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Blender Foundation to launch pro networking site

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Here’s one we made earlier: intended as a “partnership program and online directory” for Blender professionals, the new Blender Network site will be run by Bart Veldhuizen, the founder of BlenderNation (shown above).

The Blender Foundation is to launch a new networking website for professional Blender users.

The Blender Network, which will be built and managed by Bart Veldhuizen from BlenderNation, will act as a “partnership program, online directory and social network for Blender professionals”.

“We want to improve visibility for the outside world that Blender’s being used by professionals, and that there [are] services offered around Blender commercially,” wrote Blender Foundation chairman Ton Roosendaal.

According to comments on BlenderNation, membership fees are still being finalised, but are expected to be around €50 ($60) for freelancers and €250 ($300) for corporate members.

Increasing commercial acceptance
The new community forms the latest stage in the Blender Foundation’s drive for acceptance of the popular open-source package within the commercial world.

Last year, the Foundation put together a pretty impressive Siggraph showreel, while its current open movie, Tears of Steel, is intended to validate Blender’s VFX pipeline.

The Blender Network site itself is due to go live by 6 August, in time for this year’s Siggraph.

Read the official announcement on

Read the unofficial announcement on BlenderNation

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3 responses to “Blender Foundation to launch pro networking site”

  1. Simon said:

    I’ve got excited, until I’ve read the “fees will apply” – thanks, but no, thanks.
    You can network with other Blender Pros anywhere and share the ideas, knowledge..This is just another guy trying to cash-in on social type website…

    1:01 pm on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  2. Cakewalkcg said:

    WOW thats a great news for the Blender artists. Well everything should not be free in my opinion. Artist need money to continue their artworks.

    Visit for free 3D models and video tutorials.

    12:00 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  3. Jim Thacker said:

    I think the fees are still TBC: the numbers in the story come from the original white paper from 2010. Link here. Also, it’s worth noting that this isn’t a third-party site: it’s being organised by the Blender Foundation – Bart Veldhuizen has just been brought in to run it.

    3:14 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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