Freebies: 3D Workflow Tools Roundup

Freebies: 3D Workflow Tools Roundup

Download 3D workflow tools to help you work faster and more efficiently with your 3D program of choice. And, of course, they’re all free! (And, yes, we know it’s not Friday, but don’t we wish it were always Friday?!)

Maxwell Multilight

Multilight lets you change the lighting on renders from MXI Maxwell files without the need to rerender! Indeed, that will save TONS of time! In addition, download several demo files so that you can try them yourself.

Required Software: Maxwell for any host

Download Maxwell Multilight

Next Limit Maxwell | StudioNext Limit Maxwell | Studio

Independent scene editor with a fully 3D environment

Maxwell Studio is a sophisticated independent scene editor with a full 3D environment, offering an alternative workflow for those Maxwell Render users that work with 3D or CAD applications for which there are no Maxwell plugins.

Maxwell is all about quality. Period. This has been our sacred mantra for almost 15 years of development. Our secret sauce is a physically correct unbiased spectral engine, which produces not only beautiful images but also lighting-accurate simulations. In fact, many consider Maxwell the ground truth in rendering and CGI production. We strive to inspire others, and you inspire us when you use Maxwell.

Learn MoreTry Next Limit Maxwell | Studio for free!

NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter

The NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter lets users export highly compressed texture files to save space and memory.

Required software: There is a standalone application, as well as a Photoshop plugin. They even have a legacy version for Photoshop 5.0 to CS6. Scroll to the bottom of the page for that.

This exporter combines four texture tools in a single plugin and standalone application, including flexible and powerful support for cube maps, mipmaps, normal maps, transparency, and more than 130 import formats. A new compression preview pane allows you to see how your image will be compressed in real-time, without having to write to disk.

Download NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter

Did you know that we sell some NVIDIA graphics cards?

Check it out: NVIDIA

Sitni Sati ScatterVL Pro

ScatterVL Pro is a freeware volumetric light shader plugin for 3ds Max.

Required software: 3ds Max

Download ScatterVL Pro

Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds MaxSitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max

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.

Learn MoreTry Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max for free!

Normal Map and Texture Generator

With these two tools from Christian Petry, create normal maps for free and create your own textures.

Required software: Just a browser

Download Normal Map and Texture Generator

Free ZBrush© plugins and Scripts

FJTools is a free ZBrush plugin from Florian Jonas that works with ZBrush 2019, 2020, and 2021. There are also two scripts available for merging and deleting in ZBrush. These are on GumRoad so just enter $0 into the price.

Florian Jones Free ZBrush tools

Below, a video about FJTools.


The All-In-One Digital Sculpting Solution Designed for the Pursuit of Art

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Houdini Engine for Unreal and Unity

Earlier this year, SideFX made the Houdini engine commercially free for UE4 and Unity.

Through the power of Houdini Engine, procedural tools and assets built in Houdini with custom-tailored interfaces can be brought into UE4 and Unity, and used by game artists whether they know Houdini or not. Houdini Engine does the processing work on the assets, and delivers the results back to the editor. These procedural assets work within the editor for content creation and are baked out before going to runtime.

Download Houdini Engine for Unreal and Unity

Houdini Engine for Unreal

Houdini Engine for Unity

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki