Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software helps architects, designers, engineers, and visualization specialists conceive and create everything from digital concept models for envisioning and clarifying creative ideas to compelling cinema-quality presentations that validate and communicate final designs. The software offers further benefits via digital continuity and consistency with the AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Revit®, and Autodesk® Inventor® families of software products.

Use Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to visualize and explore your architectural, engineering, and design ideas with expansive modeling, texturing, and iterative workflows. Graphite modeling tools provide more than 100 tools for freeform sculpting, texture painting, and polygonal modeling for heightened creativity. Organize and protect complex scenes within collaborative environments by grouping multiple objects into a single, access-controlled Container that improves performance and reduces memory requirements. Trust your final renders with Review technology, which offers support for ambient occlusion, HDRI-based lighting, soft shadows, mental mill® shaders, and more.

Autodesk 3ds Max Design software helps generate broader, more detailed contextual studies for your architectural, engineering, and design ideas. Import building information models from Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to view and revise your designs in precise detail. Use Exposure™ lighting analysis technology to more accurately predict the effects of lighting within your design, with intuitive analysis of sun, sky, and artificial lighting.

Advanced visualization techniques provided in Autodesk 3ds Max Design help you aggregate scene elements with a wide variety of 2D and 3D elements, while providing fully integrated workflows with the AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit product families. Create compelling, informative, and entertaining presentations complete with photorealistic particle effects, musical scores, ambient sound, and contextual narration to provide a more visceral visual experience of your design intent.

Explore, validate, and communicate your ideas with Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2010 software—a comprehensive 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution that supports the way architects, designers, engineers, and design visualization specialists approach their projects—from initial concept models to final, cinema-quality presentations. Digital continuity with the AutoCAD®, Revit®, and Autodesk® Inventor® software product families makes 3ds Max Design a key solution for seamless digital visualization workflow.

What's New in Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010?

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2010 software is a complete version of the award-winning Autodesk® 3ds Max® software—specifically tailored for architects, designers, engineers, and visualization specialists. Autodesk 3ds Max Design offers these professionals lighting simulation and analysis technology, as well as digital continuity with the AutoCAD®, Revit®, and Autodesk Inventor® product families. Now, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 introduces innovative new 3D design visualization tools for conceptual modeling and form finding, validating designs, and adding impact to final presentations.

Graphite Modeling
Create 3D models quickly and efficiently with the new Graphite modeling toolset. Graphite builds on the renowned 3ds Max polygon modeling functionality by delivering 100 new tools for advanced polygonal modeling, texture painting, and freeform design. Because the Graphite tools are always displayed in one centeral location, it’s easy to find the right tool for the job. Customize the tool display or hide the command panel and model in Expert Mode.

Simulate the lighting in your designs with confidence—Exposure™ lighting analysis technology has been validated by the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Canada’s leading organization for scientific research and development, and the same organization that has conducted validation studies on Radiance for lighting simulation. A feature unique to 3ds Max Design 2010, Exposure enables you to achieve more sustainable designs by analyzing how sun, sky, and artificial lighting interact with your design and exploring direct lighting effects right in the viewport. Load complex designs and watch lighting levels adjust in the scene as colors.

The new Containers toolset in 3ds Max Design facilitates collaboration and flexible workflows by enabling users to collect multiple objects of a complex scene into a single container. Place related objects?such as sections of a city?in a container and treat them as a single element. To improve scene performance, temporarily unload containers from the viewport display while maintaining their relationships to the scene and reload later when needed?saving memory, increasing viewport performance, and decreasing load and save times. Translate, delete, copy, or save container nodes; use containers to override object properties for scene organization without affecting layer organization (similar to a nested layer workflow); and reference multiple containers created by others into a single scene so users can work together in context. Users can access and edit each other’s container, allowing flexible workflows while also imposing constraints on what can be edited.

Review 3
Take the guesswork out of your final renders with Review 3, the third generation of Review technology and a major advancement in viewport display. In addition to a redesigned Viewport menu that significantly streamlines your workflow, Review 3 offers support for ambient occlusion, High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI)-based lighting, soft shadows, hardware anti-aliasing, interactive exposure control, and the revolutionary mental mill® shader technology.

Material Explorer
Quickly navigate all rendering-related assets in your scene, perform operations on multiple objects, and inspect?and even replace?individual materials. The Material Explorer simplifies the way you interact with objects and materials, making design iterations much easier, even in highly complex scenes.

xView Mesh Analyzer
Validate your 3D models prior to export or rendering with the xView mesh analyzer technology. This new functionality gives you an interactive view of potential design issues so you can make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes. The analyzer significantly improves the speed of testing models and maps. Test or query for flipped or overlapping faces and unwelded vertices. You can also add your own specific tests and queries.

Sync your audio playback with the viewport and render your track to match the playback speed with the new ProSound multitrack audio system. Add up to 100 audio tracks to your scene and animate the volume of each track; the technology also supports both PCM and compressed audio in AVI and WAV format with up to six output channels.

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Product Documentation:
•  Autodesk 3ds Max Design Brochure (3615 Kb)
•  Autodesk 3ds Max Design FAQ (120 Kb)