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Autodesk 3Ds Max Essentials


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.


  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time: 3 Days (08:30 - 16:00)
    • Online: Course access for 12 Months
    • Part-Time: 3 Weeks (2 x evenings, 18:00-20:00 + 1 x Saturday, 08:00-15:00)
  • Course Prerequisites

    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

Our Delivery Methods

Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience, done during the traditional 08:00 – 16:00 working day.

Online Mentored Learning

Do a course at your pace via our “myWay Online Mentored Learning”, combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, an online course mentor, extra resources, questionnaires and more, all supported via out Online Student Portal.

Part Time Mentored Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.

Available Exams and Certifications

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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 and 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

  • Campus
    Start Date
    End Date
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  • 16 March 2020
    18 March 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 28 April 2020
    30 April 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 11 May 2020
    13 May 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • Campus
    Start Date
    End Date
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  • 02 March 2020
    04 March 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 09 March 2020
    11 March 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 11 March 2020
    09 March 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 21 April 2020
    23 April 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 13 May 2020
    15 May 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 27 May 2020
    25 May 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 08 July 2020
    06 July 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 26 August 2020
    28 August 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 09 September 2020
    07 September 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 09 December 2020
    11 December 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • Campus
    Start Date
    End Date
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  • 08 April 2020
    06 April 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 14 April 2020
    16 April 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 06 May 2020
    08 May 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 01 June 2020
    03 June 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 24 June 2020
    22 June 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 05 August 2020
    03 August 2020
    In-Class, Mentored Learning
  • 30 September 2020
    02 October 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led

Online Training Booking Form

By completing the below online booking, a booking confirmation will be sent out and an invoice will be generated. A place will be reserved on this course and you are expected to attend. If you require a quote first please contact The CAD Corporation offices and speak to a sales consultant.

Autodesk 3Ds Max Essentials

  1. By booking for this course, an invoice will be generated and you will be liable for the payment of this invoice. If you require a quote, please contact The CAD Corporation Offices.
  2. After the generation of the invoice a training confirmation will be emailed using the details provided above.
  3. The CAD Corporation retains the rights to change this calendar without any notification.
  4. Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
  5. All university students will receive a 10% discount for cash payments.
  6. The minimum notice of cancellation is 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. If you fail to do so the full amount is payable.
  7. Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

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