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Andrei Sarmadac and Kun Shi release Rocket 3F

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Jim Thacker

 
Developers Andrei Sarmadac and Kun Shi have released Rocket 3F, a streamlined new polygonal and subdivision surface modeling application with a number of interesting features.

The software – the ‘3F’ stands for ‘fast, fun and friendly’ – is intended to give concept artists and designers a more intuitive route into 3D modelling than conventional DCC software.

From the developer of Nvil
Rocket 3F shares a code base with Nvil – formerly known as VoidWorld – Kun Shi’s existing modeling software, which also remains in active development.

Offering a highly customisable toolset and user interface, Nvil has been described by users as an extremely quick modeler, although time-consuming to set up.

Rocket 3F looks to preserve some of the unique features of Nvil, but with a workflow geared more towards artists who are new to 3D modeling.

 

 
Solid basis poly and sub-D modelling tools, plus a few interesting features
At the time of posting, the Rocket 3F website doesn’t include a written summary of the software’s features, so the simplest way to get a feel for what it does is to check out the video tutorials.

The software includes a standard basic range of tools for creating and editing polygonal and sub-D geometry, including a scene hierarchy and simple array, Boolean and instancing functionality.

More unusual features include the workflow, which is geared towards mouse or stylus-only input, and what Sarmadac describes as “absolutely unique” crease tools.

There is also the option to display models in silhouette-only mode, which looks useful for concept design.

Rocket 3F also comes with bridging plugins to intuitive NURBS modeler MoI, voxel sculpting and retopology tool 3D-Coat, and Luxion’s KeyShot renderer.

Feedback from early testers – this thread on The Foundry’s forum dates back to the beta release – has been broadly positive, with criticism centring mainly around the visual style of the UI, which was described by one poster as having an “ice-cream shop look”.

Pricing and availability
Rocket 3F is available now for 32 and 64-bit Windows 7 and above. The software is free for non-commercial use, although you’ll need to renew your subscription every month and sit through a 10-second splash screen.

The commercial version costs €55 (around $57) for individual artists or €155 ($161) for studios.

Read more about Rocket 3F on the product website

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