This introductory course into 3ds Max provides you with the fundamentals in 3ds Max to import 3D models from other CAD applications, do basic 3D modelling, setup scenes and materials to do realistic photo rendering and animations.

The topics and exercises in this course are centered around the AEC industry (architecture, interior design and civil engineering)

Course Length: 4 Days

Prerequisites: Experience with 3D modelling

Training Guide Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max

  • Overview
  • Visualization Workflow
  • The Autodesk 3ds Max Interface
  • File Commands
  • Configure Paths
  • Display Drivers
  • Viewport Display and Labels

Chapter 2: Autodesk 3ds Max Configuration

  • Viewport Navigation
  • Viewport Configuration and Settings
  • Object Selection Methods
  • Units Setup
  • Layer and Object Properties

Chapter 3: Assembling Project Files

  • Data Linking and Importing
  • Linking Files
  • References

Chapter 4: Basic Modeling Techniques

  • Model with Primitives
  • Modifiers and Transforms
  • Sub-Object Mode
  • Reference Coordinate Systems and Transform Centers
  • Cloning and Grouping
  • Polygon Modeling Tools in the Ribbon
  • Statistics in Viewport

Chapter 5: Modeling From 2D Objects

  • 3D Modeling from 2D Objects
  • The Lathe Modifier
  • 2D Booleans
  • The Extrude Modifier
  • 3D Boolean Operations
  • Using Snaps for Precision
  • The Sweep Modifier

Chapter 6: Materials

  • Understanding Materials and Maps
  • Material Shaders
  • Managing Materials
  • General Materials
  • Scanline Materials
  • Autodesk Materials
  • Assigning Maps to Materials
  • Opacity, Bump, and Reflection Mapping
  • Arnold Materials
  • The Material Explorer
  • Scene Converter

Chapter 7: Mapping Coordinates and Scale

  • Mapping Coordinates
  • Mapping Scale
  • Spline Mapping

Chapter 8: Introduction to Lighting

  • Local vs. Global Illumination
  • Standard Lighting
  • Types of Standard Lights
  • Shadow Types

Chapter 9: Lighting and Cameras

  • Photometric Light Objects
  • Arnold Lights
  • Cameras
  • Background Images

Chapter 10: Exposure Control, Daylight, and Rendering

  • Exposure Control
  • Daytime Lighting
  • Rendering Options
  • Arnold Renderer
  • Scanline Renderer
  • ART Renderer
  • State Sets
  • The Print Size Wizard

Chapter 11: Animation

  • Animation and Time Controls
  • Walkthrough Animation
  • Animation Output

Appendix A: Optional Topics

  • Getting Help with Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Compact Material Editor
  • Architectural Materials
  • Object Substitution
  • Creating Hierarchies
  • Customizing the User Interface

Appendix B: Optional Practices

Appendix C: Autodesk 3ds Max Certification Exam Objectives

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