Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software offers artists a comprehensive creative toolset. These tools provide a starting point to realize your vision in modeling, animation, lighting, and VFX.
Dynamics & Effects
Adaptive foam in Bifrost Add froth, foam, and bubbles to liquid simulations.
Faster, easier-to-use XGen Updated workflow, presets, sculpting, and preview.
Guided simulation in Bifrost Drive the behavior of liquids.
Bifrost procedural effects platform Simulate and render photorealistic liquids.
XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator Generate curves, spheres, and custom geometry.
Bullet Physics Create realistic rigid and soft-body simulations.
Maya nHair Create hair and curve-based dynamics.
Maya nParticles Simulate complex 3D visual effects.
Maya nCloth Create realistic deformable materials.
Maya Fluid Effects Simulate atmospherics, liquids, and open water.
Rigid and soft-body dynamics Simulate multiple rigid and flexible objects.
Maya Fur Create realistic fur, short hair, wool, and grass.
Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost Create atmospheric effects, such as smoke and mist.
Parallel rig evaluation New system speeds rig playback and manipulation.
Delta Mush deformer Deformation results are closer to original geometry.
General animation tools Keyframe, procedural, and scripted animation tools.
Natural-looking character creation Skin, rig, and pose believable characters.
Reusable animation Reuse existing characters to save time.
Camera Sequencer Speed previsualization and virtual moviemaking.
Geodesic Voxel Binding Get high-quality skinning results in less time.
New sculpting toolset Sculpt and shape models more intuitively.
Streamlined retopology toolset Streamline workflows for easier retopology.
Polygon modeling Model more quickly and reliably.
OpenSubdiv support Accelerate performance with interactive workflows.
UV toolset Create better UVs in less time.
Polygon and subdivision mesh modeling Create and edit meshes using an intuitive toolset.
Surface modeling Create mathematically smooth surfaces.
UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex Streamline UV creation and editing.
Scripting and API Create custom scripts and plug-ins.
2D and 3D integration Take advantage of streamlined workflows.
Data and scene management tools Manage data and scenes with specialized workflows.
Scene Assembly tools for smarter data Create large, complex worlds more easily.
Advanced file path handling Quickly diagnose and fix broken file paths.