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3D modelling and animation tools

See how 3ds Max® offers powerful abilities for creating professional-quality 3D animations, renders and models. With a efficient creative toolset, 3ds Max helps you to create better 3D content in less time.


Desktop Subscription gives you access to the latest updates and releases, 1-on-1 web support, priority support in the forums, flexible licensing and more.

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3D animation

  • New

    Camera Sequencer

    Tell great stories with high-quality animation.

  • New

    Dual Quaternion skinning

    Create better skinned characters in less time.

  • Populate crowd animation

    Generate believable human motion. (video: 1.10 min.)

  • Populate enhancements

    Create more convincing crowds. (video: 1.36 min.)

  • Character animation and rigging tools

    Create believable characters with realistic motion.

  • General animation tools

    Work with key-frame, Dopesheet and procedural tools.

  • Animated deformers

    Add life to creatures and simulate fluidic effects.

3D modelling and texturing

  • New

    OpenSubdiv support

    Create complex topology more quickly.

  • New

    Enhanced ShaderFX

    Create and exchange advanced shaders more easily.

  • Point cloud support

    Create models from point cloud data. (video: 1:52 min.)


  • ShaderFX

    Intuitively create advanced HLSL shaders. (video: 1.11 min.)


  • Placement tools

    Easily position and orient content. (video: 1.08 min.)


  • Quad chamfer

    Create a chamfer between quad surfaces. (video: 1.04 min.)

  • Mesh and surface modelling

    Efficiently create parametric and organic objects.

  • Texture assignment and editing

    Explore an advanced texturing toolset.

  • Shading and material design

    Quickly design and edit shading hierarchies. 

  • Vector map support

    Load vector graphics as texture maps. (video: 49 sec.)

  • Polygon, spline and NURBS-based modelling

    Use spline and 2D modelling tools.

3D rendering

  • New

    A360 rendering support


    Render in the cloud right from within 3ds Max.

  • New

    Physical Camera

    Developed with the makers of V-Ray.

  • New

    Support for new Iray and mental ray enhancements

    Rendering photo-realistic images is now easier.

  • Improved ActiveShade rendering

    Iterate quickly with interactive rendering. (video: 56 sec.)


  • Accelerated viewport performance

    Interact more fluidly with your scene. (video: 1:15 min.)

  • Stereo Camera

    Create engaging 3D content. (video: 1.07 min.)


  • Integrated rendering options

    Achieve stunning image quality with NVIDIA Iray.

  • Render pass system

    Segment scenes for downstream compositing.

  • Nitrous accelerated graphics core

    Nitrous accelerates workflows, data-set handling.

  • Slate Compositing Editor

    Wire together composites in Slate.

Dynamics and effects

  • Particle Flow effects

    Create sophisticated particle simulations. (video: 1.11 min.)

  • MassFX dynamic simulation solvers

    Create simulations with unified simulation solvers.

  • Hair and fur effects

    Create strand-derived effects like hair and grass.

  • Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

    Simulate and analyse sun, sky and artificial light.

UI, workflow & pipeline

  • New

    Max Creation Graph

    New node-based tool and content creation environment.

  • New

    XRef renovations

    New support for non-destructive animation worfklows.

  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager improvements

    Working with complex scenes is now easier.

  • New

    Design Workspace

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max. (video: 1.46 min.)

  • New

    Easier Revit and SketchUp workflows

    Import data from Revit up to 10 times faster. (video: 1.43 min.)

  • New

    Template system

    New startup configurations speed scene creation. (video: 2.16 min.)

  • New

    Alembic support

    View massive datasets in the Nitrous viewport.

  • New

    Autodesk Translation Framework

    Exchange data with SolidWorks, other file formats.

  • New

    Multi-touch support

    Enjoy more freedom when interacting with 3D content.

  • New

    Small user-requested features (SURFs)

    Small feature requests from the User Voice forum.

  • Enhanced scene management

    New nested layers in Scene Explorers. (video: 1.34 min.)

  • Configurable user interface

    Access multiple views with tabbed layouts.

  • Flexible camera matching

    Place CG elements into photo backgrounds. (video: 1.05 min.)

  • Data transfer and pipeline integration

    Get single-step data transfer with 3ds Max.

  • Compositing integration

    Choose from compositing options in 3ds Max.

  • Collaborative workflows with Containers

    Use containers to override object properties.

  • Comprehensive 3ds Max SDK

    Extend and customise 3ds Max with the SDK.

  • Python scripting

    Employ the Python scripting language.

  • Civil View feature set

    Turn civil design geometry into precise 3D design. (video: 6.51 min.)

  • AutoCAD and Revit interoperability

    Import Revit files directly into 3ds Max. (video: 3.05 min.)

  • DirectConnect support

    3ds Max offers DirectConnect support. (video: 1.22 min.)

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