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This class can be attended in a 4-hour / 8-day format.

See schedules below…




  • May 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 – 4 hours per day
  • June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12– 4 hours per day
  • June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 – 4 hours per day
  • July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 – 4 hours per day
  • July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 – 4 hours per day
  • August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 – 4 hours per day
  • August 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Sept. 2, 3, 4 – 4 hours per day
  • September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 – 4 hours per day
  • September 30, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 – 4 hours per day
  • October 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 – 4 hours per day




The Autodesk 3ds Max Design Fundamentals training class provides a thorough introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max Design software that will help new users make the most of this sophisticated application, as well as broaden the horizons of existing, self-taught users.



The practices in this training guide are geared towards real-world tasks encountered by the primary users of Autodesk 3ds Max Design: professionals in the Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Product Design industries. .



Experience with Microsoft Windows. This training is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11. Experience with 3D modeling is recommended.



Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max Design

  • Overview
  • Visualization Workflow
  • The Autodesk 3ds Max Design Interface
  • Preferences
  • Setting the Project Folder
  • Configure Paths
  • Display Drivers
  • Viewport Display and Labels

Autodesk 3ds Max Design Configuration

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

Basic Modeling Techniques

  • Model with Primitives
  • Applying Transforms
  • Sub-Object Mode
  • Reference Coordinate Systems and Transform Centers
  • Cloning and Grouping
  • Poly Modeling with Graphite Tools
  • Statistics in Viewport

Modeling From 2D Objects

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

Assembling Project Files

  • Data Linking and Importing
  • Linking Files
  • References


  • Introduction to Materials
  • Understanding Maps and Materials
  • Managing Materials
  • Standard Materials
  • Material Shaders
  • Assigning Maps to Materials
  • Opacity, Bump, and Reflection Mapping
  • mental ray Materials
  • The Material Explorer
Mapping Coordinates and Scale

  • Mapping Coordinates
  • Mapping Scale
  • Spline Mapping

Introduction to Lighting

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

Lighting and Rendering

  • Photometric Light Objects
  • Exposure Control
  • Daytime Lighting

mental ray Rendering

  • Fundamentals of mental ray
  • mental ray Interior Rendering
  • Controlling mental ray Quality
  • mental ray Proxies

Rendering and Cameras

  • Rendering Options
  • Rendering Presets
  • Iterative Rendering
  • Single vs. Double-Sided Rendering
  • State Sets
  • Cameras
  • Background Images
  • The Print Size Wizard


  • Animation and Time Controls
  • Walkthrough Animation
  • Animation Output

Optional Topics

  • Getting Help with Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Compact Material Editor
  • Architectural Materials
  • Object Substitution
  • Camera Matching
  • Lighting Analysis
  • Creating Hierarchies
  • Terrain Objects
  • Customizing the User Interface
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