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The Autodesk® 3ds Max® Essentials learning guide provides a thorough introduction to the Autodesk 3ds Max 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 guide instructs you on how to effectively use the software interface and navigate through the scenes. It explores the creation of 3D objects and how to bring in objects from other software such as Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D. Additionally, it teaches you to prepare the scenes for renderings by adding materials, lights, and cameras. Finally, the guide covers an understanding of various renderers included with the software as well as image creation and animation techniques.




It is recommended that delegates have a working knowledge of one or more of the following:

  • Drafting, design or engineering principles
  • Experience with 3D modelling is recommended

Available Exams and Certifications

Course Outcomes

  • Introducing 3Ds Max as a BIM Tool
  • UI Tour and Project Navigation
  • Working concepts, key tools and Basic file setup
  • Basic object creation, transformation and modification
  • 2D Splines to 3D Modelling basics
  • Creating and manipulating Editable Polys
  • Importing and working with .DWG and .MAX files
  • Creating and applying Materials & Textures
  • Creating Light and Shadow
  • Camera setup, clipping and manipulation
  • Rendering images and simple animation


R7800 p/p Incl. VAT (Per Person)


Includes Certified eBook, Dataset USB


3 Days (08:30 - 16:00)

Skill Level

  • Beginners

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What is Autodesk 3Ds Max?

Meet 3ds Max 2017 and its new features, offering modeling, animation, rendering, and workflow improvements that will help users to work more efficiently and creatively than ever before.


Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.
  • The CAD Corporation retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.
  • For full day courses The CAD Corporation will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at The CAD Corporation only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.
  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, The CAD Corporation reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • The CAD Corporation suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. The CAD Corporation is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max as a BIM Tool

  • What is BIM and what does it mean?
  • The benefits of BIM
  • What will BIM and 3Ds Max deliver?
  • Industry drivers
  • Introducing Levels of BIM
  • Promises in terms of visual improvements


Lesson 2: UI Tour and Project Navigation

  • Introducing the menu and screen layout
  • Interrogating the model and viewports
  • Standard screen and command panel
  • Modelling toolbars
  • Time and animations controls


Lesson 3: Working concepts, key tools and Basic File Setup

  • Important working concepts
  • Surface modelling, object and material naming
  • 3Ds Max workflows
  • File management, units, backup, saving options


Lesson 4: Basic object creation, transformation and modification

  • Creating – the panel, names and colour
  • Transform – move, rotate, scale, gizmos, type-ins and angle snaps
  • Modify – overview, the panel, parameters, the modifier stack, gizmos and mesh density


Lesson 5: 2D Splines to 3D Modelling basics

  • Modelling background
  • Mesh Density
  • Object manipulation tools
  • 2D and 2.5D snaps
  • Alignment tool
  • Lines


Lesson 6: Creating and Manipulating Editable Polys

  • Poly modelling and the ribbon
  • Editable Poly
  • Poly sub-elements
  • Normals and backfacing


Lesson 7: Importing and working with .DWG and .MAX files

  • DWG Giles
  • Layers and 3Ds Max
  • DWG File Layers


Lesson 8: Creating and Applying Materials and Textures

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


Lesson 9: Creating Light ans Shadow

  • Basic lighting methodologies
  • Types of light, their use and three-point lighting
  • Shadows – options and Map shadows


Lesson 10: Camera setup, clipping and manipulation

  • Camera types – target and free
  • Viewport derived cameras
  • Lenses
  • Length and stock lenses


Lesson 11: Rendering images and simple Animation

  • Choice of renderer
  • Relationship of aspect ratio and image aspect
  • Output size and test renders
  • DPI for printing
  • Animation sizes
  • File types
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Centurion, Pretoria Office
13 Dec 2019
11 Dec 2019

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