Autodesk 3ds Max focused on modernisation, performance, fit & finish. We’re introducing all-new experiences for Texture Baking and Install, major improvements to the Viewport, and key enhancements to Substance tools, ProSound and SketchUp import. You will also find speed improvements throughout your process from installation to rendering, and 3ds Max Python 3 now set as default Python interpreter.


Produce professional-quality 3D animations, renders, and models with 3ds Max® software. An efficient and flexible toolset to help you create better 3D content in less time.

Modeling and texturing 

  • Spline workflows: Create and animate geometry in several intuitive ways with enhanced spline tools.
  • Open shading language support: Create or use pre-existing procedural OSL maps with any supported renderer.
  • Chamfer modifier: Create best-in-class procedural edge modeling details with simple and precise tools.
  • Blended Box Map: Morph visible seams by simplifying the process of blending projected texture maps.
  • Material, texture, and color editor: Apply material finishes, change textures, and use vibrant colors to make your designs photorealistic.
  • Data Channel modifier: Automate complex modeling operations, which dynamically update as you make changes.
  • Mesh and surface modeling: Create parametric and organic objects with polygon, subdivision surface, and spline-based modeling features.
  • NEW | Baking to texture: Streamlined, intuitive, and fully scriptable texture baking experience.
  • NEW | Weighted normals modifier: Built-in weighted normal calculator that can be directly applied to 3D models allowing you to create precise designs.


Animation and effects

  • 3ds Max Fluids: Create realistic liquid behaviors such as water, oil, lava as well as replicate gravity and collisions effects. (See video: 13 sec.)
  • Character animation and rigging tools: Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT, biped, and crowd animation tools.
  • General animation tools: Use keyframe and procedural animation tools and also view and edit animation trajectories directly in the viewport.
  • Motion Paths: Preview and adjust animation paths directly in the viewport.
  • Particle Flow effects: Create sophisticated particle effects such as water, fire, spray, and snow.
  • New plugins: Access hundreds of industry leading 3rd-party plugins from our extensive community.



  • Improved viewport quality: As part of our OSL integration, you can display procedural maps created with OSL at 1:1 quality using Nitrous viewport.
  • ENHANCED | Arnold for 3ds Max: Use Arnold GPU Renderer to view scene changes in real time, including lighting, materials, and camera.
  • ENHANCED | Activeshade viewport: An interactive rendering experience that allows you to see your scene in a near-final rendering quality as you’re working.
  • Physical Camera: Simulate real-life camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, exposure, and more.
  • 3ds Max Batch: Leverage the power of 3ds Max for automation by using 3ds Max as a true command-line tool.
  • Scene Converter: Seamlessly and consistently change materials, lights, cameras, renderers from one to another.


Workflow and pipeline

  • ENHANCED | Improved pipeline tools integration: Smooth, high-quality experience with added flexibility of tear-off viewports.
  • Alembic support: Alembic Version 1.7 now supports instances, allowing files to be drastically smaller while maintaining their original complexity.
  • Modern UI and workspaces: Create your own custom workspaces with a more modern, responsive, high-DPI-ready user interface.
  • CivilView workflow: Automatically populate parametrically generated details such as animated vehicles to scale with your environment.
  • Autodesk Viewer workflow: Share models and review feedback online with the Autodesk Viewer directly from the 3ds Max interface.
  • Updated project tools: Create new projects with greater folder structure flexibility, smarter project switching, and store custom data.


Design visualisation

  • Embellishments: Bring to life fine-tuned touches such as materials, lighting, and textures for photorealistic imagery.
  • Import capabilities: Import your CAD and BIM files and use it to create a general structure and enhance the details of your 3D design.
  • Physically based lighting: Simulate artificial lighting sources to accurately portray how light and shadows will interact with your designs.
  • Interactive rendering: See and make changes in your scene in near-final rendering quality in the render frame window while you work.
  • High-quality imagery: Advanced tools give you the built-in rendering power to create the highest quality photo-real visualisations.
  • Transform technical to visual: Rich and powerful toolsets allow you to model premium architectural designs with artistic control.


Games and entertainment

  • Powerful scene modeling: Easily model a place, person, or element with fast spline and poly modeling workflows.
  • Stunning characters: Create procedural animation and character rigging with CAT and biped tools.
  • Physically based rendering: Quickly iterate and see near-final quality renders of your game assets right in the viewport.
  • Dynamic visual content: Add shading and lighting to game assets with powerful texture baking tools.
  • Customisable pipeline integration: Get tighter pipeline integration with support for Python 3.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2021 software is supported on the following 64-bit operating systems and at a minimum, requires a system with the following 64-bit hardware:

Operating System See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.

Autodesk recommends the latest version of the following web browsers for access to online supplemental content:

  • Microsoft® Edge
  • Google Chrome™
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
  • Mozilla® Firefox®


CPU 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
Graphics Hardware Refer to 3ds Max Certified Hardware for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards
RAM 4 GB of RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)
Disk Space 9 GB of free disk space for install
Pointing Device Three-button mouse

Autodesk Licensing Explained

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Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


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What’s New in 3ds Max

Bake to Texture

Streamlined, intuitive and fully scriptable texture baking experience, with support for PBR ( Physically Based Rendering), Overrides and OSL workflows.


The online and offline installation process has been overhauled for a simpler and faster experience.

Scripting with Python 3

We are investing in improving 3ds Max’s Python support to offer developers and technical artists a modern and robust experience for extending and integrating 3ds Max into production pipelines.

Arnold as the Default Renderer

Presenting users with a modern and high-end rendering experience right out of the box.

Physically Based Rendering (PBR)

3ds Max 2021 adds several features to simplify the use of PBR workflows in the viewport when rendering, and when working with real time engines.

Improved Viewport Quality & Settings

Simpler viewport configuration workflows allow you to produce high quality and high-fidelity viewports which were previously cumbersome to achieve.

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