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A Quick Look: Particle and Fluid Simulation Plugins for 3D Hosts

a quick look particle and fluid simulation plugins for 3d hosts at Toolfarm

At Toolfarm, we have great particle and fluid simulation tools for several 3D hosts, for a range of budgets. Below, check out what we have in our store.

Compare 3D Particle and Fluid Simulation Plugins/Tools

Particle Engines & Fluid Simulators for for 3D Hosts

Below is a breakdown of some particle engines and Fluid Simulators, their hosts, features, and pricing. Note: Pricing is subject to change so please check the product page for current pricing.
Particle EngineSupported HostsMain FeaturesLicense typePrice/Bundle information
Cebas Thinking Particles3ds MaxParticle-Based Fluids
Flow Solver
PerpetualThinkingParticles for 3ds max

MSRP: $660
Toolfarm Price: $627
Insydium X-ParticlesCinema 4DAdvanced particle and VFX System
CPU Accelerated
Seamless integration with Cinema 4D
OpenVDB Export
Intuitive workflow
Powerful and realistic looking smoke, fire, and explosion simulations
Liquid and grain solvers for water and sand simulations
Perpetual & Floating$795

Jawset TurbulenceFDCinema 4D
LightWave
GPU acellerated
Physically-Based Fire Shader
Voxel Based Fluid Dynamics
Particle Advection
Perpetual / Nodelocked & FloatingCinema 4D Node-locked:
MSRP: $509
Toolfarm Price: $483.55

Cinema 4D Floating License:
MSRP: $739
Toolfarm Price: $702.05

LightWave Node-locked:
MSRP: $489
Toolfarm Price: $464.55

LightWave: Floating License:
MSRP: $739
Toolfarm Price: $702.05
Next Limit RealFlowStandalone
Cinema 4D
3ds Max
Maya
Fast and powerful realistic fluid simulation
Multiphysics
GPU-powered
Ultra-fast OpenVDB Mesh Engine
Seamless integration into host
PerpetualStarting at $795 for the plugin.
$1,095 for the standalone.
Sitni Sati FumeFX3ds Max
Maya
Cinema 4D
Powerful fluid dynamics
Realistic fire, smoke, and explosion simulations
Fast and robustOpenVDB format
Perpetual Floating$695

Cebas thinkingParticles

Cebas thinkingParticles

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finalRender and thinkingParticles the new Powerhouse

Countless blockbuster movies and projects depend on thinkingParticles’ limitless ability to recreate advanced physics-based particle effects fully procedural and rule-based.

Indeed, the release of thinkingParticles Subscription Drop 10 represents a massive step towards better and faster Visual Effects all done in 3ds Max. Once again, simulation robustness with outstanding fluid solver stability and enhanced soft body dynamics offer a uniquely rounded overall Visual Effects experience for every 3ds Max user. Besides some serious housekeeping, new advanced Visual Effects operators have been added to the tool chest.

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Insydium X-Particles

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INSYDIUM X-ParticlesINSYDIUM X-Particles

A fully-featured advanced particle and VFX system for MAXON’s Cinema 4D

INSYDIUM X-Particles is a fully-featured advanced particle and VFX system for Maxon’s Cinema 4D. Multithreaded, X-Particles utilizes all of your computer CPUs whenever possible for speed and efficiency. A unique rule system of Questions and Actions enables complete control over particle simulations.

To put it simply, an essential component of an artist’s toolkit, X-Particles is the solution to satisfy all your particle needs: Cloth, Smoke, Fire, Fluids, Grains, and Dynamics. In other words, designers can switch effortlessly between motion graphics and VFX, within a unified system.

Now compatible with Cinema 4D R23! (Requires build 895)

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Jawset TurbulenceFD

TurbulenceFD

Jawset TurbulenceFD for Cinema 4DJawset TurbulenceFD for Cinema 4D

Generate realistic fluids, vapor, dust and other particle-based phenomena directly in Cinema 4D

TurbulenceFD has all the features that a visual effects artist needs to create organic-looking particles. Get unparalleled realism and control with voxel-based gaseous fluid dynamics, a physically-based fire shader, Particle Advection, and Multiple Scattering. TurbulenceFD is easy-to-use, with an intuitive workflow, and is extremely fast, designed to exploit high-end GPUs and CPUS with even vast simulation data.

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Jawset TurbulenceFD for LightWaveJawset TurbulenceFD for LightWave

Generate realistic fluids, vapor, dust and other particle-based phenomena directly in Lightwave 3D.

TurbulenceFD has all the features that a visual effects artist needs to create organic-looking particles. Get unparalleled realism and control with voxel-based gaseous fluid dynamics, a physically-based fire shader, Particle Advection, and Multiple Scattering. TurbulenceFD is easy-to-use, with an intuitive workflow, and is extremely fast, designed to exploit high-end GPUs and CPUs with even vast simulation data.

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Next Limit RealFlow

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Next Limit RealFlowNext Limit RealFlow

Feel the Power - Fluids the easy way

Next Limit RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms. Simulate anything from a single drop of water to a massive tsunami.

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Next Limit RealFlow | Cinema 4DNext Limit RealFlow | Cinema 4D

Fluids Inside Your Platform

Next Limit RealFlow | Cinema 4D gives you the best in fluid simulation, directly inside Cinema 4D. Now you can achieve high-end simulations with an even easier workflow.

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Next Limit RealFlow | 3ds MaxNext Limit RealFlow | 3ds Max

The Newest Member of the RealFlow Family

RealFlow | 3ds Max brings the well-know RealFlow fluid simulation tools directly to Autodesk 3ds Max®. Stay in 3ds Max® to perform your liquid, granular, viscous, and viscoelastic simulations. RealFlow | 3ds Max is available for Autodesk 3ds Max® 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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Next Limit RealFlow | MayaNext 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.

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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.

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Sitni Sati FumeFX for MayaSitni Sati FumeFX for Maya

A powerful fluid dynamics plugin designed for simulation and rendering of realistic explosions, fire, smoke, and other gaseous phenomena

Sitni Sati FumeFX for Maya is 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.

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Sitni Sati FumeFX for Cinema 4DSitni Sati FumeFX for Cinema 4D

A powerful fluid dynamics plugin-in for Maxon Cinema 4D

FumeFX for Cinema 4D is 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.

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Sitni Sati AfterBurn and FumeFX BundleSitni Sati AfterBurn and FumeFX Bundle

Production-proven volumetric effects plugin with CG Fluid Dynamics Simulation

AfterBurn is a production-proven volumetric effects plugin that has been used in cinematic productions such as Flight of the Phoenix, K-19: The Widowmaker, Armageddon, Dracula 2000, various IMAX movies and games such as Warcraft 3, Starcraft, Sin and many others. 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.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki