3ds Max 2016 Extension 2

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Extension 2 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2016 is now available with a potpourri of new features to help your visualize data in new ways as well as be more creative. 

  • With fundamental improvements in the Max Creation Graph (MCG), users can now animate accurate simulation data like Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) data or other data inside their 3ds Max scenes. 
  • With the new built-in “Send To” Autodesk Print Studio button, users can quickly export and 3D print any of their 3ds Max creations. 
  • The new Texture Object Mask modifier allows users to position and animate textures on an object using other objects in the scene. 
  • The new TextPlus feature, introduced in Extension 1, now has the ability to use text strings and shapes to be used as a material map, creating material decals in your scene.   


MCG Enhancements

Max Creation Graph (MCG) was introduced in the 2016 release as a node-based, procedural content, programming view. Now in Extension 2, the functionality and capabilities have grown with the addition of procedural MCG shapes and splines. Bitmap handling and meshing also got a boost in functionality. Another addition to MCG is the ability to import data from bitmaps and simulation data like CSV or Open VDB files that can be tracked with your scene as assets so you can animate accurate simulation data inside the scene. Finally, you can easily add buttons to your MCG tools via the signal parameter, or color pickers via the new color parameter. 

Simple Simulation Data Import 

Autodesk CFD subscribers will be able to visualize their data in a whole new way with a new MCG toolset and 3ds Max features that make importing, parsing, and display of simulation data sets in 3ds Max much easier. Ideal for non-programmers, these tools can be used to animate simulation data in CFD, CSV, or OpenVDB formats. Apply render styles, CFD velocity fields, and animate airflow splines to make your data come to life while at the same time harnessing the capabilities of 3ds Max for realistic or artistic presentations. 

One-Click Print Studio Access

Ready to 3D print your model, scene, or creation? With Extension 2, you can launch Autodesk’s Print Studio application directly from 3ds Max with a single click. Don’t have Print Studio on your system yet? The new functionality will alert you to its absence and help you easily install it.

Text & Shape Map

Creating text or shapes as a map in your material is simple with the new text and shape map. Users can now create decals and text-based graphics using still or animated 2D objects. Removing the “baking” step means elements can remain interactive and linked to the original objects. Font changes, content revisions, and shape updates will be reflected automatically with this new functionality. When coupled with the new TextPlus tool, the Text and Shape maps give you true creative freedom. 

Texture Object Mask

Creating, placing and animating multiple materials has never been more fun, easy, and accurate with the new Texture Object Mask workflow. By combining the new Texture Object Mask map with objects in your scene, 3ds Max subscribers can quickly and accurately place and move unique textures to the destination object without worrying about material ID’s or complicated UV Mapping. From there, animating the material’s location is as simple as animating the parameters of the control object. Location, rotation, size, or any of the other defining parameters of the control object will have a direct impact on the materials it comes in contact with.

Text Tool

Speaking of TextPlus, there have been a few enhancements added for the extension 2 release. To make the search for desired fonts easier, font names are now displayed in the font itself. Generating geometry automatically disables when separating by character, word, line, or paragraph to eliminate duplicate geometry. Selecting animated tracks is now easier with offset controllers.  

Upload it now from your subscription account and enjoy.

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| 5 years ago
Install the Sp3. is run with Extension 2 and the template arch& design is work well. br. Mak21
Edited by TrkwGOBI 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
[b]Don't install SP2 for Max 2016! It has a nasty bug where the objects rescale by themselves.[/b] Try grouping them, then scale them down, and then ungroup them. They get automatically rescaled! Uninstalling SP2 here...
Edited by cmkmqRJ8 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Any news on the FIX for the Arch Design shaders that have been broken from SP2 EX2?
Edited by 04zWjhA1 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Any news on the FIX for the Arch Design shaders that have been broken from SP2 EX2?
Edited by 04zWjhA1 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
In your autodesk account, under products, click downloads on the suite you are using. That should pop up a window with the main downloads for that suite. There is a link "Updates & Add-ons", where you can search with filters. I set mine to 3dsmax and 2016. That brought up the download links for both Service Pack 2 and Extension 2. I'm using Product Design Suite Ultimate, and did not get updates in Application Manager, or in the Product Updates site, but I found them with that method. Hope this can help anyone.
Edited by pgJ9hMRh 5 years ago
| 6 years ago
Same here, my subscription site is never updated with new service packs or extensions. It's very frustrating. So I end up doing a google search which brought me here. Surly wouldn't write a blog post about an extension without posting a link to it? Nope, again frustrating. The support guy i'm working with on some issues directed me to the official Max download page, and guess what, that's right, no extension 2 for Max 2016. Every update is like this.
Edited by MScbcAKZ 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
Hi Eddie. Can't find 3dsMax2016 Ext2 in my AutoDesk Account. Is ext2 limited to some subscribers? (I'm using Infrastructure Design Suite Premium).
Edited by VnI3WvX8 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
You can download SP2 for 2016 here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/3ds-max/downloads/caas/downloads/content/3ds-max-2016-service-pack-2.html
Edited by YjODP7Id 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
After Installing SP2 and the ext2, I'm having problems with my Arch & Design templates. They don't seem to do anything anymore. Selecting a template won't change the material. Can anyone help me fix this issue???
Edited by 41jGwb2M 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
@eperlberg Thanks for the information, but maybe this should be mentioned in the readme too. After using the Autodesk Application Manager everything is working as expected. BTW I love working with 3ds Max and the way it is heading now :)
Edited by mUGoiLcR 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
I couldn't find any information about this: ist EXT1 included in EXT2 or do I have to install both after a fresh max2016 installation? Thank You!
Edited by 4cW8zZ0f 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
Service Packs are available and installed through the Autodesk Application Manager.
Edited by YjODP7Id 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
Max 2016 crashes after installing the extension! Where is the Service Pack 2 which is mandatory for this extension according to the readme? SP1 was 200 MB, so there is no SP2 in the 2 MB installer for sure. You did the same with ext1. There was no SP included too, you even wrote in the readme it will be installed and in another place it must be installed prior. Dear Autodesk can you at least get those little things straight, would be a start. From the Ext2 Readme [b]Important information:[/b] The Extension 2 for 3ds Max 2016 includes the 3ds Max® 2016 Product Service Pack 2. [b]Prerequisites[/b] 3ds Max® 2016 Service Pack 2 must be installed prior to installing the extension 2. It is included as part of this Extension installer. Extracting the msi file shows there is no sign of the SP. This could be funny if it wouldn't be so sad and I didn't have to work with this product.
Edited by mUGoiLcR 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
My max crashes on startup
Edited by FdEtzbtE 6 years ago
| 6 years ago
I installed this and then my max crashed during startup - every time. I uninstalled and now Max starts up correctly again. I sent a CER. [EDIT] Turns out I hadn't installed sp2 - duh. Works fine now.
Edited by LboC2cl3 6 years ago