The Material Definition Language (MDL) is an NVIDIA initiative to standardize physically based material designs in a common format, see http://www.nvidia.com/MDL. mental ray for 3ds Max 2016 is capable of rendering pre-packaged MDL materials. We will create a dedicated blog post to explain how to enable MDL in 3ds Max 2016.
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Allan McKay who is a VFX and 3ds Max master has created over 100 PFlow presets that ship with Max. There are a varieties of particle effects for Air, Earth, Fire, Water and various other Logo effects. These are very helpful presets for any artist by which it eases you hard work to setup these particle effects.
YouTube Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40NMubOnijM
Download Link : http://area.autodesk.com/blogs/garyd/over_100_free_particle_flow_presets
A&G Tool Company has released its updated plugin to Bevel Works 1.5. Bevel Works 1.5 allows you to create professional Bevels for production needs to create logo/text work. Bevel Works is a scripted plugin for 3ds max 2012 and above. Below is the new feature list.
- Bevel Outline : Easily offset your bevel from your editable splines. A must have for creating accurate logos and text.
- Detach to Objects : Quickly detaches letters/shapes into separate objects, assigns random wire color, and centers their pivots.
- PB Quads : Turn any Bevel Works object into clean subdivided quads! Great for deforming or bending your beveled type or logos!
Read More : http://www.agtoolcompany.com/ag2/2014/02/17/3436/
Designed by John Martini & Developed by James Vecore Labyrinth is a spline plugin for 3ds Max which allows users to create splines on any given object in 3ds Max. The knots which make up Labyrinth are automatically attached to the object’s their generated on. This feature gives users the ability to easily produce stunning effects. This video gives a general overview of the controls for the tool as well as various ways to use the tool in production. More videos to come soon. Below are time-stamps you can use to quickly navigate through the video to see specific effects. Product Details Compatible with 3ds Max 2012/2013/2014 (64bit only)
Read More : http://jokermartini.com/
Midge Sinnaeve has developed a small script to generate Grass for your ArchViz scenes. The Grass Generator script removes the pain in scattering grass manually. Its a nice and simple to use script and its free. Download and give it a try.
Read More : http://www.themantissa.net/blog/2014/1/20/grass-generator-v1
Alessandro Cangelosi has posted a very nice tutorial to create the difficult modeling Cloth Ruffle tutorial. There is no need to use the polygon manipulation technique but just simple max cloth simulating tool within 3ds max.
Read More : http://cgcookie.com/max/2014/01/10/cloth-ruffle-modeling/
Here are some list of plugins that allow you to create Trees for 3ds max.
The plant factory :
The plant factory has been recently released from e-on but the cgartist out there have
a negative opinion over the pricing. Well there are a variety of different licencing
available though and maybe you can check it out. The Plant factory looks very promising
from the features it allows you to generate all sorts of vegetation.
Exlevel GrowFX :
GrowFX has been out there for a quite a long time and with its continuous updates with
the users needs if right now on the top of the plant generator list. You can directly
create plants/trees within 3ds max and endless possibilities.
Onyx tree storm :
This is almost the oldest tree generators out there. Onyx is very useful for low poly
animated trees within 3ds max. Well it can generate high polys too..with limited
options available for tweaking. But yeah it does the work..
This is a free plugin for 3ds max and allows you to generate trees with limited
options..but what the hell..its free..
Avizstudio Atree3d :
This is one of the most popular plugin which enables you to generate trees with quite a
few options..easy to use and easy to edit..its really a nice plugin as its FREE
Well Xfrog is a nice tree generator..but now getting unpopular..rather its ready to use
models are used much more than its tree generating Software.
Laubwek Plants :
Cgtrader launched a new challenge for the 3D Artists out there. You need to design new generation 3D Game models that should not overcome the boundary of 50,000 polygons. Create any fantasy 3D game characters which you have dreamed about. There is no boundaries on the number of 3d models that you upload. There are stunning prizes for the winners.3D Game Model Challenge will run from the 29th of August, 2013, to the 15th of October, 2013.
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