V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max
  • V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max

V-Ray for 3ds Max Workstation


V-Ray Next Now Available. Purchase is for a 3ds max perpetual (non-expiring) license which includes 1 Workstation (GUI) license and 1 Render Node license. Additional render nodes can be purchased separately or bundled at a discount. V-Ray Next Scene Intelligence delivers faster ray tracing, cleaner sampling and more accurate rendering.

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V-Ray | License Options

 V-Ray Next for 3ds Max Perpetual

Introducing the next generation of rendering. Welcome V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

V-Ray Next Scene Intelligence delivers faster ray tracing, cleaner sampling and more accurate rendering. That means you work smarter — not harder — by automating steps that used to take up valuable time.

Perpetual Workstation Options

Perpetual Workstation License

Includes 1 Graphic User Interface (GUI) and 1 V-Ray Render Node.

Workstation + 5 Render Node Licenses

Includes 1 Basic Workstation License and 5 additional Render Nodes. Render on up to 6 of your machines.

Workstation + 10 Render Node Licenses

Includes 1 Basic Workstation License and 10 additional Render Nodes. Render on up to 11 of your machines.

**Users who purchased a V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max after December 13th, 2017 are eligible for a free upgrade of their Workstation(GUI) license to the new release, V-Ray Next for 3ds Max. (excluding any V-Ray Render node licenses). Email support@vray.us with your free upgrade request.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2019 support included.

Update Highlights:

Full Light Select Render Element – Render individual lights or groups of lights as separate render elements, with full support for global illumination, reflections and refractions for accurate light mixing in post

Cryptomatte – Automatically generate ID mattes with support for transparency, depth of field and motion blur. This will speed up workflows for compositors working in NUKE or Fusion

NVIDIA NVLink – Supports shared GPU memory across NVLink compatible graphics cards

What it’s used for:

  •       Architectural visualization
  •       Automotive and product design
  •       Industrial design
  •       Game cinematics
  •       Visual effects in film and television
  •       Virtual reality


Key differentiators:

  •       Render quality: Highest quality photorealistic images.
  •       Adaptive Lights: New algorithm dramatically speeds up rendering on scenes with many lights.
  •       Speed:  Harnesses the power of both Vray CPU and GPU.
  •       Cross-industry adoption: V-Ray for 3ds Max is used by architectural visualization studios, product designers and visual effects companies around the world to create photoreal imagery and animation
  •       Ease of use: V-Ray runs straight out of the box with just a few clicks.
  •       Full control: Three modes of GUI geared towards different types of users, from quick and easy set-up to full range of under the hood tweaks.
  •       Versatile: An all in one solution suitable for many industries.
  •       Flexibility: A universal renderer. Almost every studio has a V-Ray integrated pipeline.
  •       Technical support and community: Free technical support and knowledge resources, that goes far beyond installations and set-up. Chaos Group is famous for its quick response times and large community user base.


What pain-point or problem does V-Ray for 3ds Max solve?

  •       Quality renders with a high level of efficiency: V-Ray for 3ds Max provides extraordinary photorealistic renders quickly and easily. With just two sliders users have complete control over the quality or speed of their renders.
  •       Streamlined pipeline across different platforms: Most studios already have a V-Ray integrated pipeline. With the wide range platforms that V-Ray supports, it’s easy to merge assets or exchange projects for material coordination and consistency across platforms. For example, users can share materials or render geometry from V-Ray for Rhino to V-Ray for 3ds Max, or vice-versa. With the V-Ray scene manager it is possible to share a whole scene between V-Ray for 3ds Max or NUKE.


Interface with other V-Ray products

  •       V-Ray for 3ds Max can further enhance the Rhino or SketchUp workflow with the addition of V-Ray for Rhino or SketchUp
  •       Fluid, fire and smoke simulations can be added with Phoenix for 3ds Max 
  •       More lighting and shading options can be added during the compositing stage by using V-Ray for NUKE
  •       Professional image sequencing can be added with PdPlayer
  •       V-Ray for 3ds Max supports VRScans which allows for the most physically accurate materials to be used
  •       V-Ray supports numerous tools and provides optimized support for 3rd party plugins including NoZone, HairFarm and many more


 Online Licensing

Chaos Group now offers 2 licensing options: Dongle Licensing and Online Licensing.

With online licensing there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed. Online licensing is fast and secure, and your customers will be able to access their new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files.

 Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.  

Major Features

V-Ray 3.5 For Max IPR

V-Ray IPR - Fully interactive production rendering.

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max Resumable Rendering

Resumable Rendering - Stop your render at any point and pick up where you left off.

V-Ray AlSurface Material

AlSurface material - Anders Langlands' popular alSurface material w/built-in SSS.

V-Ray GPU Resolution

V-Ray GPU resolution - Adjust ActiveShade resolution on-the-fly while rendering.


V-Ray 3.6 for 3ds Max is a free update for all V-Ray 3.0 customers. Login at  chaosgroup.com to download.

Did you know?

V-Ray for 3ds Max allows for distributed rendering making it possible to render on multiple computers working in parallel. This makes rendering faster and more cost efficient. By purchasing a render node (instead of being obliged to purchase an entirely new floating license) the cost of rendering becomes 4x less expensive compared with a major competitor. 

Progressive Rendering 

 - The new Progressive Production Renderer is built on the same path tracing technology as V-Ray RT and it is a simple, intuitive solution for any scene. The Progressive Renderer is compatible with all V-Ray production features, including Irradiance, Light Cache, SSS, Render Elements, etc.


Faster Ray Tracing  

 - V-Ray 3.0 introduces a significantly optimized ray tracing core to speed up calculations for Brute Force GI, Progressive Path Tracing, Reflections, Refractions, and more. Depending on scene complexity, users are reporting speed increases up to 5X. 


Quick Settings 

- Quick Settings provide artists with production-ready presets and simple rendering quality controls all within a single compact interface. 


Advanced V-Ray Frame Buffer

 - Consistent color output is essential to artists’ workflows. V-Ray 3.0 has been expanded to utilize a variety of color definitions including LUTs (.cube), ICC Profiles (.icc), and OpenColorIO (.ocio). By default V-Ray 3.0 is set up for linear workflow, making it easier to ensure reliable, accurate colors. 


Render Mask

 - Render Mask uses an object selection, include/ exclude list, or texture map to control the exact pixels to be rendered.


Faster Hair 

 - V-Ray 3.0 introduces faster hair rendering speeds (up to 15x) and view-dependent tessellation that automatically smoothes hair curves.


Ray Traced SSS 

 - Improved Subsurface Scattering is offered, including options for object-based and ray traced illumination.


Max Ray Intensity 

 - Max Ray Intensity clamps secondary rays to remove noise generated by very bright sources. This removes artifacts while retaining dynamic range.



 - VRmats (formerly Vismats) are universal V-Ray Shaders for use across multiple applications. For example a VRmat material may be created in V-Ray for 3ds Max and transferred directly to V-Ray for Maya.



Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray.

Processor Intel® 64-bit or compatible processor with SSE2 support
RAM 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file
Operating system Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 Professional operating system
3ds Max 3ds Max ®2013/3ds Max Design® 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (64-bit) - Max 2019
USB port Required for hardware lock, preferably USB 2.0
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported.


 Note: V-Ray 3.6 requires V-Ray License server 4.4.1 

The requirements above are for the latest version of V-Ray in Max, but please note that V-Ray 3.3 is available for Max 2011+

Tutorials are also available on the Free Tutorials page

Light Select: Full Mode

V-Ray 3.6 for 3ds Max - Now Available

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max - Now Available

V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max - Denoiser

V-Ray 3.4 Denoiser Tutorial

V-Ray 3.2 vs V-Ray 1.5

V-Ray 3.2 vs 1.5 for 3ds Max - Compare Speed

V-Ray 3.1 for 3ds Max – Overview

V-Ray 3.1 for 3ds Max Overview

Displacement and Hair

Advanced V-Ray Frame Buffer

Tutorial: Volumetrics Part 1

V-Ray Tutorial: Volumetrics Part 1

Quick Clipper

Forest Pack Support

Max Ray Intensity

Rounded Corners & Edges Tex

V-Ray Quick Tutorial - Rounded Corners

Tutorial: Volumetrics Part 2

V-Ray Tutorial: Volumetrics Part 2

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V-Ray for 3ds Max Image Art by Lorett Foth V-Ray for 3ds Max Architecture V-Ray for 3ds Max Image by Marek Denko V-Ray for 3ds Max DEADPOOL V-Ray for 3ds Max Resumable Rendering

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Reviews (8)


Jul 26, 2018
Great render quality, fast, easy to use
Completely worth it. I don't regret my purchase at all! The render quality is amazing, it is fast, and easy to use.

Apr 24, 2018
Free upgrade
I just purchased a license and they told me I would get a free upgrade to the next version. SUPER HAPPY CUSTOMER

Oct 19, 2017
Tech support
Please let me compliment you and your staff in providing assistance today regarding the technical session on distributed and network rendering. It was set up quickly, was very informative and of great assistance to my IT staff as well as one of the Architects.

Aug 22, 2017
Essential software for Max
V-Ray is pretty much an essential plugin for Max these days. V-Ray is constantly updating and improving features. They always make claims that it render 50% faster or is 45% more efficient than the previous version and they are surprisingly right, every time! The sales rep here is excellent and always kind and responsive. 10 out 10, would shop here again!

Jul 8, 2017
Online license
I currently own Vray. When can I get the online license?
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