Monday, October 3rd, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

Thinkbox Software releases Frost MX 2.0


Thinkbox Software has released Frost MX 2.0, the latest version of its tool for meshing large 3ds Max particle systems, improving V-Ray compatibility, and “nearly doubling performance” over previous releases.

A heavyweight VFX tool for meshing particle or point cloud data
First released in 2011, Frost is a compound geometry object for 3ds Max that can be used to generate a single mesh from particles, vertex clouds, object positions, or point data files – or a mix of the four.

The software has been used on a range of ads and movie projects by firms including Blur Studio, Prime Focus and Unit Image.

Faster, and better integrated with V-Ray
Version 2.0 doesn’t greatly extend the functionality of its predecessor: there’s a new Region of Interest option, which limits viewport meshing to a custom bounding box, but that’s pretty much it.

However, it does improve both workflow and pipeline integration significantly.

First up is the improvement in performance: Frost MX 2.0 offers “up to twice the speed in particle meshing modes”, according to Thinkbox.

Then there is improved integration with Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer, which enables “customisable particle scattering for distributing and rendering millions of mesh instances in Custom Geometry meshing mode”.

Frost’s new V-Ray Instancing mode uses dynamic memory allocation to minimise memory overheads when working with high numbers of instances, and supports all existing custom geometry features.

Other changes include a new dedicated Frost menu bar within 3ds Max’s main menu, making it quicker to access Frost’s key features. You can read a full list of changes via the link below.

Pricing and availability
Frost MX 2.0 is available for 64-bit editions of 3ds Max 2012 and above. New workstation licences cost $495, including unlimited rendering licences. The V-Ray functionality requires V-Ray 3.1+.

Thinkbox Software is also working on a new Maya version of Frost, which is now in closed beta.

Read a full list of new features in Frost MX 2.0 on Thinkbox Software’s blog

Visit the Frost product webpage