Autodesk 3ds Max Products

Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software provide powerful, integrated 3D modelling, animation and rendering that enable artists and designers to focus more energy on creative, rather than technical challenges. The products share core technology, but offer specialised toolsets for game developers, visual effects artists and motion graphics artists along with other creative professionals working in the media design industry on the one hand; and architects, designers, engineers and visualisation specialists on the other.

Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max provides a comprehensive, integrated 3D modelling, animation, rendering and compositing solution for game developers, visual effects artists and motion graphics artists along with other creative professionals working in the media design industry.

  • Powerful 3D modelling—With an extensive polygon modelling and texture mapping toolset, you can create compelling characters, props and environments more quickly and effectively.
  • Advanced character rigging and animation—The fully-integrated Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) provides an out-of-the-box advanced rigging and animation system.
  • Accelerated rendering options—Create highly realistic or stylised looks at faster speeds with unlimited batch mental ray® rendering, interactive GPU hardware rendering with Quicksilver, and the NVIDIA® iray® renderer.
  • Extensible pipeline support—Customise, extend and integrate 3ds Max into existing pipelines with support for C++ and .NET.
  • Adobe software interoperability—If you’re a creative professional in the media design industry who uses Adobe® After Effects® or Adobe® Photoshop® software, you can enjoy a level of interoperability that sets a higher standard for 2D/3D data exchange.

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Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Autodesk 3ds Max Design provides a comprehensive, integrated rendering, 3D modelling and animation software solution for architects, designers, civil engineers and visualisation specialists to help tell the story behind their designs.

  • Rapid iteration of designs—Interoperability with AutoCAD®, Revit® and Autodesk® Inventor® software enables you to take advantage of non-destructive workflows when upstream changes occur. The software also supports at least 30 2D and 3D data formats.
  • Accurate daylight analysis—3ds Max Design is one of the tools validated by the CNRC for the simulation and analysis of indirect and daylight effects. In addition, direct lighting can be explored in real time in the viewport.
  • High-impact visuals and animations—Technology proven in the entertainment industry enables designers and visualisation specialists to create highly realistic or stylised looks at faster speeds with unlimited batch mental ray rendering, interactive GPU hardware rendering with Quicksilver, and the NVIDIA® iray® renderer.

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3ds Max for Games

Autodesk 3ds Max is a powerful, reliable and accessible 3D modelling, animation, rendering and compositing package. It is also a favourite among character animators and game artists. 3ds Max offers:

  • Ready-to-use, template-based character rigging systems
  • A comprehensive polygon modelling, UV editing and texture painting toolset
  • Extensible development environment with support for C++ and .NET
  • Advanced hardware shader and dynamics capabilities, including NVIDIA PhysX integration, viewport preview and rendering of HLSL, and normal map and light map generation
  • A vast community of experienced artists and developers to support game development

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Mythic Entertainment (pdf - 1297Kb)
Online game developer used Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Kynapse to help re-invent a legendary game in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

3ds Max for Television

Autodesk 3ds Max brings out-of-the-box 3D capabilities to motion graphics, short-form post content and episodic television projects, so you can:

  • Ramp up production pipelines quickly to deliver stunning results on time and on budget
  • Create amazing procedural effects with the internal event-based particle system
  • Use a large community of trained and talented freelance artists
  • Use an extensive range of third-party plug-ins

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Featured Customer Stories

Brown Bag Films
Dublin-based Brown Bag Films uses Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk® Smoke® software to create the animated TV series, Olivia the Pig.

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Digital Kitchen
Digital Kitchen from Chicago uses Autodesk 3ds Max software for its 3D animation motion graphics and commercials work.

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3ds Max for Film

Autodesk 3ds Max provides highly compatible, out-of-the-box access to a wide range of 3D features for digital artists working on film visual effects and fully animated feature films.

  • Create stunning procedural effects and explosions with the event-based particle system
  • Ramp up production pipelines quickly to help you deliver stunning results on time and on budget
  • Create 3D animatics for pre-visualisation purposes
  • Model, animate and light realistic characters and environments
  • Customise, extend and integrate into existing pipelines with support for C ++ and .NET
  • Work interactively with visual media regardless of bit-depth or image size, using 3ds Max Composite.

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Digital Dimension (pdf - 353Kb)
Award-winning studio meets high expectations and tight deadlines in broadcast and film projects thanks to help from 3ds Max software.

3ds Max Design for Architecture

A survey conducted by CGarchitect showed that 87 percent of architects are more likely to win a competitive bid based on imagery they produce in 3ds Max Design.* Not only does 3ds Max Design help architects to get a deeper understanding of how projects work before they’re built, it also enables them to create a deeper emotional impact with photorealistic renderings and cinematic-quality animations, in order to win more business.

Whether you work in AutoCAD or Autodesk Revit, you can import your data with confidence in 3ds Max Design and produce professional-quality images more easily than ever before.

  • Explore—Develop unique organic forms. Experiment with shape, scale and look.
  • Evaluate—Visualise your design in context by adding vegetation and 3D objects, create animated walk-throughs, line-of-sight studies and physically near-accurate daylight analysis, to help better understand and communicate how the design functions in context.
  • Communicate—Help customers make crucial decisions during design reviews and gain valuable buy-in during various stages of the design process with emotionally engaging images and animations.

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  Design Visualisation for Architecture Brochure (PDF – 3122 KB)

*Data from a CGarchitect survey conducted in Autumn 2009. There were 1,621 respondents, primarily in the architecture industry.

Featured Customer Stories

ArcHaus
This small architectural firm in New Zealand uses Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to design more sustainable buildings and remain competitive with larger firms.

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Architecture Reel
See examples of leading architects using Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to explore, validate and communicate their design intent.
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3ds Max Design for Manufacturing and Product Design

Create accurate and highly realistic visualisations of industrial machinery, automotive designs and consumer product digital prototypes, and reduce the need for costly physical prototypes and photo shoots.

Whether you work in AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk® Alias® or CATIA® software, you can produce professional-quality images and animations with 3ds Max Design more easily than ever before.

  • Create virtual photography and cinematography that is nearly indistinguishable from reality, and market your product in print, on the web and in television commercials
  • Add animated characters to scenes; animate products and exploded diagrams; and place products in their context
  • Get customer buy-in during various stages of the design process

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Featured Customer Stories

RMD Kwikform
From heavy infrastructure projects to high-rise and multi-story buildings, RMD Kwikform uses Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to meet increasing customer demands for detailed visualisations and to help differentiate its products in a competitive marketplace.
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HTC
The Swedish manufacturer of industrial floor grinders uses Autodesk Inventor to create digital prototypes. Those same prototypes are used in 3ds Max Design to create stunning marketing materials without the cost of expensive photo shoots and physical models.
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3ds Max Design for Civil Infrastructure

An effective visualisation can help clients, government agencies and community stakeholders to better comprehend design intent and project impacts. Civil engineering professionals no longer need to have a deep knowledge of 3ds Max Design to create their own renderings. With the Civil View feature set of 3ds Max Design, AutoCAD Civil 3D users can create cinematic-quality renderings and animations automatically from Civil 3D model data. Autodesk 3ds Max Design can help you:

  • Evaluate designs and project performance more effectively
  • Communicate design intent more accurately
  • Build stakeholder support for civil infrastructure projects

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See the 3ds Max Design Civil View feature set in action.
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Featured Customer Stories

Video: Scott Wilson uses Autodesk 3ds Max Design 3D modelling software to create multimedia visualisations for its proposals.Scott Wilson Group
See how Scott Wilson Group, an international consultancy firm, uses Autodesk 3ds Max Design to deliver integrated professional services in the transportation, buildings and infrastructure, environment and natural resources sectors.
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Parsons Brinkerhoff
This multidisciplinary engineering firm's projects require communication and collaboration with the public and various agencies. See how visualisation is a critical part of presenting some of the world's largest infrastructure projects.
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Civil Engineering Reel
From Parsons Brinckerhoff to Scott Wilson, see examples of leading Autodesk customers using 3ds Max Design to visualise their civil engineering design data to communicate design intent.
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