Thursday, May 8th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group releases Phoenix FD 2.2 for 3ds Max

An explosion created in Phoenix FD 2.2 by Chaos Group’s Svetlin Nikolov. See more videos on Vimeo.

Chaos Group has released Phoenix FD 2.2 for 3ds Max: a free update to the fluid dynamics tool, and one of the few since version 2.0 was originally released in 2011.

New self-illumination system, morph controls and import/export formats
The list of features is actually pretty impressive for an interim update, including internal self-illumination, and an improved point shader with light cache support for rendering millions of particles.

There are also new morphing tools with new attraction forces to make simulations more art-directable; direct RGB settings to mix the colours used in simulations; and the option to loop simulation clips endlessly for review.

Foam splash and drag particles can now be exported in Krakatoa’s PRT file format; and voxel data in the Field3D and OpenVDB formats can now be imported for rendering inside Phoenix FD.

Phoenix FD 2.2 is available now for 3ds Max 9 and above, price $960.

Read a full list of new features in Phoenix FD 2.2 in Chaos Group’s documentation