3ds Max for Beginners

3ds Max is the most powerful, and popular, architectural rendering software on the market. Understanding and effectively using this package is vital to any design firm that needs to present their 3D BIM concepts to clients, or the public, in photo-realistic or animated scenes. Before you can impress your potential clients with your design though, you need to know the basic skills and tools of how to set up and control your 3ds model.

This eight (8) hour course is delivered in four (4), two-hour long sessions that students can attend online, right from their own desk. A live instructor will explain different 3ds Max procedures and address questions as the class progresses.

Note: Instructor will present using 3ds Max 2020, and that version is recommended for all students.

Must attend all four sessions. 

Session 1: Understanding the Interface

  • Interface

  • Project folder

  • Setting up the initial setting for the software

  • Navigation tools

  • Selection tools


Session 2: Setting up the Model

  • Scene explorer

  • System and display units

  • Manipulation tools: move, rotate, scale, select and place, select and rotate, align

  • Viewports and view styles

  • Modeling techniques


Session 3: Working with Shapes

  • Introduction to the modifier Edit poly

  • Working with Shapes

  • Basic modifiers for shapes: extrude, sweep, lathe

  • Working with groups

  • Working with snaps


Session 4: Object Geometry

  • Cloning and objects

  • Working with parametric geometries

  • Modelling objects with parametric geometries and modifiers

  • Basic modifiers for geometries: bend, twist, taper, lattice, FFD, noise

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We also offer this training for individual firms who want to arrange a group session at a time that's convenient for them. Group rates are available. Contact us to schedule a group session.

ZenTek, LLC is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to offer CPC (also known as CEC/PDH depending on your state) credits for Autodesk Revit training courses. 

Online Training Cancellation Policy

Registration may be modified or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours prior to the start of class. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the start of class will result in a cancellation fee of 50% of the quoted tuition. No refunds will be given once a class has begun. ZenTek reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course for any reason.

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