Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render is the go-to rendering solution for quick and easy scene setups and the highest quality, photorealistic results in the shortest amount of time.

Product Overview


Maxwell Render is a standalone render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline.

Maxwell Render offers maximum quality, speed, and compatibility for architects, designers and visual effects artists.

Maxwell Render is perfectly adapted for 3D visualizations in design and architecture, as well as for film, animation and VFX.

Maxwell Render plugs into numerous 3D and CAD platforms, which means you can work with Maxwell Render directly from your usual application.

And for any platforms that aren’tt support directly, you can import to Maxwell Studio, their sophisticated standalone scene editor, to compose, edit and render.

And uniquely, this is all available from a single license purchase.


It saves you time…

Maxwell Render uses no tricks and no approximations, it just does what real light does. From the core render engine to the camera model, everything in Maxwell Render is real world and correct. This is our obsession.

So that makes for great photorealistic images, ok. But getting images this good is complicated and takes forever, right? Well, no. In fact, with Maxwell you’ll be counting the time you save in days, not minutes. The entire Maxwell Render work process is revolutionary- saving you time and money at every turn, from production times to decision cycles.

It speaks your language

Maxwell Render is all about the real language of light. There are very few technical concepts and you don’t need to be a CG technician to use it. Maxwell Render works just like a camera, with lenses, shutter speeds and f-stops, so it’s quick and easy to learn. If you are a photographer or cinematographer, then you’ll be talking the same language!

It’s predictable and reliable

That’s the thing about following the laws of physics – it means you can rely on the results. You won’t get any weird results or surprises, so you can forget constant re-rendering and waiting around for tests. You can come back to your finished render and find exactly the result you wanted. Every time and on every frame.

And if you’re dealing with animation/motion graphics, this means no flickering.

Quick and simple set-up

Maxwell Render has just one basic render parameter. Being based on the natural behavior of light means that you can forget a whole heap of abstract parameters like bounces, or choosing algorithms. You just decide on the quality/sharpness you require, and Maxwell does the rest. It’s like a breath of fresh air!

Revolutionary workflow

The Maxwell Render engine calculates your image progressively, much like a classic photograph in the developer fluid. This means that you can see the essence of your final image in seconds, so you don’t have to wait for it to finish like most other render engines. So you can make decisions much faster.

And with their real-time interactive preview, this experience just gets better!

It’s totally unrivaled

Maxwell Render is the best quality renderer on the market. It’s an industry benchmark, and creates photorealism like no other.


Based On Reality

Reality means predictable, reliable first-time results. With Maxwell Render, you can focus your valuable time and energy on creating your vision, not struggling with obscure computer graphics terminology and tweaking parameters.

"Real-Time" Scene Preview

Maxwell FIRE gives you immediate feedback in the renderer for adjustments to lighting, materials and camera settings. And unlike other interactive style renderers, Maxwell FIRE is compatible with ALL Maxwell materials and features.


The highly acclaimed Multilight™ feature removes the need to re-render an image when light changes are required. Multilight™ allows you to change the intensities of lights and scene emitters during and after the rendering process, so you can tweak the lighting set up over and over, saving out as many images of the same scene as you like-all from just a single render.

Materials Made Easy

The Maxwell Material system is intuitive and easy to use, consisting of components that can be stacked much the same as the layers in an image editing program. Maxwell Materials are based on real optical properties, creating unrivalled realism. And you have free access to over 3500 ready to use materials online.

Advanced Ray Tracing Technology

The advanced ray tracing technology which forms the core of Maxwell Render's engine is so powerful that it is capable of simulating light exactly as it is in the real world. No tricks. Just real world physics. Which is why Maxwell Render is the benchmark in render quality.

Memory Saving Instances

Instances are a great way to save memory when rendering. With 10,000 instances of 1 object, Maxwell Render will consume the same amount of memory at render time as if it was rendering only the 1 object. Instances are great for creating vegetation, bricks, furniture or any other extensively repeated geometry in your scene.


Be confident that your simulations truly reflect reality. Maxwell Render's incredible lighting accuracy means that your materials will look the way they are supposed to, and every detail of your textures and models will play a part in bringing your render to life.

Fast Scene Setup

Computer time is less important and far less expensive than human time. The entire Maxwell Render approach (real world camera, emitter and material parameters) is geared up to save you time on your projects by giving you accurate, predictable results. Don't spend your valuable time endlessly tweaking dozens of parameters, just set your scene with simple Maxwell settings - and move on to your next project!

Realistic Camera Model

The camera in Maxwell Render has all the parameters you would expect in a real camera - f-Stop, Focal Length, Shutter speed, ISO, film size, diaphragm blades. This means that DOF, bokeh and the exposure match your live footage - making the compositing stage far quicker and simpler.

Powerful Compositing

We offer plugins for NUKE, After Effects and Photoshop which can load Maxwell Render's high dynamic range format (MXI). In addition to the main render, this format also supports a number of different render channels such as Z-buffer, Alpha, Normals, Position, Motion vectors and Shadows. Working directly with the MXI format in your compositing also means you have access to the Multilight™ feature, allowing you to re-light your scenes in real time, directly in your compositing application.

Flexible Pipeline Integration

Pipeline support has vastly improved with the release of Maxwell Render 2.6, which now has a Python SDK with online documentation. With Python you have access to almost all the features of Maxwell Render, allowing you to write custom tools such as extracting certain channels from an MXI sequence, rendering a turn-table animation of all your scene assets for easy referencing, creating materials on the fly, network render management and much much more.

Accurate 3D Motion Blur

Maxwell Render's accurate 3D motion blur can now handle unlimited sub-steps, and can be set for both a still camera to mimic long exposure effects such as trails of light, and a film camera to show the motion blur effect of fast moving objects. The amount of motion blur is directly controlled from the camera, by either the shutter speed or the rotary shutter angle.

Hair / Fur Rendering

Maxwell Render's hair rendering tool is compatible with many of the most popular hair systems (Maya Shave and a Haircut, Maya hair, 3ds Max hair, CINEMA hair, or Ornatrix). Hair systems are automatically converted to the Maxwell Hair primitive which is highly optimized in terms of memory consumption and speed, and of course, offers totally unrivalled quality. The hair primitive has actual thickness so any Maxwell material can be applied to it, including transparent, refractive materials.

Perfect Particles

Particles from Maya, 3ds Max, Houdini and Softimage can be rendered directly with Maxwell Render's dedicated particle primitive to which you can apply any Maxwell material.


The displacement feature in Maxwell Render is both flexible and powerful - it offers two methods for displacement: on the fly and pretessellated. With on-the-fly displacement you can have virtually unlimited displacement detail with no extra ram usage, while pretessellated offers the benefit of speed together with the possibility to render vector displacements.


The Maxwell Render grass generator allows you to quickly create grass on a selected piece of geometry. Designed to offer maximum control over the look of the grass - from impeccable detail on close-up shots to fast-rendering further away from the camera. Compatible with Maxwell Studio and almost all supported plugins.

Down to Earth and Physically Correct

The physical sky system in Maxwell Render uses a novel approach, offering a wide range of real-life, physically-correct variables to control the look of the sky and lighting in your scene. You can control your position on Earth (location and time), the sun's aspect, and the atmospheric conditions.

Maximum Authenticity

Maxwell Render's SimuLens™ feature allows you to produce even more realistic, authentic images - simulate glare effects by setting the shape of the camera diaphragm, or add obstacles in the lens such as dust, water drops or fingerprints.


Maxwell Render's powerful networking capabilities are multi-platform, allowing for a mixture of Windows, OSX and Linux in the same network. You can set Maxwell Render to render one image using all of your computers, or set each computer to render one animation frame. Complete control and flexibility.

RealFlow™ Integration

Maxwell Render is compatible 'out of the box' with Next Limit's RealFlow™ software, giving RealFlow™ users the option to use Maxwell Render as their render engine of choice. Render your RealFlow™ particles directly with Maxwell Render, meshing the point cloud at render time.


Maxwell Render Suite V3
  • Full features (unlimited resolution, all plugins, Maxwell Studio, Materials Editor) but limited in the following ways:
    • Node-locked (can be installed on only 2 machines - desktop and laptop for example)
    • No networking tools (no networking tools, doesn't work with network rendering/rendernodes)
  • No CPU/core limitations.  One license is valid for dual/quad/and above CPU machine.
  • Technical support included
Freelance professional or individual user with single machine
Floating (includes 10 rendernodes)
  • Full features (unlimited resolution, all plugins, Maxwell Studio, Materials Editor)
    • Floating license (can be installed on unlimited machines, only being used by one at any given time)
    • Networking tools for rendering in network
  • No CPU/core limitations.  One license is valid for dual/quad/and above CPU machine.
  • Technical support included
Professional user with network rendering requirements - has (or will potentially have) extra machines available for network render jobs
Floating x 5 pack (includes 50 rendernodes)
  • Pack of Maxwell Render Suite 3.0 (floating) with volume discount
Medium-sized companies/studios
  • Site license
  • Premium support
Large companies/studios
Maxwell Render Suite V3 Educational
Learning Edition (permanent)
  • NON-COMMERCIAL, learning purposes only
  • Node-locked (can be installed on only 2 machines - desktop and laptop for example)
  • No networking tools (no networking tools, doesn't work with network rendering/rendernodes)
  • Full HD resolution limit (1920 x 1080)
  • Technical support through the Maxwell Render forum only
Students and learners (no ID required)
Faculty (permanent)
  • NON-COMMERCIAL, learning purposes only
  • Full features (unlimited resolution, all plugins, Maxwell Studio, Materials Editor) but limited in the following ways:
    • Node-locked (can be installed on only 2 machines - desktop and laptop for example)
    • No networking tools (no networking tools, doesn't work with network rendering/rendernodes)
  • Technical support included
Teachers/Universities/Training Centers (Faculty ID required)
Extra V3 Rendernode packs
Pack - 20 Rendernodes
  • Must be used in conjunction with at least one Maxwell Render Suite seat (same version only)
  • For network rendering - 1 rendernode per machine
  • No GUI (only Maxwell.exe render engine interface - for controlling the render process)
  • Can't be used for setting up or editing scenes
Medium-large companies/studios and private renderfarms
Pack - 50 Rendernodes
Maxwell for SketchUp V3
Maxwell for SketchUp (standalone)
  • Any SketchUp user who wants to visualize their 3D models easily with high quality, photorealistic images
  • Design, architectural and engineering visualization

(info) No support and maintenance plan for Maxwell Render.  All license types listed receive free minor version (3.x) updates.

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