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3ds Max modeling, rendering, and animation software

Produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with 3ds Max® software. An efficient and flexible toolset to help you create better 3D content in less time.

Modeling and texturing

  • Spline workflows

    Create and animate geometry in several intuitive ways with enhanced spline tools.

  • Open shading language support

    Create or use pre-existing procedural OSL maps with any supported renderer.

  • Chamfer modifier

    Create best-in-class procedural edge modeling details with simple and precise tools.

  • Blended Box Map

    Morph visible seams by simplifying the process of blending projected texture maps.

  • Material, texture, and color editor

    Apply material finishes, change textures, and use vibrant colors to make your designs photorealistic.

  • Data Channel modifier

    Automate complex modeling operations, which dynamically update as you make changes.

  • Mesh and surface modeling

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

  • NEW | Baking to texture

    Streamlined, intuitive, and fully scriptable texture baking experience.

  • NEW | Weighted normals modifier

    Built-in weighted normal calculator that can be directly applied to 3D models allowing you to create precise designs.

Animation and effects

  • 3ds Max Fluids

    Create realistic liquid behaviors such as water, oil, lava as well as replicate gravity and collisions effects. (video: 13 sec.)

  • Character animation and rigging tools

    Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT, biped, and crowd animation tools.

  • General animation tools

    Use keyframe and procedural animation tools and also view and edit animation trajectories directly in the viewport.

  • Motion Paths

    Preview and adjust animation paths directly in the viewport.

  • Particle Flow effects

    Create sophisticated particle effects such as water, fire, spray, and snow.

  • New plugins

    Access hundreds of industry leading 3rd-party plugins from our extensive community.


  • Improved viewport quality

    As part of our OSL integration, you can display procedural maps created with OSL at 1:1 quality using Nitrous viewport.

  • Enhanced

    Arnold for 3ds Max

    Use Arnold GPU Renderer to view scene changes in real time, including lighting, materials, and camera.

  • Enhanced

    Activeshade viewport

    An interactive rendering experience that allows you to see your scene in a near-final rendering quality as you’re working.

  • Physical Camera

    Simulate real-life camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, exposure, and more.

  • 3ds Max Batch

    Leverage the power of 3ds Max for automation by using 3ds Max as a true command-line tool.

  • Scene Converter

    Seamlessly and consistently change materials, lights, cameras, renderers from one to another.

Workflow and pipeline

  • Enhanced | Improved pipeline tools integration

    Smooth, high-quality experience with added flexibility of tear-off viewports.

  • Alembic support

    Alembic Version 1.7 now supports instances, allowing files to be drastically smaller while maintaining their original complexity.

  • Modern UI and workspaces

    Create your own custom workspaces with a more modern, responsive, high-DPI-ready user interface.

  • CivilView workflow

    Automatically populate parametrically generated details such as animated vehicles to scale with your environment.

  • Autodesk Viewer workflow

    Share models and review feedback online with the Autodesk Viewer directly from the 3ds Max interface.

  • Updated project tools

    Create new projects with greater folder structure flexibility, smarter project switching, and store custom data.

Design visualization

  • Embellishments

    Bring to life fine-tuned touches such as materials, lighting, and textures for photorealistic imagery.

  • Import capabilities

    Import your CAD and BIM files and use it to create a general structure and enhance the details of your 3D design.

  • Physically based lighting

    Simulate artificial lighting sources to accurately portray how light and shadows will interact with your designs.

  • Interactive rendering

    See and make changes in your scene in near-final rendering quality in the render frame window while you work.

  • High-quality imagery

    Advanced tools give you the built-in rendering power to create the highest quality photo-real visualizations.

  • Transform technical to visual

    Rich and powerful toolsets allow you to model premium architectural designs with artistic control.

Games and entertainment

  • Powerful scene modeling

    Easily model a place, person, or element with fast spline and poly modeling workflows.

  • Stunning characters

    Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT and biped tools.

  • Physically based rendering

    Quickly iterate and see near-final quality renders of your game assets right in the viewport.

  • Dynamic visual content

    Add shading and lighting to game assets with powerful texture baking tools.

  • Customizable pipeline integration

    Get tighter pipeline integration with support for Python 3.

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