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Autodesk® 3ds Max®

Autodesk 3ds Max provides a rich and powerful API that can be used to automate repetitive tasks, and to extend the core functionality of 3ds Max. This functionality includes customization of 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, rendering, and many other areas. .NET API Assemblies are provided to allow automation style programming. The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides extensive C++ functionality and provides code samples and documentation to help you get started developing with the API for Autodesk 3ds Max. Read more...



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3ds Max related blogs:

GetCoreInterface” (3ds Max SDK) – Kevin Vandecar and Denis Grigor

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Drew Avis Christopher Diggins MaxStation (Technical Support)

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Video based Tutorials:

Samples and Documentation:

3ds Max SDK Training Webcast Archive
A complete 3ds Max SDK training on developing plug-ins based on C++ is provided in ten 1 hour segments. It includes exercises with solved projects.

English: Download
Japanese: Download
Training material: Download

DevTV: Introduction to 3ds Max SDK
This is a two-part video series that demonstrates fundamental aspects to the 3ds Max SDK by implementing a simple exporter.

English: Download
Japanese: Download

  • Learn more about 3ds Max API through 3ds Max SDK samples found in 3ds Max SDK.
  • There is also the online 3ds Max documentation which you can learn from: 3ds Max SDK Documentation
  • There is general product support information from: 3ds Max Knowledge base


The 3ds Max SDK is included in every 3ds Max release. There are two ways to install the 3ds Max SDK:

  • After the 3ds Max product installation, from the main page of the 3ds Max installer, click “Install Tools and Utilities” and choose “3ds Max Software Development Kit”.
  • Alternatively, you can also find the SDK in the extraction folder, under: <extraction folder>\<platform>\Tools\MAXSDK\SDK_3dsMax<version>.msi

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