Autodesk 3ds Max Design is used primarily for rendering your drawings created in AutoCAD or AutoCAD Architecture. Even though AutoCAD Architecture has very good rendering tools, it is not as robust as Autodesk 3ds Max Design. You can do the following in Autodesk 3ds Max Design:
Autodesk 3ds Max Design uses the “mental ray” rendering engine which can generate reflections, refractions and shadows by ray tracing. Ray tracing traces the path of light rays sampled from the light source. Reflections and refractions generated this way are physically accurate.
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