by Mayor in Articles,

on January 17th, 2017

If you have decided to use Autodesk 3DS Max as your production tool, then is important to familiar yourself with  the use of plugins within the software.

As discussed from our previous tutorial on how to select your 3D software Autodesk 3DS Max is among the most powerful 3D packages with lots of great functionalities and ability to streamline complex and large production.

Below are the collections of some widely used plugins for Autodesk 3DS Max used.

 1. GroundWiz

GroundWiz is a add on plug-in for 3ds max for making terrain scenes with ease and precision. This tool consist of three main parts which are: GroundWiz Procedural Terrain MapGroundWiz Planter and GroundWiz Variation Map for 3ds Max. Download

2. Low Poly City Builder v1.0

Plugin with tons of good polished 3D low poly buildings and assets1000 to make your life easier and faster development of your proyects

NO SKILL REQUIRED and NO SKILLS NEEDED if you haven’t ever use 3D max studio that doesent matter you will not need any study of it for using this pluging, easier than playing lego. All is pre maded… :)

Low Poly City Builder v1.0

Its a low poly city fully modeled ready to render on 3d max studio, LPCB is a plugin that contains tons of good polished low poly buildings and assets to make your life easier and faster development of your proyects.

Its works on a sytem grid that give you flexibility to place any object on the grid and make the seems place correctly.

That means that all the models have small amounts of poligons making all the scenes smallers in size an faster for all computers to process the info.

This will allow you to create fast and easy the terrain for your city with the proper size of maps and auto-applying materials, even auto hights. Download

3. SolidRocks

This tool comes with modular GUI which make it useful to make settings to stay concentrated on creation instead of loosing time on tedious technical setting. Download

4. Ivy generator

This is a plugin “grows” ivy on 3d objects. Just place the seed next to the model, click “grow ivy” and let it do the job. If you need it not to grow around some 3d models in your scene, just freeze them. The interface is very simple and intuitive, so you won’t have any trouble finding your way around it. Download

 5.  Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a spline based plugin that generates splines over the object that user wants. User has full control over the points that are attached to the splines. Labyrinth is an ideal tool for creating spider webs, ropes and cool abstract effects. This tool is available for 3ds max 2012-2014 (64 bit). Download

6. Vue xStream

Vue xStream is a great tool for creating and rendering realistic environment and this tool is commonly used by well known 3d studios and CG artist. Download

7. Krakatoa

This plugin was developed by Thinkbox Software to provide a pipeline for acquiring shading, deforming, culling, caching and rendering particles system including dust, silt, ocean surface foam etc. This little tool integrate well with the Particle Flow, the default 3DS Max built-in Event -Driven Particle System and also provide a platform for 3D artist to share particle with other 3D and simulation applications. Download

8. Rayfire

If you are looking for interactive demolition effect  such as bomb, cracks etc then Rayfire is the best plugin to consider. Download

9. Wrapit 1.5

 Wrapit is a toolset for 3DS Max used for conforming meshed to other meshes and this is useful for retopologizing  meshes created in Zbrush, Mudbox etc and creating low poly objects from it. Download

10. Dreamscape

DreamScape is one of the best plugins for creating and rendering realistic seascapes, skies, clouds, landscapes etc. The new version of this tool (DreamScape Terra) uses new rendering technologies to reduces the CPU memory load. Download

11. MultiScatter

MultiScatter is another 3ds max plug-in used for creating complex scenes with huge amount of identical objects. This plug-in works will with V-Ray and Mental Ray rendering system. Download

12.  Afterburn

AfteBurn is production tool used for creating effects such as fire, dust, explosions etc. This tool has been used in cinematic productions such as Matrix Reload, Armageddon, Dracula 2000 and various IMAX movies & games such as Warcraft3, Starcraft, Sin and many others. Download

13. Realflow

Real is one of the most popular fluid simulation software and has been used in many movie productions including game productions.  Download

14.  RailClone Lite

RailClone is another toolset used in 3ds Max for parametric modeling based on the geometry parts which are defined by user. This plug-in will help you build complex structures for Civil Engineering, Architecture Visualisation etc. Download RailClone Lite, the free version of the plugin and use it in your personal and commercial projects. 
If you are new to RailClone, see the Getting Started guide for videos, tutorials and more help in your first steps using the software. Download

15. MadCar 3

MadCar 3 is a tool for 3DS Max for rigging of wheeled vehicles and their animations by simulating the control. Demo version for MadCar 3 is now available from Download tab (login required) , as well as MadCar 1 (free version) for 3ds Max 9 only. Download

16. Bones Pro

BonesPro is the most sophisticated and optimized technology for organic skinning of characters and objects in Autodesk 3ds Max.Download

17.  Citytraffic

CityTraffic is a plug-in for 3ds Max for simulating car traffic flow on the roads and off-roads.Download

18. AR-media


Armedia enable user  to create their own augmented reality models that can be viewed on their own desktop with the help of a webcam and by printing a suitable code. Download

19. Pulldownit



Pulldownit  dynamic solver used to create fractures and simulates rigid bodies. It comes with tools like Shatter it! which is a Voroni-based pre cutting tool and some more useful features which allow user to create cool looking fracture effects. Download

20. Cebas Thinking Particles 5

Thinking Particles is a particle simulator which offers non-linear particle dynamics. Unlike 3ds max native particle flow, TP operates particles on the basis of rules and conditions. It’s an ultimate pack for creating rigid-soft bodies, vehicle simulations, vertex particles, fragments and many more. Download

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Rodolfo Rodriguez
14th Mar, 2019 12:38PM

Nice selection. Thanks! I would also recommend 'TurboSplines' plugin, from Spline Dynamics. http://www.splinedynamics.com/turbosplines/