Autodesk has announced the release of 3ds Max 2022. New features include revamped versions of the Slice, Symmetry, and Relax modifiers, as well as useful enhancements to the Smart Extrude tools.

Smart Extrude gains two new functions. When extruding inwards, it is now possible to cut through, delete and stitch the opposite faces to create a hole, similar to a boolean subtraction. Conversely, if an outward extrusion completely penetrates another part of the mesh then a bridge is formed, similar to a boolean union.

The slice modifier has been updated with a new Radial Slice option. For planar slicing, it is now possible to slice on the X,Y, and Z axis in a single modifier. In the past, you’d need to stack up 3 separate modifiers to achieve something similar. Also new is the ability to automatically cap the sliced faces. The Symmetry modifier gains similar features, with the ability to use multiple symmetry planes in a single modifier. Both modifiers are able to align their gizmo to faces or to be influenced by the transforms of another object in a scene.

The Relax modifier has also been overhauled with a new Preserve Volume option that can reduce noisy models without affecting larger details. According to Autodesk it is designed to work well with scan data and can help improve the processing time of the recently introduced Retopology Tools.

The performance of these modifiers has been improved too, as it has for the revamped Extrude modifier which boasts performance improvements of up to 100 times plus an improved capping algorithm. 

Protection Against Malicious Scripts has been improved including Malware Removal that automatically detects and eliminates malicious scripts from scene files and startup scripts. Scene Script Execution offers further protection against malicious scripts embedded in 3ds Max scene files.

Arnold has been updated with a new render configuration window with a faster QT-based UI,  quicker and more responsive QT-based Quicksilver render settings,  and the ability to sync Viewport bloom settings to Quicksilver settings. The Arnold RenderView now includes the ability to relight images using light mixing, denoise images, and add bloom effects.

Other features in this release include pre-configured maps for the bake to texture tool, improvements to viewport AO and floating windows that can now be viewed full screen without a border using a hotkey. 

You can see a list of what’s new for each release on the 3ds Max blog.

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