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3D Modelling & Rendering Tools | 3ds Max

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

3ds Max has powerful rendering and 3d modelling tools for creating professional-quality 3D animations and models. Learn more about 3ds Max features.

Chamfer and Modeling Improvements

Building upon changes from the 2020 release, the new enhancements to the leading chamfer technology now offers more support for more types, to add detail and refinement to Poly models.

Improved Viewport Quality & Settings

Changes to the viewport configurations include saving presets, Ambient Occlusion visibility now always on and new roughtness support for physical material – allowing for high quality and high fidelity viewports and with simpler workflows.

Bake to Texture

Introducing a new streamlined intuitive and fully scriptable texture baking features, that support PBR and OSL workflows

Scripting with Python 3

Python 3 is now part of this release, with an improved pymxs API that gives access to all the 3ds Max features – a modern experience for developers and technical artists.

Additional 3ds Max 2021 updates

Other updates include:

  • A revamp of the installation process means quicker and easier experience to get the software up and running in no time.
  • Arnold 6.0 out of the box.
  • Several additions to the Physical Based Rendering (PBR) workflows.
  • New OSL shaders that support a much  more appealing and useable UI.
  • Big improvements in speed when saving scene files with a very large number of assets.
  • Added support for weighted normals to be calculated and applied to models.
  • Enhancements to the ATF-based SketchUp importer that comes with 3DS Max.
  • New Substance2 map type, performance improvements, and many new capabilities.
  • ProSound Improved audio support.
  • FBX improvements in the UI, and added supports for Shell, PBR and OSL exports.
  • Plugin compatibility with 3ds Max 2020, and improvements to Plugin Packaging.
3ds Max - Features - TExture Assignment
Texture assignment and editing

Explore an advanced texturing toolset.

Placement tools

Easily position and orient content.

Point cloud support

Create models from point cloud data.

Populate crowd animation

Generate believable human motion

Populate enhancements

Create more convincing crowds.

Quad chamfer

Create a chamfer between quad surfaces.


Intuitively create advanced HLSL shaders

AutoCAD and Revit interoperability

Import Revit files directly into 3ds Max.

Enhanced scene management

New nested layers in Scene Explorers.

Improved ActiveShade rendering

Iterate quickly with interactive rendering

Flexible camera matching

Place CG elements into photo backgrounds.

Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

Simulate and analyse sun, sky and artificial light.

DirectConnect support

Exchange industrial design data with engineers.

Stereo Camera

Create engaging 3D content.

3ds Max - Features - Design Workspace
Design Workspace

Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max.

Civil View feature set

Turn civil design geometry into precise 3D design.

One-click Print Studio access

Launch Print Studio directly from 3ds Max

Accelerated viewport performance

Interact more fluidly with your scene

3ds Max 2021 System Requirements


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®



64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set


4 GB of RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)

Disk Space

9 GB of free disk space for install


Refer to 3ds Max Certified Hardware for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards

Pointing device

Three-button mouse

3ds Max 2020

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