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3D modeling pipeline and workflow

Explore user interface innovations, productivity-enhancing workflows, and smarter ways of working with the data in your pipeline in 3ds Max® software. Create better 3D content faster.

UI, workflow & pipeline

  • New

    Asset Library

    Quickly access all your 3D content 

  • New

    High DPI display support

    Run 3ds Max on modern HDPI monitors and laptops.

  • New

    Improved pipeline tools integration

    Get an extended and improved Python/.NET toolset.

  • New

    Scene converter

    Seamlessly move from one renderer to another.

  • New

    Game exporter

    Easily transfer data into game engines.

  • New

    Live link

    Connect 3ds Max and the Stingray engine.

  • New

    Better support for Stingray shaders

    Gain better support for physically based shaders.

  • New

    Integrated Creative Market 3D content store

    Quickly search an online market of 3D assets.

  • New

    Max Creation Graph (enhanced)

    Use shapes and splines, and import simulation data.


  • XRef renovations

    New support for nondestructive animation worfklows.

  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager (enhanced)

    Work with complex scenes more easily.

  • New

    Design Workspace

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max.

  • 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. 

  • Alembic support

    View massive data sets in the Nitrous viewport.

  • Autodesk Translation Framework

    Exchange data with SolidWorks, other file formats.

  • Multitouch support

    Enjoy more freedom when interacting with 3D content.

  • 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 customize 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

    Exchange industrial design data with engineers. (video: 1:22 min.)

  • New

    One-click Print Studio access

    Launch Print Studio directly from 3ds Max.