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Create amazing worlds in 3ds Max

If you can dream it, you can build it in 3ds Max®, the 3D software for modeling, animation, and rendering that allows you to create massive worlds in games and stunning scenes for design visualization.

Why 3ds Max?

Why 3ds Max?

Easy, powerful modeling

Model any person, place, or thing

With tools to help shape and define, 3ds Max is modeling software for artists looking to create a range of environments and detailed characters.

Image courtesy of Platige Image.

Stunning rendering

Works with major renderers

3ds Max works with most major renderers, such as V-Ray, Iray, and mental ray, to create high-end scenes and striking visuals for design visualization and more.

Image courtesy of Sergio Mereces.

Top-tier animation software

Bring realistic scenes to life

3ds Max is used by top-tier animation and design firms to create imaginative characters and realistic scenes in games and architecture.

Image courtesy of Square Enix, Ltc. / Eidos Montreal**

Flexible interoperability

Fits into your workflow

3ds Max works with Autodesk Revit, Inventor, Fusion 360, and Stingray, as well as SketchUp, Unity, Unreal, and more. 

Getting started is easy

Launch and let your creativity run wild

Choose your type of project, import content, and get to work shaping, texturing, and animating.

What's new

New in 3ds Max 2017

Say hello to stress-free UV mapping, new and improved modeling tools, and a major performance overhaul so you can work more creatively and efficiently.

Max Creation Graph

Speed up content creation with the Max Creation Graph (MCG), a procedural content system introduced in 3ds Max 2016 Extension 1. (video: 1:18 min.)

Still using an older version?

You’re missing out: 3ds Max has never been easier to use, more flexible, or fit better into you pipeline. Get current and discover its new UI, vastly expanded capabilities and user-requested features, and improved interoperability, stability, and performance.

Quickstart with ready-to-use 3D models and real-time rendering

See your content and scenes live in a real-time environment

Stingray is a real-time game engine that live links to 3ds Max for one-click content updating, saving you time to do more of what you love.

Grab characters, cars, and entire scenes

Get your scene started fast with Creative Market, a community-driven marketplace built into 3ds Max for Max-ready drop-and-go files.

Leverage the cloud for rendering jobs

With A360 Rendering, you can directly manage cloud rendering of any size from within 3ds Max, allowing you to store large files and access your projects across devices with ease.

Image courtesy of Sergio Mereces

3ds Max in action

Bringing architectural designs to life

A childhood love for art turned into a promising career in architectural visualization for this bright, young artist. Born and raised in Italy, Lucia Frascerra is now working at one of London's most prestigious creative communications agencies.

Image courtesy Lucia Frascerra Visualization.

Building environments, worlds, and everything in between

Eidos Montreal discusses how gameplay has changed over the past 10 years and how they adapted the Thief franchise to resonate with a new generation of players by building a large world and an overall immersive experience.

Images courtesy of Eidos Montreal / Square Enix.

Expert advice and learning

Free software for students and educators

Games, film, and design students—get started in 3ds Max today.

  • Free full version of 3ds Max
  • Step-by-step resources to help you model and animate a 3D character using 3ds Max.