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New 3ds Max 2017 features

3ds Max® 2017 offers the most capable and varied toolset to date. Customize tools; collaborate more efficiently across teams; and work with more speed and confidence.

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.

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

  • 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.

Dynamics & effects

  • 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.


  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager (enhanced)

    Work with complex scenes more easily.

  • New

    Design Workspace

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max.

  • New

    Template system

    New startup configurations speed scene creation. 

  • New

    One-click Print Studio access

    Launch Print Studio directly from 3ds Max.