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3ds Max Developer Center

Autodesk 3ds Max provides a rich and powerful API that can be used to automate repetitive tasks, and to extend the core functionality of 3ds Max. This functionality includes customization of 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, rendering, and many other areas. .NET API Assemblies are provided to allow automation style programming. The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides extensive C++ functionality and provides code samples and documentation to help you get started developing with the API for Autodesk 3ds Max. Read more...

Learning and Documentation

3ds Max is a very mature platform and offers flexible customization. But where to start? The learning and documentation resources can be a huge help.

  • 3ds Max SDK Training Webcasts

    A complete 3ds Max SDK training on developing plug-ins based on C++ is provided in ten 1 hour segments. It includes exercises with solved projects.

  • DevTV: Intro to 3ds Max SDK

    This is a two-part video series that demonstrates fundamental aspects to the 3ds Max SDK by implementing a simple exporter.

  • Documentation and SDK Samples


The 3ds Max SDK is included in every 3ds Max release.

There are two ways to install the 3ds Max SDK:

  • After the 3ds Max product installation, from the main page of the 3ds Max installer, click “Install Tools and Utilities” and choose “3ds Max Software Development Kit”.
  • Alternatively, you can also find the SDK in the extraction folder, under: <extraction folder>\<platform>\Tools\MAXSDK\SDK_3dsMax<version>.msi