The best hard surface modeler, but for a price.
January 29, 2021

The best hard surface modeler, but for a price.

Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Autodesk 3ds Max

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  • Outdated physics system.
  • Allows us to meet deadlines quickly - render times are minutes, not days.
  • Digs into profits due to licensing fees - just a single seat can set us back thousands.

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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.