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3D modeling and animation software

3ds Max® features offer powerful, out-of-the-box capabilities for creating professional-quality 3D animation. With a creative toolset for 3D modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering, 3ds Max helps games, film, and motion graphics artists create better 3D content in less time.

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    3D animation

  • Populate enhancements New

    Get increased artistic control, better realism, and improved usability with the enhanced Populate crowd animation feature.

  • Populate crowd animation

    Generate moving or idle crowds to enrich architectural presentations with believable human motion, or to previsualize a film or video scene.

  • Character animation and rigging tools

    Create believable characters in less time with sophisticated character animation and rigging tools.

  • General animation tools

    Use a number of keyframe and procedural animation tools for almost any parameter in your scene.

  • Animated deformers

    Add life to creatures and simulate fluidic effects with a number of animated deformers.

    3D modeling and texturing

  • OpenSubdiv support* New

    Efficiently represent subdivision surfaces using OpenSubdiv libraries, open-sourced by Pixar and incorporating technology from Microsoft Research.

  • Enhanced ShaderFX* New

    Get more shading options and better shader interoperability between 3ds Max, Maya, and Maya LT software.

  • Point Cloud support New

    Import, visualize, snap to, and render massive point cloud datasets to create more precise models from real-world references.

  • ShaderFX New

    Easily create advanced HLSL viewport shaders with the ShaderFX real-time visual shader editor.

  • Placement tools New

    Easily position and orient content relative to other content in your scene with new Placement tools.

  • Quad chamfer New

    Create a chamfered or beveled edge between two surfaces consisting of quads, rather than triangles, to help eliminate pinching.


  • Mesh and surface modeling

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

  • Texture assignment and editing

    Access a number of texture mapping, baking, and layering options.

  • Shading and material design

    Get the look you want for your assets, with tools specifically designed to accelerate the shading and material design process.

    3D rendering

  • Improved ActiveShade rendering New

    Enjoy a faster ActiveShade preview rendering workflow that now supports mental ray.

  • Accelerated viewport performance New

    Increase interactivity with substantially faster navigation, selection, and viewport texture baking.

  • Stereo Camera New

    Create more engaging entertainment content and design visualizations with the new Stereo Camera feature set*. 

  • Integrated rendering options

    Achieve stunning image quality in less time with powerful 3D rendering software capabilities.

  • Render pass system

    Segment scenes for downstream compositing with a powerful render pass system.

  • Nitrous accelerated graphics core

    Iterate faster and handle larger data sets with limited impact on interactivity with the Nitrous accelerated graphics core.

  • Slate compositing editor

    Perform simple compositing operations directly within 3ds Max with the Slate Compositing Editor.

    Dynamics and effects

  • Particle Flow

    Create a number of sophisticated, realistic effects such as water, fire, spray, and snow with the powerful event-driven Particle Flow toolset.

  • MassFX

    Add realistic rigid-body, cloth, and particle simulations to your scene with the high-performance MassFX system of unified simulation solvers.

  • Hair and fur

    Create hair, fur, and other strand-derived effects such as grass, and precisely control their styling and animation.

    UI, workflow & pipeline

  • Alembic support* New

    View massive datasets in the Nitrous Viewport, and transfer them more easily through your production pipeline with new Alembic support.

  • Enhanced scene management New

    Manage complex scenes more easily with enhancements to Scene Explorers.

  • Python scripting New

    Extend and customize 3ds Max with the popular and easy-to-learn Python scripting language.

  • Configurable user interface

    Increase your productivity with a user interface that conforms to the way you work.

  • Flexible camera matching

    Interactively match the camera view of a scene to the perspective of a photo background, or use 2D pan and zoom for accurate line placement.

  • Data transfer and pipeline integration

    Import data from many sources and smoothly transfer data across file iterations, software applications, users, and locations.

  • Compositing integration

    Enhance your 3D rendered data and combine it with live-action footage using a choice of compositing options.

  • Collaborative workflows with Containers

    Take advantage of Containers to collect, organize, and share data in complex scenes.

  • 3ds Max SDK

    Extend and customize virtually every aspect of the 3ds Max application with the comprehensive 3ds Max SDK (Software Development Kit).