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Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max


What is Autodesk 3ds Max?

Autodesk offers 3ds Max, 3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animation. The vendor states that users can produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with an efficient and flexible toolset to help create better 3D content…

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Product Demos

Bake to Texture: Baking Light Maps


3ds Max - Creating Objects


3ds Max Lighting and Rendering - Exploring the ART Renderer in 3ds Max


3ds Max - Understanding Physical Material


UV Unwrapping in 3ds Max - Part 1 - Introduction


Modeling Objects in 3ds Max - Part 1 - Poly Modeling

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What is Autodesk 3ds Max?

Autodesk offers 3ds Max, 3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animation. The vendor states that users can produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with an efficient and flexible toolset to help create better 3D content in less time.

Key Features of 3ds Max

  • Polygon modeling - Creation of 3D props, vehicles, and characters with geometry based on vertices, edges, and faces.
  • Procedural modeling - Complex surfaces for cityscapes, forests, and landscapes using automated modeling.
  • Interactive viewports - Render-quality viewport previews of PBR materials and camera effects.
  • High-quality materials - Physically Based Rendering, Open Shading Language, and Bake to Texture, to create realistic objects.
  • Integrated Arnold renderer - Renders complex scenes and designs with Arnold for 3ds Max.
  • Multiple file format support - Asset sharing with support for file formats like glTF, USD, FBX, and CAD formats.

Autodesk 3ds Max Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Autodesk offers 3ds Max, 3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animation. The vendor states that users can produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with an efficient and flexible toolset to help create better 3D content in less time.

Autodesk 3ds Max starts at $235.

The most common users of Autodesk 3ds Max are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Autodesk 3ds Max has been highly regarded by users as a powerful and mature software that enables them to handle a wide range of client requests with confidence. It finds extensive use in civil engineering education, where it serves as a valuable tool for teaching students 3D modeling of buildings, towers, trusses, terrains, and more. The software is also commonly used alongside Unity for modeling scenes and objects in augmented reality and virtual reality applications. For example, it has been utilized in a collaborative project with JioGlass to model historic architectures in Rajasthan, India. Beginners in animation, rendering, and interoperability within the Autodesk umbrella have found the software to be user-friendly and helpful. Additionally, 3ds Max is often preferred for hard surface modeling and creating complex 3D sets that are challenging to make in other software. Its versatility extends to various industries, including gaming, motion graphics, broadcast, and architectural visualization, where it excels at tasks such as mograph, camera tracking, product design 3D modeling, VFX production, and rendering high-quality visuals with rapid render times. Users appreciate the crisp renders achieved with 3ds Max V-Ray. The software offers built-in functions like the FFD modifier that enhance efficiency. While there may be a steep learning curve associated with it, its ability to produce industry-standard results combined with V-Ray is unmatched. Overall, Autodesk 3ds Max is recognized as a valuable and widely used tool for modeling, animating, and showcasing designs across various industries.

Lightweight and Fast: Many users have praised Autodesk 3ds Max for its lightweight nature and fast performance. They find the software efficient in various tasks such as hardsurface modeling, lighting, material creation, and importing/exporting common formats.

Artist-Friendly Interface: Several reviewers appreciate the user-friendly interface of 3ds Max, which caters to both beginners and experienced users. Its intuitive design makes it easy to navigate and utilize the software's features effectively.

Fast Render Times: Users consistently highlight the impressive render times of 3ds Max. The software allows for quick and efficient rendering of highly realistic images. Overall, these positive attributes contribute to a smooth workflow and enhance productivity for artists using Autodesk 3ds Max.

Interface Windows: Limited Expansion Capability Some users have found that certain interface windows in Autodesk 3ds Max do not expand large enough, resulting in the need for unnecessary scrolling. This issue has been mentioned by multiple reviewers and can be frustrating for users who require a larger workspace. Performance: Lack of Multi-threading According to user feedback, certain processes in Autodesk 3ds Max are not multi-threaded, potentially impacting performance. This concern has been raised by several reviewers and may lead to slower execution times for resource-intensive tasks. Compatibility: Low Performance on Old or Low-end PCs Several users have experienced low performance when using Autodesk 3ds Max on older or low-end PCs, especially those with i3 or lower processors. This limitation could hinder the software's functionality and responsiveness, making it less suitable for users with less powerful hardware configurations.

Users of AutoCAD have made several recommendations based on their experiences with the software. Firstly, many users suggest using 3ds as a starting point for games or architectural visualization. This feature seems to be particularly beneficial for beginners in the 3D world, as well as trained professionals. According to these users, mastering this application is highly recommended.

Secondly, users recommend utilizing vray rendering for realistic rendering in 3D modeling or architectural works. This feature enhances the visualization capabilities and helps achieve a higher level of realism in designs.

Lastly, many users advise watching online tutorials to quickly become familiar with the software. These tutorials are considered to be a valuable resource for learning how to efficiently navigate through AutoCAD's tools and features.

Overall, users believe that AutoCAD has the best tools available and recommend understanding and customizing the viewport for improved speed and efficiency. Additionally, they find the software useful for achieving a good zoom in design.

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When a client seeking 3d visual assets asks, "can you...." I can interrupt them before they finish the sentence and answer, "yes" before I even know what they need. 3ds Max allows me to do that with confidence. It's amazingly powerful and mature. Like all powerful software, to get the most from it you need to drive it with better than average hardware and there is a learning curve, but all powerful things require some knowldege to get the most out of them. I use it everyday in my business.
  • Hardsurface modeling
  • 3d Lighting
  • Material creation
  • Import and export of common formats
  • Animation and particle simulation
  • Some interface windows don't expand large enough requiring unnecessary scrolling
  • Some processes are not multi threaded
  • Backup of customized user interface is not handled well
I've used many 3d programs I've not found any more capable or well suited for about anything you throw at it. I've had scenes with over 20million polys that I can work in just fine. It's well suited to produce absolute photorealistic renders especially when you pair it with plugins like V-Ray Render.

One area where is may not be as suitable is if you have to model something in a coordinate space that is a long way from 0,0,0. Max is not double precision, so when a model is very tiny or very large or a long way from the origin, odd things occur. But, this is easily mitigated by modeling near the origin or reducing or enlarging the scene by some factor to make it not too small or too large. Then, after you are finished, you can scale it up or down by that factor again and export a perfectly scaled model for use in some other program.
Vivek Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
1. Best software to make 3D Model of products and render high quality visuals.
2. We have been using 3ds Max for more than 3 years in the organization and helped us quickly create 3D models with infinite modifiers that help us to build the 3D Model.
3. It has lots of options to help us in increasing efficiency. for e.g. FFD.
  • Efficient in Modeling assets using Image Plane
  • Efficient in 3D Model creation using modifiers.
  • Helpful in rendering using 3rd Part render engines.
  • Easy navigation needs to be added like how maya have for efficient interaction
  • On screen tool to easily change the interaction of mouse and keyboard as per other software's like Maya or Marvelous Designer
1. Helpful in rendering high quality visuals.
2. Helpful in creating walkthroughs on interior designs or virtual apartments.
3. Helpful to render high quality exteriors for marketers.
4. Its not helpful in interaction for creating quad of a mesh, it needs improvement here.
5. Retopology is efficient.
6. Can be used as base 3D package to learn, Even student version is also officially available by Autodesk.
Jitendra Choubisa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
My Institute teaches Civil Engineering to the incoming students and in that case, we use Autodesk 3dsMax for 3d Modelling of Buildings, Towers, Trusses, Terrains etc. Also, we are currently working on introducing Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality to the students, as it is the technology of the future. In regards to that, we use Unity with Autodesk 3ds Max to model the scene/objects and add interaction to it. Our Institute is currently working on an app in collaboration with JioGlass ( A Reliance Jio Initiative) under Jio Tesseract program. In this, our students with the help of 3ds Max are modeling all the historic architectures present in the Rajasthan state of India. With 3ds Max it is quite easy to model complex geometries too. Also within the Autodesk Umbrella, Max is quite helpful in interoperability. It is easy and useful for beginners in the case of animation and rendering also.
  • 3ds Max includes some of the inbuild modifiers which can be very good in the case of beginners.
  • 3rd party Rendering support makes 3ds Max a powerful software for rendering out realistic images.
  • Autodesk 3ds max in comparison to its rivals is lightweight and fast, also the animation case also.
  • Autodesk 3ds Max can't be used on old or low-end PC's, this kind of results in very low performance when we use i3 or low processors.
  • Inbuilt rendering of the software is not up to the mark and Keeping in mind the size of the software on the disk, it must have something great in it to create good renders.
Scenarios where Autodesk 3ds Max is well suited:
1. Modeling less complex geometries.
2. For beginners it is good, meshes, poly's, vertexes etc can be easily understood.
3. Easy UI and interoperability.

Scenarios where it is less appropriate:
1. Inbuild Rendering (Scanline) can be made better.
2. Performance over low end/Old Pc's need refinement.
3. Bulky Size on disk.
4. Animation is the area which can be made better also.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
3ds max is used to block in proportion models. it is a fast and easy-to-use modeling program. I also use it to animate and show off models for design purposes. the fact it can do all of this and is widely used makes it invaluable for us as a team.
  • Modelling polly
  • Rendering
  • Import 3d data and convert
  • could do with Nurbs modelling functions
  • have a plugin to make controls like Alias
3ds max is great for animation and quick modeling. It is not great for Engineering info or technical specifications.
Roohi Malhotra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am using it for motion graphics. I make montages, channel promo, channel Ident and use it for 3d typography. It helps to create beautiful 3D graphics and animations. In broadcast industry its highly used to make opening of any programme. I am using this software from past 14 yrs and I dont find any other 3D software that virtuous. Its a overall 3D package whether its texturing modelling rendering or animation. We can make complex dynamic animation with ease with the help of this software. Its a good 3D package one can have.
  • animation
  • modelling
  • texturing
  • rendering
  • motion graphics
  • dynamics
  • Particles
  • uv map
Autodesk 3ds Max works well in character animation, motion graphics and making dynamic animation. Its a wonder software for 3D animation. I like its rendering. Its great for interior designing as well. Gives realistic material outcome. Its render outcome is very realistic. I have designed many characters and have not faced any issue in this software so far.
Arbaz Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my company [Autodesk] 3ds Max [is used] for modeling, texturing, rigging, lighting, and rendering. [Also,] sometimes [for] making cool fx things and particles but mostly we use it for modeling characters, building, and some other objects like table chair [and] much more. It is used for texturing also in [a] big scale for rendering purposes.
  • Modeling
  • Texturing
  • Rendering
  • Rigging
  • Lightning
  • Architect modeling
  • Easy modeling
  • [Takes] less time for rendering
  • Making a good fx effect
[Autodesk] 3ds Max is very good for hard surface modeling, there are many things to do for such as texturing or rendering. It has a great support of plugings like vray, fumefx, thinking particle, rayfire , phonix fd, and much more. But this software has some limitations for fx work for [a] big scale.
Vipul Tamboli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Autodesk 3ds Max is used to render the images and to make the models with high quality and graphics. It also provides so many built-in functions that help a lot to design the model with high accuracy coordinates. I basically use it to make my gaming models to make my game attractive.
  • it renders the images so nicely
  • it provides good animations to the models
  • it provides good shading and lighting effects
  • you can improve its UI
  • the controls of Autodesk 3ds Max are quite difficult and need improvement
  • need some extra plugins and tools to make all possible models for game
Autodesk is basically used to create models and animations, generally. The automobile industry and the gaming industry use it more as they provide better rendering outputs with better animation quality. It is also used in the AR/VR industry to make 3D objects, and similarly by the civil industry. And it provides good texturing effects, too.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am the only person at my current organization who uses 3d max. The quality of the renderings when combined with-ray is second to none. The learning curve though is steep, so if you didn't learn it during college, I doubt an Architecture business is going to train you when they can outsource the production of renderings. I use it to test ideas that are impossible to model in Revit, and I render final presentation images from models imported from Revit when specifically required by a client. Today is hard to justify the extra time that 3dsmax requires for rendering production, there is software that does it faster, and in real-time with acceptable quality. I think for 3ds max to compete with this other software, a more intentional direction towards architecture needs to happen. Also, the interaction with Revit is not easy or intuitive. It is the best tool, for professional results, but probably the hardest to master as well.
  • complex geometry modeling
  • rendering quality
  • materials mapping control
  • parametric modifiers
  • foreign geometry cleaning
  • working in 2d is very frustrating and unreliable. It just lacks the precision
  • How scaling affects units (or doesn't) There needs to be a way for modifiers to address a change of scale in the object.
  • Booleans are not intuitive. Especially for architecture, creating an opening and putting a door or a window is an incredibly cumbersome process.
If you are trying to impress an important client or win a design competition this is your tool. At the same time, probably 1 percent of architecture projects really need or pay for this quality of rendering. It would separate you from the competition but make sure you can afford the extra time, the expensive license, and the intensive training.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use 3ds Max for making complicated 3D sets which are not easy to make in Maya or other software, the renders which 3ds Max V-Ray gives no other software gives that crisp renders. I like using 3ds Max for modelling heavy grager sets.
  • V-Ray 3ds Max is an awesome third-party plugin for architecture renders in 3ds Max.
  • Complicated models can be made in a simple way in 3ds Max also P-particles, M flow works better then before.
  • Interface is very easy to use. Very open, attractive, and very much ease of use for new users.
  • There is nothing to change or add on anything. I think company is capable and has a team for development and research so to give the best to its user and to sustain in the industry even if people are willing to work on unreal engine and Unity 3D.
Because the new users can easily get the interface and work easily without any confusion.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incredibly powerful tools with a very user-friendly UI. Get industry standard results for mograph, camera tracking, 3D modeling for product design, or VFX production with rapid render times to meet deadlines. Maya may be great for animating, but 3ds Max is my go-to for hard surface modeling.
  • Artist friendly interface.
  • Fast render times.
  • Low latency and crash count.
  • Rather expensive licensing.
  • Limited animation tools.
  • Outdated physics system.
3DS Max is really the best tool for those looking to create mograph designs, 3D models for video games, VFX composites and virtual sets, or just to quickly mock up some product designs with rapid rendering that still looks good. It really starts to fall behind though when you get into animation tools like rigging or smooth surface models or higher end ray tracing renders. If you need something for full-on animated films or final pass production physics effects, then use Maya instead.
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