When you complete the initial design, layout, and modeling of a project in Revit Architecture, you can use Autodesk® 3ds Max®
or Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design to produce high-end renderings and add final details.
- 3ds Max is a 3D animation package that provides animation, modeling, and workflow functionality for complex problems in design
visualization and visual effects.
- 3ds Max Design is a 3D design visualization solution for architects, engineers, designers, and visualization specialists.
Designed for interoperability with FBX® files from Revit Architecture, 3ds Max Design preserves model geometry, lights, materials,
camera settings, and other metadata from Revit projects. With Revit Architecture and 3ds Max Design working together, designers
can extend the building information modeling process to include design visualization.
Note For simplicity, the following topics refer to 3ds Max Design, but this information applies to 3ds Max as well.
You can export a 3D view from a Revit project to an FBX file and import it into 3ds Max. You can then create enhanced renderings
of the design to share with clients in 3ds Max.
The FBX file format passes rendering information to 3ds Max, including lights, render appearances, sky settings, and material
assignments for the 3D view. By preserving this information during the export process, Revit Architecture maintains a high
degree of fidelity and reduces the amount of work required in 3ds Max.
There are some limtations created with Revit. For information on why these limitations occur and how to address them, see
Troubleshooting and Limitations