Requirements

Supported versions of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Supports 32bit and 64bit versions where available.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018
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Supported Renderers

RailClone supports native instancing in the renderers and versions listed below

Mental Ray support in Max 2017 and 2018

From 3ds Max 2017 Mental Ray was an optional installation. RailClone for Max 2017 still has many dependencies on the Mental Ray libraries and is required by our plug-ins to operate correctly. Please make sure that Mental Ray is installed for 3DS Max 2017, even if you don't intend to use it to avoid errors.

From 3ds Max 2018 Mental Ray is no longer included, as a consequence RailClone's native instancing features are not supported for Mental Ray in Max 2018.

  • Arnold 5.1 and above is supported from 3ds Max 2018 onwards. Please make sure the MaxToA plugin is up to date. You can download the most recent version from the Solid Angle website.
  • Mental Ray is supported in version 2012 - 2017 only.
  • V-Ray and V-Ray RT supported versions are 2.5 or greater for V-Ray 2, and 3.3 or greater for V-Ray 3, V-Ray Next and V-Ray GPU
  • Thea Render 1.3 and onwards.
  • Corona Renderer 1 and onwards.
  • Moskito Render.

For unsupported renderers it is still possible to use RailClone using RailClone Tools to convert the objects to standard Max instances.

Feature Compatibility 

Due to technical limitations, feature support varies between renderers. The table below illustrates the compatibility of RailClone's key features with each render engine.

Fully compatible features are marked with and highlighted in green

Partially supported features are marked with a  * and highlighted in yellow. These can be enabled by turning off the instancing engine.

Unsupported features are marked with a  and highlighted in red

  Standard V-Ray V-Ray RT/GPU
Arnold Mental Ray Corona Thea Octane Maxwell Moskito Arion Redshift Arnold
Native Instancing







Create Instances using RailClone Tools

Automatic UVW Mapping

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Debug Mode



RailClone Colour

Generators  
L1S

A2S

Base Objects  
Segment

Spline

Surface

Parameters  
Numeric

Constant

Random

Operators  
Material

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Conditional

Randomise

Sequence

Selector

Compose

Reverse

Transform

Mirror

Arithmetic

UVW XForm

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Macros

Notes