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Next Limit RealFlow | Maya

Fluids And More Inside Your Platform

RealFlow | Maya gives you the best in fluid simulation and more, directly inside Autodesk Maya®. Now it is faster and easier to simulate granulars, viscous, viscoelastic, rigid, and elastic materials with an even easier and faster workflow. Achieve high-end GPU-accelerated simulations from inside the Maya® interface.

Intuitive Workflow For A Great Simulation Experience

You only need a few clicks to get RealFlow | Maya running. Ready-to-use force daemons, GPU-powered fluids and materials, and a fast OpenVDB mesher make it easy to achieve the perfect simulation.


RealFlow | Maya is not just liquids, but also granulars, viscous, viscoelastic, rigid, and elastic materials. Most of these different types of substances are able to interact. Wash away sand with water. Trap rigid bodies in heavy snow. Float cream on top of coffee. Your creativity is the limit!

GPU-powered Simulations

Next Limit GPU-accelerated the entire range of fluids and materials. You won’t believe how fast fluid simulations can be with RealFlow | Maya. Unleash your ideas with more turnarounds in less time! And, you are not tied to a certain platform. With CUDA and OpenCL you are free to explore different technologies and protect your hardware investment.

Ultra-fast Openvdb Mesh Engine

An artist-friendly interface, fast and effective filters, and our advanced meshing technology let you create and fine-tune millions of polygons in seconds. RealFlow |Maya meshes also store data like age or velocity for a perfect render experience. And weight maps allow for the creation of colorful mixing effects.

Seamless Integration

Tired of using exchange tools? With RealFlow | Maya, connectivity plugins are a thing of the past. Everything is based on an Alembic pipeline directly inside Maya®. Turn objects into obstacles and emitters. Render complex meshes. Create particles from complex splines. Support for nParticles and even MEL included.

Accurate Particle-object Interaction

Objects are essential and we put a strong focus on particle-object interaction. RealFlow | Maya works with all of Maya’s internal object types including NURBS. Use objects as obstacles and containers. Let animated bodies collide with fluids to create impressive splashes. Control the interaction through a wide range of physical properties such as friction, stickiness, or bounciness.

Forces and Falloffs

Forces are a key element in RealFlow |Maya and they are introduced through a wide variety of daemons. Many daemons can be controlled and limited with completely customizable falloffs to shape their behavior and scope. Typical examples include gravity, attraction or wind.

Creative Tools

Creativity and control. Impressive crown splashes, entwined spline emitters, swirling splashes, and thin sheets of fluids moving in slow-motion. All this – and many more – is right at your finger tips with RealFlow | Maya.

Initial States

Initial states can be created from arbitrary simulation frames and used as a starting point for a new simulation pass. This feature does certainly not sound very spectular, but initial states are definitely on of the biggest time savers in RealFlow | Maya.

Skinning Tool

This smart tool transfers position and velocity information from rigid and elastic material particles to objects to make them behave like rigid or elastic bodies. But you can also use liquid, viscous, viscoelastic or granular particles to deform and move objects – and to explore new creative worlds with abstract shapes.

Objects and Textures

Objects and textures work both ways in RealFlow | Maya. You can use the object texture to emit particles, customize properties like its friction or generate new textures where particles leave wet marks on an object’s surface.


RealFlow commands are exposed for scripting. Query your particles information for unlimited possibilities.

Platform Independent

RealFlow | Maya is available for Autodesk Maya® 2017 and 2018 (Windows, Linux, macOS).

  • Autodesk Maya® 2017 to 2020 (64 bit only)
  • Windows 7 (or higher) or macOS 10.10 (or higher) operating system
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 6.5 or CentOS 6.5 and 7.2 Linux operating system. (Same requirements as Autodesk Maya)
  • CPU 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 100 MB disk space for installation
  • Network adapter and internet access for license activation.
  • RealFlow | Maya supports GPU-based simulations and multi-core/multi-processor systems.


Since fluid simulations are computationally expensive and allocate large amounts of disk space we recommend Intel® i7 or Xeon systems (or comparable), 16 GB RAM (or more) and a 512 GB storage device.

New in v1.1.3

  • Added support for Maya 2019 & 2020

New in v1.1

  • Visualizer daemon
  • Cache offset
  • Vorticity computation and visualization for fluids
  • Mesher Velocity Color Set
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

New features


  • RFMAYA-309 – New Visualizer daemon.


  • RFMAYA-454 – New mesher Velocity Color Set parameters to create a Color Set with the mesh velocity information.


  • RFMAYA-150 – New Cache Frame Offset parameter for scene node.
  • RFMAYA-499 – New Cache Offset parameter for Fluid, Mesher, Rigid and Elastic nodes.


Cache process

  • RFMAYA-457 – Total elapsed time is displayed after cache process finishes.
  • RFMAYA-458 – Total disk written bytes is displayed after cache process finishes.

Maya UI

  • RFMAYA-390 – Possibility to display particle Age and Vorticity in the viewport in addition to velocity values.

Resolved limitations


  • RFMAYA-328 – Fluids lack “Compute Vorticity” option.

Fixed bugs


  • RFMAYA-479 – Fill emitter does not create any particles when its Surface Offset is 0.0 for objects in default Shell mode.


  • RFMAYA-494 – Fluid node particle color ramp is not saved properly when using the Maya Binary format.
  • RFMAYA-495 – Sometimes there is an error when clearing the Scene parameter of RealFlow nodes.



  • RFMAYA-463 – Setting keys on crown shape parameters crashes Maya on simulation reset.

Maya UI

  • RFMAYA-310 – Legacy viewport is not supported.
  • RFMAYA-419 – Transformation tools may lead to unexpected results when used in a mode different than Object on RealFlow nodes.
  • RFMAYA-461 – Undo of Manipulator controllers does not work.


  • RFMAYA-145 – Motion blur only works for cached meshes yet.

Known bugs


  • RFMAYA-391 – Simulating frame by frame always creates new particles, no matter what is the resolution of the fluid.
  • RFMAYA-431 – Maya crashes when using a subdiv animated by vertex for the Object Emitter.

Maya UI

  • RFMAYA-440 – Undoing the deletion of a RealFlow node may not recover the previously existing links.


  • RFMAYA-144 – Motion blur for cached meshes looks distorted when the samples are taken from frames with different number of vertices.
  • RFMAYA-313 – Maya 2017 crashes sometimes the first time a Mesher node loads a mesh with more than ~25k triangles.


  • RFMAYA-137 – Maya crashes sometimes in Cache Mode with nParticles.
  • RFMAYA-324 – Particles synchronization between Fluid and nParticles is not working properly.


  • RFMAYA-420 – Maya crashes sometimes when a Rigid simulation stops if GPU is enabled. Caching the simulation works.
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RealFlow | Maya Overview videos #tutorialtuesday

RealFlow | Maya is one of the products currently on sale. Next Limit has several quick videos to walk you through some of the features in RealFlow | Maya.

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RealFlow | Maya: Working With Spline Emitter

This tutorial shows you how to use the spline emitter in Realflow | Maya.

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Getting Started with RealFlow | Maya Series, part 1 #gettingstarted

Here are several videos to help you get going fast with RealFlow | Maya.

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RealFlow | Maya: Installation Tutorial, Plus Next Limit Release Information

High-end Multi-physics Simulation Inside Autodesk Maya®. We’ve also included a RealFlow | Maya: Installation video if you want to try the demo.

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Viscous Vanilla Pudding with Next Limit RealFlow

Dušan Marjanović has made some delicious looking Viscous Vanilla Pudding in Next Limit RealFlow. Learn how he made it in this tutorial.

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RealFlow Case Study: Batman: Arkham Knight + Bonus Tutorial

Check out this case study with Brandon Young of Blur Studio, talking about working with Next Limit RealFlow on Batman: Arkham Knight. They had a VFX problem to solve involving the Batmobile shooting out of water and spraying liquid all over the place. Learn about how they solved it.

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Next Limit RealFlow 2014 - The Enhanced UI

Check out this webinar led by Victor Sanchez from November 2014 on the new and improved UI in Next Limit RealFlow. The webinar explains how to create your own scene assets, how to customize the UI for your own needs and preferences and how to speed up workflow.


Introduction to Soft Body Dynamics in RealFlow

In this tutorial we will explore soft bodies in Realflow. We will take a step by step look at all the different parameters, as well as exploring the combination of soft bodies with rigid bodies and fluids.


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