Monday, July 1st, 2019 Posted by Jim Thacker

cebas releases thinkingParticles 6.8

cebas Visual Technology has released thinkingParticles 6.8, the latest ‘subscription drop’ for its 3ds Max particle and physics plugin, adding over 30 tools for working with volumetric data in OpenVDB format.

The release also updates thinkingParticles’ SPH fluid solver.

Over 30 new nodes for loading, exporting and manipulating OpenVDB volumetric data
The update greatly extends thinkingParticles’ support for the industry-standard OpenVDB format, making it easier to exchange volumetric data with other DCC applications.

It adds over 30 new nodes for manipulating OpenVDB data, ranging from basic functions like opening, displaying and meshing volumes to tools for fracturing, morphing or performing Boolean operations on them.

Other new nodes perform tasks ranging from computing how air will flow around objects to filling a 3D volume procedurally with spheres of varying radius. You can find a full list in the online documentation.

Other changes in thinkingParticles 6.8 include further updates to the Flow Solver, the software’s SPH fluid solver, originally introduced in thinkingParticles 6.0.

The changes are described as making the solver “more stable yet more splashy and lifelike”.

Pricing and availability
thinkingParticles 6.8 is available now for 3ds Max 2017 and above. The software is available on a rental-only basis, with a subscription costing €540 per year (around $610).

Read an overview of the key features in thinkingParticles 6.8 on cebas’s website

Read a full list of features in thinkingParticles 6.8 in the online documentation