v5.1 Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max

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Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max


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One of the Fastest and Most Flexible CG Fluid Dynamics Simulation Systems Available

FumeFX is a powerful fluid dynamics plugin-in for Autodesk 3ds max, designed for simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosions and other gaseous phenomena. Unrivaled in its ability to capture the subtlety and complexity of fluid gas behavior it is favored among visual effects artists, game developers, visualization professionals and everyone else who demand the utmost in realism.

FumeFX 5.0 new features

The latest incarnation of FumeFX offers the artist with a unique set of tools that will free the creative mind and minimize tedious tasks even further than before. As a result of the FumeFX core rewrite, a wide range of irregular objects can be used for simulation without the fear of solver instabilities. The newly implemented conservative advection, GPU accelerated 3ds Max viewport, faster simulations, .fxd multithreaded lossy compression are just some of the new features found inside FumeFX 5.0.

Feature film and games reel

Over the past 12 years of development and innovations, FumeFX has become an integral part of major studio production pipelines. See FumeFX in action in visual effects for many blockbuster films such as Dr. Strange, Thor, Roland Emmerich’s 2012, Hugo, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Priest, Skyline, Suckerpunch, Spiderman 3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Superman Returns, Iron Man and more. Computer game cinematics like Blizzard’s StarCraft II, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, The Warhammer Series and many others have relied on FumeFX software to achieve stunning visuals.


The innovative FumeFX user interface combines all the major fluid simulation components making the simulation setup easy and efficient. It allows user to change parameters during the simulation with instant feedback or even to directly edit FumeFX sources without the need to switch back and forth between dialogs.

The FumeFX interface integrates simulation, rendering, presets and source parameters in one place. It provides quick and easy navigation through simulation caches and offers intuitive control of simulation parameters.
GPU Viewport
The GPU accelerated* viewport produces render-comparable images to give instant feedback on appearance and behavior of the simulation. Among many advantages, it supports viewport .png export during the simulation.
(*) supports 3ds Max 2016 and newer

In order to boost productivity, FumeFX can utilize BackBurner, Deadline, or remote desktop applications to run simulation tasks on another computer with FumeFX or FumeFX SL installed.


The FumeFX simulation core has been constantly improved and refined to deliver high level of realism with minimal simulation times. With over 10 years of successful usage in film production, video games, the advertisement industry and other areas that require realistic fire and smoke have helped in shaping the fluid simulation package that users can rely on. Whether making a candle dancing on the wind or destroying a whole city block in 2012 movie style, FumeFX can help you deliver the shot on time and within budget.

The Solver
The QCG solver in FumeFX is optimized for speed and robustness. It has complete control over the realism vs speed balance.

Combustion with Oxygen
The Fire model within FumeFX adds Oxygen to the equation. This new component brings forth various new ways to creatively control the burn process.

With the addition of various vorticity models, you can now choose from visually different curl types, giving your FumeFX simulations a more unique look and feel.

It is a great time saving solution. This allows the user to simulate multiple overlapping grids simultaneously while all fields propagate between the overlapping grid boundaries automatically.

Wavelet Turbulence
It’s never been easier to add more detail to an existing FumeFX simulation. It is a fast, memory efficient and predictable way to increase grid resolution.

FumeFX is tightly integrated with Particle Flow, cebas Thinking Particles and Thinkbox software Krakatoa. Different FumeFX-based operators provide ultimate particle control and it’s the only tool with full Thinking Particles integration.


When it comes to flexibility FumeFX has no rivals. Its tools offer user control over almost every simulation parameter where changes are based on the grid data. It is even possible use of deformers to fine tune the shape of the volumetric effect – making a tornado has never been easier.

Render Warps
Whether you want to create a special effect or need to tweak a final animation, with Render Warps there are many more possibilities. With just a few mouse clicks users can warp their cached simulation and watch the resulting deformation directly inside the Viewport, FumeFX Preview Window, or in rendered images.

Gain creative control over almost every simulation parameter and field. With Effectors it is simple to control vorticity by velocity or to generate smoke based on any other channel value. Effectors take channel data to the next step.

Post Processing
Post Processing gives you a lot of options. For example, Retime caches, bake Render Warps, convert between various formats. amd improve cache fetch. In addition, exclude unneeded channels in your workflow and save disk space.


FumeFX for 3ds Max has its own shading support for 3ds Max Scanline, mental ray and VRay. Other renderers like Arnold, Redshift, Octane and Corona can render FumeFX caches by using the OpenVDB file format.

FumeFX has its own built-in illumination map and multiple scattering models for faster rendering. It also supports the rendering of the motion blur.

The FumeFX shader incorporates the Black-body fire shader with artistic-friendly controls, render sharpening for crisp details and smoke color based on the simulated color.

Each 3rd party renderer that supports OpenVDB format allows user to render FumeFX .vdb caches.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 – 2022

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Customer Reviews

Unbelievable realism!

This is one of the few plug-ins you really need to have for 3dsMax if you are serious about VFX. The level of detail and realism is unmatched! I tried Phoneix FD before but wasn't really happy with the results. The fire and smoke never looked the way I wanted them to look. But with Fume you can make the simulatiosn exactly look like you want them to look. The only bad thing you could think about is that the simulation times can take a while, or an hour, or three. But quality needs its time. And if you come back after a long simulation and you see the final results you'll be more than happy. The finished simulations really look photo realistic! And as far as I know it's the only affordable solution that can do photo real simulations. 5 Stars!!!!!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Moritz Lüdtke
Date: April 09, 2012

FumeFX™ v5.1 for 3ds Max


  • Object Source< is renamed to Geometry Source and it can emit from tyFlow and Particle Flow particle shape geometry.
  • Fixed crash during the NSim simulation if grid spacing was very large.


  • Added support for Arnold renderer


  • Fixed tyPreview causing crash with GPU viewport enabled.
  • FumeFX .systemscale less than one results in wrong GPU viewport display.


  • Added installation for 3ds max 2022.

FumeFX™ 5.0.7 for 3ds Max® release

August 12, 2020

With this update FumeFX adds support for the latest Arnold renderer as well as bug fixes and improvements.


  • Added support for 3rd party .vdb files for Initial State simulation.
  • Fixed Particle Source that didn’t work with the color channel controller.
  • Fixed particle system picking that could crash Particle Source with tyFlow float as vector controller.
  • Fixed FumeFX-TP birth operators that caused crash with TP 6.7+ and 3ds max 2019.


  • Added FumeFX Tex3D colors extraction without shading applied.
  • Added support for Arnold render
  • Fixed FumeFX-Redshift shader and cache sharpening.

I/O Subsystem

  • Fixed .vdb crashes if velocities were present in input caches.
  • Fixed issue where 3rd party .vdb cache velocities were not properly loaded.
  • Fixed Initial state didn’t work if Color was present inside the .fdc cache.
  • Fixed error when using .fxd as initial state could throw the file version mismatch message.


  • Added Initial State filename display in the FumeFX menu.


  • Fixed installer for 3ds max 2021 that didn’t properly install FumeFX Arnold shader.

FumeFX™ 5.0.6 for 3ds Max® release

March 18, 2020

Sitni Sati releases FumeFX™ 5.0.6 update for 3ds Max®. With this update FumeFX adds support for the Redshift® renderer (3.0.17 and up) as well as the latest Arnold

FumeFX™ 5.0.5 for 3ds Max® release

December 3, 2019 – Sitni Sati releases FumeFX™ 5.0.5 update for Autodesk® 3ds Max®. This update includes bug fixes and compatibility with Arnold


  • GPU Viewport Quality 5 now supports much higher resolution.


  • Fixed FumeFX4 solver with the Conservative advection crash.
  • Fixed Deferred caches didn’t work with Wavelet Turbulence or Post Processing.
  • Fixed Backburner simulation mode was not working.
  • Fixed Wind force that was able to set velocities inside collision geometry.
  • Fixed N-Sim crash when overlapping area was one voxel thick.
  • Fixed Freeflow source option that was still blocking the flow in some cases.

I/O Subsystem

  • Fixed IO error on .fdc files that are larger than 32Gb.


  • FumeFX 5.0.5 is built with Arnold®
  • Added Smoke and Fuel receive/cast shadows are now enabled by default.

FumeFX™ 5.0.4 for 3ds Max® release

July 22, 2019 – Sitni Sati releases FumeFX™ 5.0.4 update for Autodesk® 3ds Max®. In addition to bug fixes, this update includes GPU Viewport support for 3ds Max 2020.1 detachable viewports that allows artists to use detached view as they were using the old FumeFX preview window. FumeFX 5.0.4 adds more controls and updated preview for Turbulence Noise as well as new Affect Velocity Magnitude Mode. Another great addition is the Parameter Check dialog that allows users to quicky determine which simulation parameters were changed from their default values.


  • Added compatibility with 3ds max 2020.1 undockable viewport. You can now use it in the same fashion as the old FumeFX Preview Window.
  • Fixed when GPU viewport is in maximized ortho/persp/cam view and then changed to another persp/cam view it will stop displaying.
  • Fixed FumeFX Wind display bug with Spherical type and Linear falloff.
  • Fixed VRay lights that didn’t work inside the GPU Viewport.

User Interface

  • Added Turbulence Noise rasterized view.
  • Changed Turbulence noise parameter Offset renamed to Time Offset.
  • Changed Simulation rollout layout.
  • Changed FumeFX Wind Scale parameter is now in world units, like it is for the Turbulence Noise inside the FumeFX dialog.
  • Added FumeFX Wind to the list of objects to create from obj/sources dialog.
  • Added Parameter Check option to the FumeFX menu.


  • Fixed tyFlow particle velocities that were too large.
  • Added Affect Velocity Magnitude Mode to Turbulence Noise.
  • Added Small Detail Scale parameter to Turbulence Noise.
  • Added Small Detail Amount parameter to Turbulence Noise.
  • Added Small Detail Scale parameter to FumeFX Wind.
  • Added Small Detail Amount parameter to FumeFX Wind.
  • Added noise preview to FumeFX Wind.


  • FumeFX 5.0.4 is built with Arnold®
  • Fixed not working Falloff with Arnold® render.
  • Fixed FumeFX for 3ds max 2020 that didn’t show FumeFX and FusionWorks Render Elements.

FumeFX™ 5.0.3 for 3ds Max® release

May 05, 2019 – Sitni Sati releases FumeFX™ 5.0.3 update for Autodesk® 3ds Max®. In addition to bug fixes, this update includes new FumeFX 4 Solver option, tyFlow support, GPU Viewport Multiview, 3ds Max® 2020 support and more. With FumeFX 5 release there were many changes and improvements throughout the simulation core which inevitably led to quite different simulation results when compared to previous FumeFX version. The newly added option to use the FumeFX 4 Solver will allow users to achieve similar results compared to FumeFX 4 with benefits of FumeFX’s 5 features.

  • 3ds Max® 2020 support.

GPU Viewport

  • Added Multiview option.
  • Added Arnold light approximation to the FumeFX GPU Viewport.
  • Changed default option for Show Fire and Smoke in viewport which is now enabled by default.
  • Fixed Playback From/To parameter change didn’t trigger viewport refresh.
  • Fixed viewport update bug when switching cache files.
  • Fixed viewport update bug. In a newly created scene create a grid and run the simulation. Perspective viewport point display didn’t work until the viewport was rotated.
  • Fixed 3ds max crash if you pick Arnold Light from FumeFX Light pick dialog.


  • Added option to use the FFX4 Solver.
  • Added ability to select tyFlow particles from Particle Source.
  • Added support of tyFlow’s float and vector particle channels for the Interpolation controllers.
  • Fixed FumeFX Wind didn’t show parameters inside the Track View
  • Fixed bug where VDB files with conservative advection and sub-steps didn’t retime properly.
  • Fixed MXS that was broken pre 3ds max 2019
  • Changed Default Vorticity II values. New default for Strength is 0.9 and for Vortices Scale is 0.01.
  • Changed MXS GetPath() that will now return extension as well.


  • Fixed bug that caused Arnold renderer to hang if two or more FumeFX grids were in the scene.

What’s new in FumeFX 5.0.2

GPU Viewport

  • Fixed FumeFX GPU display offset when grid spacing was very low.
  • Fixed non-functional FumeFX GPU display on certain combination of graphic cards and drivers.


  • Fixed crash when trying to continue simulation from current frame.

I/O Subsystem

  • Added vdb support for Wavelet Turbulence simulation.
  • Fixed presets saving error for 3ds max 2014.


  • Added VRay® 4 support.
  • Added Arnold® 5.2 support.
  • Added 3rd party vdb caches support for FumeFX Standard Shader and Arnold.
  • Fixed Arnold renderer could render fuel instead of smoke bug.
  • Added Standard Shader support for Arnold AOV’s – normal, motionvector and depth.

What’s new in FumeFX 5.0.1


  • Fixed FumeFX Sources created from the FumeFX toolbar had random colors.
  • Fixed Effector’s influence display in viewport.


  • Speed improvements for the QCG solver. Updated solver is now able to use nearly 100% CPUs even on machines with 20+ cores. This optimization has resulted with up to 20% faster QCG compared to FumeFX 5.0.
  • New FumeFX Wind force with artist friendly options. In addition to 3ds max Wind, the FumeFX Wind has the falloff applied to the turbulent force. It also has additional options such as falloff ranges, various falloff types and probably the most important – visualization of the Wind force field direction and strength.
  • Significant speed improvements of the 3ds max Wind force.
  • Fixed color channel bleeding during the simulation.
  • Fixed Turbulence Noise Scale Effector crash.

I/O Subsystem

  • Fixed I/O crash on machines with 48 and more threads.
  • Fixed deferred caches so they wait for large caches to be completely written to disk.


  • Added Arnold renderer support for the FumeFX Standard Shader (requires FumeFX shader license).
  • New built in FumeFX-Arnold Volume that supports Arnold’s Standard Volume shader (does not require FumeFX shader license).
  • Shader license supports FumeFX Standard Shader for mental ray and for Arnold. Old FumeFX-mr shader licenses for 3ds Max will work with Arnold as well.

What’s new in FumeFX 5.0


  • FumeFX GPU* accelerated display has been integrated within the 3ds Max viewport. The new display includes volumetric shadows, proper geometry occlusion and instant shader feedback.
  • The Data preview has been changed and allows user to choose voxel display size.
  • New FumeFX toolbar that provides access to FumeFX and source creation as well as simulation control.

(*) supports 3ds Max 2016 and newer


  • With the new advection type in the arsenal, FumeFX can easily create fluid flows that minimize numerical losses even after 900 frames of animation.
  • Simulation core redesign allows usage of complex geometry instead of using proxies without breaking the solver or causing instabilities.
  • Smooth retiming regardless of simulation sub-steps and retiming scale factor.
  • Depending on the scene setup, the latest version of FumeFX delivers up to 20% faster simulation.
  • Ability to retime simulation during the Wavelet Turbulence pass.
  • Vorticity II optimizations include faster calculations and lower memory requirements.
  • Improved simulation scaling. Grids of different spacing will result in similar simulations. FumeFX 5 also improves scaling with CPU cores used in simulation.

I/O Subsystem

  • The new lossy .fxd compression allows per-channel compression quality and mixing of lossless and lossy channels inside the same cache file.
  • State of the art multithreaded .fxd I/O for ultra fast caches saving and loading.
  • Load caches at user-defined reduced resolution allows artist easier viewport manipulation and rendering setup.
  • Minimize grid during the cache saving produces smaller files that save faster and render faster.
  • FumeFX 5 writes OpenVDB caches in a form that makes them easily readable inside the Arnold Volume Grid, Redshift grid and even Houdini. The FumeFX vdb cache will be correctly positioned which makes any OpenVDB workflow straightforward.
  • Various OpenVDB caches optimizations and fixes.


  • Gridless Advection allows usage of exported velocities or 3D texture to create additional detail.
  • Direct rendering support with Corona renderer.

Sitni Sati FumeFX Billowing Smoke and Fire

Learn how to setup a realistic billowing smoke in FumeFX. This is the type of billowing smoke that can be used for effects like pyroclastic clouds.


FumeFX and tyFlow Fluid Force

In this new tutorial from SitniSati, learn how to use tyFlow Fluid Force to blow some maple leaves across the desert. Watch it now!


FumeFX Thanos Portal for 3ds Max

This tutorial for the Thanos Portal comes from SitniSati, and is, of course, inspired by the Avengers Infinity War. Watch it now!


Rendering FumeFX in 3ds Max

Check out this great Tutorial from Sam Wickert on rendering FumeFX in Autodesk 3ds Max for Adobe After Effects. Well, thats a doozy…. better just watch the tutorial!


FumeFX Pyro Explosion Shader

Carlos Parmentier has a nice tutorial on using the Pyro explosion shader in FumeFX to get exactly the look you want.


Creating a Tornado with RealFlow and FumeFx

Using Next Limit RealFlow and SitniSati FumeFx for Autodesk 3ds Max you can create a twister of this very nature! Watch this tutorial to see how!


Create a Fireball with Autodesk 3Ds Max and Sitni Sati FumeFX

Vikrant Dalai explains how to make a fireball with a smoke trail for use in your space war film, video game or dinosaur extinction recreation documentary.Vikrant says: "In this tutorial, I'll show you how I created this fireball with the help of 3ds Max and the FumeFX Plugin. There are different types of techniques we can use to make this effect in FumeFX - e.g. Simple Sources, Object Sources, Particle Sources, etc. But this time we will use a Simple Source. And for this purpose we are going to use three different Simple Sources, some standard lights (Target Spot & Omni), and the default Scanline Renderer."


Create a Smoke Man with 3ds Max Using FumeFX & Krakatoa

Post by Vikrant Dalal at CGtuts+ - Create an smoky ghostlike character or object using Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max and Krakatoa. He finishes in After Effects. Project file with a sample character is included.


Simulating A Campfire With 3D Studio Max, Thinking Particles & FumeFX

Madhan at CGTuts+ shows you how to create a campfire with 3ds Max,Thinking Particles,FumeFX, and Adobe After Effects. Who brought the marshmallows?