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What’s New in 3ds Max 2022

3ds Max brings performance enhancements to a slew of modeling tools enabling artists to work faster, boost productivity and focus on being creative. This update includes a faster Smart Extrude experience, improvements to popular modifiers, a new Settings Recovery tool, and more. To learn more about the latest updates, read on.



Accelerated Workflows in 3ds Max


Faster Smart Extrude

From its initial release, Smart Extrude has enabled modelers to rapidly create in 3ds Max using the Editable Poly or Edit Poly modifiers. This update brings significant performance enhancements to Smart Extrude allowing artists to perform Smart Extrude actions to a selection of polygons on their models faster than ever before. Artists can also apply these actions utilizing higher polygon counts than what was previously possible.

Modelers will experience a speed improvement of over 20x when utilizing Smart Extrude to merge or cut into geometries, while also benefitting from further refinements to the final output result through a number of refined restitching operations.

Deformation Modifier Performance Improvements

Performance improvements to modifiers that deform meshes and utilize Explicit Normals in 3ds Max will enable artists to work 2 to 4 times faster when working with modifiers such as Skin, Path Deform, Bend, FFD (all types), Mirror, Noise, Skew, Taper, Twist, Affect Region, Linked Xform, Melt, Skinwrap Patch, Spherify, and Surf Wrap.

Enhanced Smooth Modifier

3ds Max is an important tool for artists to not only create content but also bring that content together for assembly from a variety of sources into final production. To help artists modify/clear explicit normal data from these sources, the Smooth modifier now clears Normal and Smoothing Group data when it is applied to an object (or a component selection). This enhancement to the Smooth modifier makes it easier for artists to apply new data.

Ignore Occluded

A new selection filter called “Ignore Occluded” has been added to the Edit Poly and Editable Poly modifiers in 3ds Max. When enabled, artists will be able to only select the components (vertices, edges, polygons) that are visible in their view. Requested by games and VFX customers, this new filter will improve poly modeling workflows.

Recover Factory Settings

Quickly and easily revert 3ds Max back to the initial startup configuration when corrupted application settings may be causing unexpected UI artifacts or performance issues. The Recover Factory Settings tool will re-initialize the applications settings and recover isolate user-defined scripts and icons without needing to navigate through installation or system folders.

Startup Failure Recovery

Similar to the Recovery Factory Settings feature, 3ds Max will detect and repair corrupt application settings that may cause 3ds Max to fail during a startup sequence. After a failure has been detected, users can optionally choose to recover the initial 3ds Max application settings and migrate their user-defined scripts and icons.

Additional Benefits & Enhancements

Support for Vertex Colors in FBX Imports
Vertex Colors are now supported in FBX imports from a broader set of sources, enabling greater collaboration opportunities across different creative tools with less compromise.

Multi-Threading of Noise Maps

Enhancements to the legacy Noise map provide better performance for procedural material authoring.



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Now Available: Enscape 3.0 New Features

Enscape 3.0 is now here! The latest version of Enscape, the leading real-time rendering and VR plugin for Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Archicad, and Vectorworks, comes with a brand-new look and feel that will help you design and visualize more intuitively.

With 3.0, you will benefit from a redesigned user interface with improved functionality to help complement your everyday workflow. Read on to learn more about the newest version of Enscape (and if you’re not already using Enscape, start today with a free 14-day trial!).

More intuitive workflow

With the release of Enscape 3.0, an important milestone has been reached as Enscape introduces a new and improved user interface for a more intuitive workflow.

With previous versions of Enscape, certain features were accessible directly from the design software itself. To help improve your rendering workflow, Enscape has moved a few commonly-used features to the Enscape rendering window for quicker access – exports, video editor, VR, and visual settings. Additionally, you can now create a view directly from the rendering window with 3.0.

Enscape Visual Settings

UI Overhaul 

More of a revamp than a complete redesign, the UI overhaul will give you a better real-time rendering experience. The fresh look brings you style consistency and a more intuitive way to navigate and interact with the product. 

  • Improved visual setting workflow management 
  • Relocation of functions from plugin toolbar to renderer toolbar 
  • New style icon in renderer 
  • New control styles in renderer 
  • New structure for displaying information in renderer (eg. panels) 


Local Assets 

Create a more authentic regional experience within your designs with the new Local Assets. Add buildings, vehicles, and vegetation (and more!) that are distinct to specific regions around the world. Celebrate different global cultures and mitigate cultural sensitivity within your projects.

Enscape Local Assets

Upload Management 

This new optional feature gives you the opportunity to organize your Enscape activity and sharing capabilities. This includes management for project related and distributable Panoramas and Web Standalones. 

  • Organizing uploads in folder structure 
  • Deleting uploads 
  • Generating new links for uploads 

Batch renderings for Vectorworks 

Vectorworks users can now enjoy the benefit of being able to render a set of images at the same time. Instead of rendering images one after the other, you can save time by rendering multiple images at once 

Faster loading for textures

Enscape now supports simultaneous loading of texture images (used in materials), which results in significantly faster loading times.

Setting presets connected to 3D views

Previously, visual presets, including fog, cloud, or lighting settings, were only applied when doing batch renderings. Now, the visual settings are applied in real time when switching between views.


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Introduction to Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality

Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed-reality (MR) represent both disruption and an opportunity for people who make things. Using these technologies, you can transform 2D designs into interactive, immersive digital models, giving context to your digital information.

So how does AR, VR & MR work? When do you use these technologies? How are people using it, and what are the benefits?

Read this article to get an introduction to these technologies and find out how it is reshaping the world of design.


How does AR, VR, and MR work?

Augmented Reality

AR adds digital elements to the real world and projects them onto your line of sight. Using AR, workers can view an overlay of 3D models and project information at a job site.

Virtual Reality

VR replaces the real world with a simulated one in 3D. With VR, you can experience a simulation of a factory you’ve designed—with machines running—all before it’s built.

Mixed Reality

MR is a hybrid of virtual reality and augmented reality. Using MR, you can touch a real table and use it as an interface to manipulate a digital model.

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When do you use AR, VR & MR?

Conceptual Design

Designing in 3D helps you understand the overall scale, view how design changes in real-time, and experience your design as if it has already been built.

Design Review

Eliminate expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes from the design review process by visualizing at scale in 3D.

Training & Simulation

With VR, users can train in dangerous and complex environments, practicing their skills within the safety of a virtual world.

Immersive Storytelling

AR and VR can help you tell immersive and engaging stories about your design, product, or game. As you market your project, customers can give feedback in real-time.

Remote Systems Control and Analysis

With VR, you can remotely monitor, control, and analyze dangerous or inconveniently located systems from a safe environment.


How are people using AR & VR?

Big data and VR in architecture

Big data is transforming how architects design buildings, but the combined forces of big data and virtual reality will advance the architectural practice by leaps and bounds.

Five ways AR and VR improve reality

Recent technological advances, coupled with a proliferation of affordable hardware and software, have made immersive technologies like AR, VR, and MR more commercially feasible than ever.

Humans and machines unite in the workforce

Learn how the current trends in technology—including VR, AR, and MR—have the potential to create stronger connections between people and machines.


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What AR & VR tools do you need?

Enscape integrates seamlessly into your current design program from Revit to Rhinoceros, SketchUp, Archicad, and Vectorworks.

One-click starts Enscape; you are just seconds away from walking through your fully rendered project – no uploading to the cloud or exporting to a separate program. Any changes you make in your CAD program are instantly visible in Enscape.

Fast and Affordable Rendering in No Time
Enscape accelerates your workflows to lightning speeds, thanks to a real-time link and super-fast rendering times. Render in seconds, not hours.

No Training Required
The simplicity of Enscape has made it a favorite for many firms. Enscape doesn’t require any extra training; start it alongside your CAD program and create stunning renderings in a flash.

Efficient Collaboration
Make sure all of your designers are on the same page, especially when a client presentation is in the works. The live updates make it possible to incorporate and visualize client feedback instantly.

Explore your design in the compelling realism of virtual reality. Connect a VR headset like the Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive in a snap and get ready to walk or fly through your project.

With Enscape’s real-time technology, your project is visualized as a fully-rendered 3D walk-through, which can be navigated and explored from every angle, at any time of day.



More than just cool technologies, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) are changing how we design, create and experience everything.

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