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3ds Max Design Essentials

Course Description

Course Length = 4 days

CPC PDH Credits = 28

This course provides a fundamental understanding of utilizing 3ds Max for Design. Hands-on exercises throughout the course demonstrate the modeling process using techniques that can be applied to the mainstream drafting industries.

Training Objectives

The primary objectives of this course are to teach students how to:

  • Understand the basic functionality, features and  principles behind 3ds Max.
  • Create and manipulate 3D data in 3ds Max.
  • Import data from other 3D applications.
  • Embellish scenes with the use of materials and  maps.
  • Create adequate lighting for your environments.
  • Animate objects in the scene.
  • Render still pictures and animations to disk for  later viewing

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max Design

  • Section 1: Overview
    • Overview
    • Visualization Workflow
  • Section 2: The Autodesk 3ds Max Design Interface
    • Menus and Toolbars
    • Status Bar
    • The Command Panel
    • Setting the Project Folder and Configuring User Paths
    • Viewport Configuration and Navigation
    • Object Selection
  • Section 3: Basic Functions
    • Modeling with Primitives
    • Applying Transforms
    • Sub-Object Mode
    • Reference Coordinate Systems and Transform Centers
    • Cloning and Grouping
    • Box Modeling (Optional)
    • Statistics in Viewport

Module 2: Starting a Visualization Project

  • Section 1: Autodesk 3ds Max Design Configuration
    • Video Modes
    • Preferences
    • Configure Paths
    • Units Setup
    • Customizing the User Interface
  • Section 2: Assembling Project Files
    • Data Linking and Importing
    • DWG Link and Import Options
    • Layer and Object Properties
  • Section 3: 3D Modeling from 2D Objects
    • Drawing 2D Lines
    • The Lathe Modifier
    • 2D Booleans
    • Terrain Objects
    • The Extrude Modifier
    • Boolean Operations
    • The Sweep Modifier (Optional)
    • Loft Objects (Optional)
    • Using Snaps for Precision

Module 3: Materials

  • Section 1: Introduction to Materials
    • How Materials Work
    • Understanding Maps and Materials
    • Materials and Material Libraries
    • Managing Materials
  • Section 2: Material Types and Parameters
    • Standard Materials
    • Architectural Materials (Optional)
    • Multi/Sub-Object Materials
    • Opacity, Bump, and Reflection Mapping
    • mental ray Shaders and Materials
    • Arch & Design Materials
    • ProMaterials
    • Other Material Types
    • Creating a Decal Texture
  • Section 3: Mapping Coordinates and Scale
    • Mapping Coordinates
    • Mapping Scale
    • Spline Mapping

Module 4: Introduction to 3ds Max Design Lighting

  • Section 1: Autodesk 3ds Max Design Lighting Overview
    • Local vs. Global Illumination
    • Choosing a Lighting Strategy
  • Section 2: Standard Lighting
    • Fundamentals of Standard Lighting
    • Types of Standard Lights
    • Shadow Types
    • Photometric Light Objects
    • Exposure Control
    • Daylight Lighting

Module 5: Lighting and Rendering using mental ray

  • Section 1: Scene Preparation for mental ray
    • Fundamentals of mental ray
  • Section 2: Rendering with mental ray
    • mental ray Interior Rendering
    • Controlling mental ray Quality
    • mental ray Proxies

Module 6: Rendering and Animation

  • Section 1: Rendering
    • Iterative Rendering
    • Single vs. Double-Sided Rendering
    • Camera Parameters
    • Background Images
    • The Print Size Wizard
    • Selected Rendering Options
    • Rendering Presets
  • Section 2: Animation
    • Animation Controls
    • Walkthrough Animation
    • Animation Output


    • Getting Help with Autodesk 3ds Max Design
    • Object Substitution
    • Completing the Interior Scene
    • Camera Matching
    • Lighting Analysis
    • Creating a Shadow Study Animation
    • Creating Hierarchies
    • Animating Visibility
    • Creating an Assembly Animation


This course is designed for  beginner users who want to learn about 3D environments and 3ds Max  Design.

It is recommended that you  have:

  • Have a working knowledge of  a CAD application such as Autodesk AutoCAD or Autodesk Revit.
  • Microsoft® Windows

Course Cost

This 4-day course is $1345 per person.

Course Dates

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Note: The suggested course duration is a guideline. Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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