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Autodesk 3D Studio Max Training Course

3D Studio Max Training Schedule

3D Studio Max Training Course Synopsis

Learn to use the latest version of 3d studio max’s advanced tools for modeling and animating characters.You will receive hands-on training that addresses real world production issues. Learn the basics, and pick up a few new tips and tricks.

3D Studio Max Training Course Length and Time

This class is 3 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

What You Will Learn in This 3D Studio Max Training Course

  • User Interface
  • Modeling
  • Animation
  • Materials and Mapping
  • Rendering


Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Locations for this Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Prerequisites for this 3D Studio Max Training Course

While extensive experience with 3DS Max is not required, you’ll get the most out of this class if you have begun to experiment with he software at least a little bit. We start at the beginning and teach the fundamentals so it is appropriate for novice users.

Goals for this Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max Design

  • Overview
  • Visualization Workflow
  • The Autodesk 3ds Max Design Interface
  • Preferences
  • Setting the Project Folder
  • Configure Paths
  • Display Drivers
  • Viewport Display and Labels

Lesson 2 - Autodesk 3ds Max Design Configuration

  • Viewport Configuration
  • Viewport Navigation
  • Object Selection Methods
  • Units Setup
  • Layer and Object Properties

Lesson 3 - Basic Modeling Techniques

  • Model with Primitives
  • Applying Transforms
  • Sub-Object Mode
  • Reference Coordinate Systems and Transform Centers
  • Cloning and Grouping
  • Poly Modeling with Graphite Tools
  • Statistics in Viewport

Lesson 4 - Modeling From 2D Objects

  • 3D Modeling from 2D Objects
  • Drawing 2D Lines
  • The Lathe Modifier
  • 2D Booleans
  • The Extrude Modifier
  • Boolean Operations
  • The Sweep Modifier
  • Using Snaps for Precision

Lesson 5 - Assembling Project Files

  • Data Linking and Importing
  • DWG Link and Import Options
  • Importing and Linking Models from Autodesk Revit

Lesson 6 - Materials

  • Introduction to Materials
  • Understanding Maps and Materials
  • Managing Materials
  • Standard Materials
  • Material Shaders
  • Assigning Maps to Materials
  • Opacity, Bump, and Reflection Mapping
  • mental ray Materials
  • The Material Explorer

Lesson 7 - Mapping Coordinates and Scale

  • Mapping Coordinates
  • Mapping Scale
  • Spline Mapping

Lesson 8 - Introduction to Lighting

  • Local vs. Global Illumination
  • Fundamentals of Standard Lighting
  • Types of Standard Lights
  • Shadow Types

Lesson 9 - Advanced Lighting

  • Photometric Light Objects
  • Exposure Control
  • Daytime Lighting

Lesson 10 - Lighting and Rendering using mental ray

  • Fundamentals of mental ray
  • mental ray Interior Rendering
  • Controlling mental ray Quality
  • mental ray Proxies

Lesson 11 - Cameras and Rendering

  • Cameras
  • Background Images
  • The Print Size Wizard
  • Iterative Rendering
  • Single vs. Double-Sided Rendering
  • Rendering Options
  • Rendering Presets

Lesson 12 - Animation

  • Animation Controls
  • Walkthrough Animation
  • Animation Output


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

Upcoming Classes


Wed. Jun 06, 2018

Wed. Jun 13, 2018

Atlanta, GA $1499
Houston, TX $1795

Wed. Jun 20, 2018

Online $1499

Mon. Jul 09, 2018

Wed. Jul 11, 2018

Wed. Jul 18, 2018

Online $1499

Comments from Students

Covers a wide array of methods and tools to work and succeed with the program. Brett was ABSOLUTELY pleasant and patient.

- Anonymous, Apr 29, 2017

Better than searching through hours of youtube videos that may or may not answer answer our questions.

- Anonymous, Feb 04, 2015