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3D modeling and animation tools

See how 3ds Max® offers powerful capabilities for creating professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models. With an efficient creative toolset, 3ds Max helps you create better 3D content in less time.


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3D animation

  • New

    Text tool


    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.

  • New

    Camera Sequencer

    Tell great stories with high-quality animation.

  • New

    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

    OpenSubdiv support

    Create complex topology more quickly. 

  • New

    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.

3D rendering

  • New

    A360 rendering support


    Render in the cloud right from within 3ds Max.

  • New

    Physical Camera

    Developed with the makers of V-Ray.

  • New

    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 and 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.

UI, workflow & pipeline

  • 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

    New node-based tool and content creation environment.

  • New

    XRef renovations

    New support for nondestructive animation worfklows.

  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager improvements

    Working with complex scenes is now easier.

  • New

    Design Workspace

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

  • New

    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. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • New

    Alembic support

    View massive data sets in the Nitrous viewport.

  • New

    Autodesk Translation Framework

    Exchange data with SolidWorks, other file formats.

  • New

    Multitouch support

    Enjoy more freedom when interacting with 3D content.

  • New

    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

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

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This feature is exclusively available to current Maintenance Subscription or Desktop Subscription customers as part of Extension 1 for 3ds Max 2016 software, expected to be available on or after August 11, 2015.