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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.

3ds Max 2020 Animation preview updates

The Create Animation Preview feature’s performance has been significantly improved in the latest 3ds Max 2020 update and houses new functionalities that will speed up your workflow.

Chamfer Updates

The latest Chamfer Modifier updates in 3ds Max 2020 make it more efficient and predictable for modeling.

OSL Updates

14 new OSL shaders added into the latest 3ds Max 2020 release, bring you more flexibility and customization for your rendering workflows.

Revit update

Various improvements have been added to 3ds Max 2020 allow for faster data import, and better organized and easier to manage scenes.

Additional 3ds Max 2020 updates

Other updates include:

  • MaxtoA PFlow instance node
  • Copy+Pasted modifiers maintain their custom names
  • Validity intervals (animation is only calculated if there’s a change in object location)
  • Autobackup is more responsive to ESC request
  • Civil View textures update to render with Arnold
  • Change colour of MAXScript listener window
  • 270+ 3rd party plugins launching around 3ds Max 2020
  • Public roadmap
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 2020 System Requirements

Autodesk 3ds Max 2020 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

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10


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


  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)

Graphics Hardware

  • Refer to Autodesk Recommended Hardware wizard for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards

Disk Space

  • 9 GB of free disk space for install

Pointing Device

  • MS-Mouse compliant Three-button mouse


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®
3ds Max 2020

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