How to get 3ds Max Interactive

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Last modification: 13 Feb, 2018

So you've heard about 3ds Max Interactive and you want to get your hands on it, huh?

3ds Max is now combined with 3ds Max Interactive, a powerful VR engine that gives you the ability to go from Max to VR in just a few clicks. If you’re a current subscriber, you'll notice a new Interactive menu when you open 3ds Max 2018.1: this will launch 3ds Max Interactive, our new 3D to VR creative workflow for design viz artists like you.

Ready to take the leap? Starting today, you can download both 3ds Max 2018 Update 1 and 3ds Max Interactive as two separate downloads from your desktop account, provided you're a current 3ds Max, suite or collection subscriber.

Here's how to get set up:




Are you more of a step-by-stepper? Here's a how-to in a few steps:


1. Launch the Autodesk Desktop App.

2. Once in the Autodesk Desktop App, open the My Updates menu in the top left corner. Click on Autodesk 3ds Max 2018.1 Update, then click Update to start the download. 3ds Max 2018.1 will automatically install once the download is complete.

3. Don't have the Autodesk Desktop App? No problem. Open up a browser and head on over to your Autodesk Account.

4. Under Product Updates, locate 3ds Max 2018 Update 1 and click Download.

5. Once your download is complete, simply follow the install instructions.


6. Huzzah! You've got 3ds Max 2018 Update 1. Next, go ahead and launch 3ds Max.



1. Once 3ds Max is open, you'll notice a new welcome screen.


2. This will open up a browser, where you'll log in to your Autodesk Account. From here, click on All Products & Services (top left) and select the Downloads button on the 3ds Max tab.

3. Next, you'll see a pop-up for all available 3ds Max downloads. Find 3ds Max Interactive and click Download now. Follow the download instructions and click the Install button.




4. From here, you'll open up the 3ds Max Interactive installer. Follow the install instructions, enter your country, accept the License and Services agreement and click Next.

5. You'll need a serial number for this next step, but luckily you've already got one! Use your 3ds Max 2018 serial number from your Autodesk Account and click Next.

6. Once you receive a confirmation that your serial number has been found and activated, click Finish to complete your install. Sit back, relax, stretch, hydrate - oh, wait, it’s done installing already?

7. You'll get a notification once the installation has successfully completed, and now it’s time to launch 3ds Max Interactive.

8. It's happening!


9. Decisions, decisions. Pick the appropriate template for the type of project you want to create.

10… the sky’s the limit! Happy creating.




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Bonus: you'll walk away with solid understanding of the fluid workflow between 3ds Max's powerful 3D tools and with the new interactive toolset. Pretty sweet.

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| 3 years ago
I did exact steps as the video, but when I get to install it, its version and there is no where that I can update it or auto update! Now I cant open any of my Stingray files because they are done with newer version. This makes me very maaaad!! Why this is not like any other Autodesk app that You can go to a link and download it!? like stingray or any other software in the would!!? I have to put my serial number anyway, I don't understand why it has to be this way to install!? every company is making there best to make it easier to use their software and you just made it very harder! what was the point of all this change from Stingray to 3d max interactive!?
| 4 years ago
Hi Richard, for now they are quite similar, but Max Interactive will delve more on workflows intended for Max users creating design visualization.
| 4 years ago
Hi willcleaverautodeskcom, Technically you don't need 3ds Max to use the Interactive engine, although it's bet to combine the two to get the most out of it!
| 4 years ago
Hello ... give it updates for 3ds Max interactive? The "Check for update" menue open a link to Stingray updates (V 1.9). It is the same? Can i used this?
| 4 years ago
And Stingray? Its the same 3dsmax interactive with stingray?
| 4 years ago
I'm just logging in to install 3ds max for the first time. I would like to use 3ds max interactive. Can I just install 3ds Max interactive (the 2.6gb file) or do i need to install 3ds Max (the 11mb file that's at the top of the list first?