v4.40.00 Chaos Phoenix FD – Academic

Chaos Phoenix FD – Academic


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Chaos Group Phoenix FD

Chaos Phoenix FD – Academic

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Chaos Phoenix FD – Academic is a complete solution for fluid dynamics. It is used to simulate realistic water, fire, and other effects for multiple television series such as Game of Thrones and The Flash, and is specifically designed for fast-paced production.


Phoenix FD is an all-in-one solution for fluid dynamics. Simulate fire, smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more.

Artist Friendly

Built for 3D artists who want to create dynamic FX using quick presets, fast setup, and intuitive controls.


Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Adjust simulations on the fly.

Creative Control

Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with fast, flexible controls for rendering, retiming and refining simulations.

Smart Integration

Integrated seamlessly into 3ds Max and optimized to render with V-Ray.


Compatible with top industry tools such as OpenVDB, Alembic, Krakatoa, and thinkingParticles.

See the full products for up to date product descriptions:

For Academic Customers only

Please note: 2 and 3 Year Options for University and Training Centers Only. Students and teachers must purchase 1-year licenses.

Establishing an Academic Account


Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing Phoenix:

Minimum requirements:

  • 8 GB RAM
  • Windows® 7
  • 1st Gen Intel® Core™ or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support (x64)
  • 60 MB Hard Disk Space

Recommended requirements:

  • 32 GB RAM
  • 60 MB Hard Disk Space
  • Windows® 8
  • 1st Gen Intel® Core™ or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support (x64)
  • Larger cache memory, higher memory bandwidth and higher clock speed is better. NUMA does not always give good scalability.

How to use the new features in Phoenix FD 4

Chaos Phoenix FD 4 is focused on expanding its toolset for better simulation control with several new sim options for 3ds Max and Maya.


Create a Splash with Phoenix FD for 3ds Max

Jesse Pitela shows how to make water splash with the basic liquid emitter in Chaos Group's Phoenix FD for 3ds Max. He has it set up to splash over half an orange, but you can splash water on anything you can conjure. This tutorial covers the 3ds Max version of Phoenix FD but there is also a version for Maya.


Chaos Group Phoenix FD for Maya – Quick Start: Gasoline Explosion

Learn how to create a fiery explosion with an accelerant like gasoline in Phoenix FD for Maya. Using both the toolbar preset, and then again manually, step-by-step you’ll learn the ins and outs of this simulation type.


Chaos Group Phoenix FD for 3ds Max – Quick Start: Basic Liquids #gettingstarted

This video covers the basic workflow for creating a basic liquid simulation in Phoenix FD for 3ds Max, using both a toolbar preset, and then again manually, step-by-step for good measure.