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The San Diego 3DS Max User Group Meets the First Thursday Evening of Each Month

The May meeting will feature a fairly large arch-vis animation job recently wrapped by two members of the group. We will go over how it was approached conceptually in 3DS Max as well as other production details down to the final rendering in V-Ray.

And it will all happen with our fantastic new 1080p projector! (Thanks Ed!)

I hope to see you there!



General Information

The San Diego 3DS Max User Group meets the first Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 PM at the office of U.S. CAD, a BIM and manufacturing industry consultant and is one of the largest Autodesk Authorized Gold Reseller Partners on the in Western US.  Ed Tallmadge, Senior Account Manager, has graciously expressed a desire to support the group. In addition to providing our meeting place, he will also be available for consultation regarding our industry and related issues.

The office is located in Sorrento Valley, at U.S.CAD, Inc. 9707 Waples Street San Diego, CA 92121

 Notes on the San Diego3D Studio/Max User Group

Mission Statement:

To provide a forum in which members can gain knowledge regarding 3D Studio Max and related hardware and software issues through announcements, demonstrations, networking, and a general sharing of information between themselves. The group meets the first Thursday evening every month. I will do my best to bring the latest in news from Autodesk and other Max-oriented developers to keep members abreast of the latest announcements and product developments. Literally anyone is invited, from those just newly interested in 3D imagery to professionals who work daily with the software. It is the diversity of our membership which make us a strong, interesting group. The group has been meeting continuously since 1991.

Meeting concerns:

1. Meetings will feature at least one comprehensive demonstration of a Max technique or plugin. These demonstrations should convey basic working knowledge regarding using the current version of 3D Studio Max as well as advanced tips, tricks, and techniques. They are often based on real-world productions. Often, an informal forum type discussion based on member questions will lead to demos and explanations from various members of the group.

2. Demonstrations from outside vendors of related hardware and software products (3rd party renderers, 2D design, compositors, software, etc.) will be encouraged and will be sometimes provided by our hosts.

3. Members are encouraged to show their work, and if they choose, explain how it was done. Members may bring their work on DVD,CD, flash drive, hard copy, still computer files, animated computer files, or whatever media is appropriate. Members are also encouraged to create and perform their own demonstrations for the group. Please feel free to contact me any time to discuss timing issues, etc.

4. I will try to include a general "question and answer" period where anyone may ask (and join in the discussion) of 3D Studio Max related issues. This can be done in a "forum" atmosphere in which anyone may feel free to ask, or answer a question. I only ask that folks who participate in these discussions do so in such a matter that all may hear and understand what you are saying. This lets the entire group benefit from the discussion. In fact, members should feel free to ask questions at any time during the meeting. These questions can lead to all kinds of interesting discussion.

5. Members are encouraged to use the meetings to announce any issues that may concern the group. This would include employers looking for artists, artists looking for work, a company announcing a product release, late-breaking news you may have heard about, or any general knowledge that the group could benefit from, especially issues concerning the state of the industry in the San Diego area. I will be glad to announce anything you feel is appropriate, or, you are more than welcome to address the group yourself.

6. I will try to end the "formal" portion of the meetings early enough so folks will have the chance to mingle, network, and generally get to know each other. This is very important as it gives all of us a chance to see what each other is up to. The meeting may well be one of the few occasions in which this many folks involved in the local 3D animation industry are in the same room, and can very well lead to beneficial contacts.

7. Please remember that we are guests in our meeting place! I ask that all respect the rules of the building.

8. Finally, remember that this is your group. I ask each and every one of you to let me know of any concerns you may have regarding how the meetings are coordinated. I am more than open to suggestions any of you may have about meeting content, protocol, and presentation. If you feel there is a way to improve our meetings, let's talk about it!

Thanks everyone, for all of your support over the years. I look forward to many more years of sharing knowledge and fun at the San Diego3D Studio Max User Group meetings.

-Alan Iglesias

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anyone like to carpool? I am at
    I can give some cash for gas, no problem.
    I normally ride the trolley, but the meetup time is too late for me to catch the bus home.

    April 30, 2014

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