Visualization Design Guide with Autodesk 3ds Max Design

How to Use Autodesk 3ds Max Design for Architecture Visualization

Created to assist teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, this resource provides instruction on using Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software for visualization in six comprehensive modules. Learn how to create a daylighting system, adjust a photographic exposure to produce optimal renderings, analyze materials, and finally, create an architectural animation that is so realistic you feel like you are walking through your structure. This resource will enable you to quickly and easily produce amazing renderings and have the model and materials behave in the most physically correct and realistic manner possible.

Student Workbook

Follow the six modules and 18 lessons through easy-to-understand project-based exercises.

Video Tutorials

Module 1


Module 2


Module 3


Module 4


Module 5


Module 6

BIM Curriculum

Learn how to fluidly design, communicate, analyze and plan using BIM models in an IPD framework. Use Autodesk Revit 2014 to access the functionality of all the Revit disciplines in one interface.  

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Sustainability Workshop

Learn the principles of designing a net-zero energy building and simulate your work digitally to evaluate its economic and ecological viability.

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