less time.

  • Populate crowd animation

    Generate believable human motion. (video: 1:10 min.)

  • Populate enhancements

    Create more convincing crowds. (video: 1:36 min.)

  • Character animation and rigging tools

    Create believable characters with realistic motion.

  • General animation tools

    Work with keyframe, Dopesheet, and procedural tools.

  • Animated deformers

    Add life to creatures and simulate fluidic effects.

3D modeling and texturing

  • New

    Fast form hard surfaces

    Quickly create hard surface forms

  • New

    UV mapping (enhanced)

    Up to 10x faster UV navigation and editing 

  • New

    Object tool (enhanced)

    Easy to access tools for object work

  • OpenSubdiv support

    Create complex topology more quickly. 

  • Enhanced ShaderFX

    Create and exchange advanced shaders more easily.

  • Point cloud support

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

  • ShaderFX

    Intuitively create advanced HLSL shaders. (video: 1:11 min.)

  • Placement tools

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

  • Quad chamfer

    Create a chamfer between quad surfaces. (video: 1:04 min.)

  • Mesh and surface modeling

    Efficiently create parametric and organic objects.

  • Texture assignment and editing

    Explore an advanced texturing toolset.

  • Shading and material design

    Quickly design and edit shading hierarchies. 

  • Vector map support

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

  • Polygon, spline, and NURBS-based modeling

    Use spline and 2D modeling tools.

  • New

    Text and shape map

    Create decals and text-based graphics using 2D objects.

3D rendering

  • New

    Autodesk Raytracer Renderer (ART)

    Create accurate images of architectural scenes.

  • A360 rendering support

    Render in the cloud right from within 3ds Max.

  • Physical Camera

    Developed with the makers of V-Ray.

  • Support for new Iray and mental ray enhancements

    Rendering photorealistic images is now easier.

  • Improved ActiveShade rendering

    Iterate quickly with interactive rendering. (video: 56 sec.)

  • Accelerated viewport performance

    Interact more fluidly with your scene. (video: 1:15 min.)

  • Stereo Camera

    Create engaging 3D content. (video: 1:13 min.)

  • Integrated rendering options

    Achieve stunning image quality with NVIDIA Iray.

  • Render pass system

    Segment scenes for downstream compositing.

  • Nitrous accelerated graphics core

    Nitrous accelerates workflows, data-set handling.

  • Slate Compositing Editor

    Wire together composites in Slate.

Dynamics & effects

  • Particle Flow effects

    Create sophisticated particle simulations. (video: 1:12 min.)

  • MassFX dynamic simulation solvers

    Create simulations with unified simulation solvers.

  • Hair and fur effects

    Create strand-derived effects like hair and grass.

  • Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

    Simulate and analyze sun, sky, and artificial light.

  • New

    Simple simulation data import

    Animate simulation data in CFD, .CSV, or OpenVDB formats.

UI, workflow & pipeline

  • New

    Asset Library

    Quickly access all your 3D content 

  • New

    High DPI display support

    Run 3ds Max on modern HDPI monitors and laptops.

  • New

    Improved pipeline tools integration

    Get an extended and improved Python/.NET toolset.

  • New

    Scene converter

    Seamlessly move from one renderer to another.

  • New

    Game exporter

    Easily transfer data into game engines.

  • New

    Live link

    Connect 3ds Max and the Stingray engine.

  • New

    Better support for Stingray shaders

    Gain better support for physically based shaders.

  • New

    Integrated Creative Market 3D content store

    Quickly search an online market of 3D assets.

  • New

    Max Creation Graph (enhanced)

    Use shapes and splines, and import simulation data.


  • XRef renovations

    New support for nondestructive animation worfklows.

  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager (enhanced)

    Work with complex scenes more easily.

  • New

    Design Workspace

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max.

  • Easier Revit and SketchUp workflows

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

  • New

    Template system

    New startup configurations speed scene creation. 

  • Alembic support

    View massive data sets in the Nitrous viewport.

  • Autodesk Translation Framework

    Exchange data with SolidWorks, other file formats.

  • Multitouch support

    Enjoy more freedom when interacting with 3D content.

  • Small user-requested features (SURFs)

    Small feature requests from the  User Voice forum.

  • Enhanced scene management

    New nested layers in Scene Explorers. (video: 1:34 min.)

  • Configurable user interface

    Access multiple views with tabbed layouts.

  • Flexible camera matching

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

  • Data transfer and pipeline integration

    Get single-step data transfer with 3ds Max.

  • Compositing integration

    Choose from compositing options in 3ds Max.

  • Collaborative workflows with Containers

    Use containers to override object properties.

  • Comprehensive 3ds Max SDK

    Extend and customize 3ds Max with the SDK.

  • Python scripting

    Employ the Python scripting language.

  • Civil View feature set

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

  • AutoCAD and Revit interoperability

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

  • DirectConnect support

    Exchange industrial design data with engineers. (video: 1:22 min.)

  • New

    One-click Print Studio access

    Launch Print Studio directly from 3ds Max.