Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe releases Substance 3D Modeler 1.7

A spacecraft model created by Adobe Creative Director Vladimir Petkovic using Substance 3D Modeler, and posted on Discord to announce the release of Substance 3D Modeler 1.7.

Adobe has released Substance 3D Modeler 1.7, the new version of the VR sculpting tool.

The update introduces a new algorithm for up-resing sculpts, and improves workflow for Boolean operations, and when using the Erase, Crop or Split tools.

Sculpt organic and hard-surface models in VR using a virtual clay workflow
Released in 2022, Substance 3D Modeler lets users sculpt both organic and hard-surface models in virtual reality, or in desktop mode using a mouse and keyboard.

Like its precursor, Medium, which Adobe acquired in 2019, it uses Signed Distance Fields to represent 3D space, rather than treating 3D geometry as a polygonal mesh.

As a result, workflow combines elements of digital sculpting and Boolean modelling, with users able to build up forms with virtual clay, then join them or cut into them with Boolean operations.

You can find more details in this story on Substance 3D Modeler 1.0.

New in version 1.7: better upscaling and Boolean operations
Substance 3D Modeler 1.7 is primarily a workflow update, with the main change being the new upscaling algorithm.

The change is intended to avoid artifacts when increasing the resolution of a sculpting layer, like the ridge around the middle of the sphere in the before-and-after comparison above.

Other changes include progress bars for Boolean operations in the UI; and better handling of interior color when using the Erase, Crop or Split tools to remove virtual clay.

it is also now possible to limit viewport frame rate on desktop as well as in VR mode, to reduce processor usage.

Price and system requirements
Substance 3D Modeler 1.7 is compatible with Windows 10+, and these VR headsets.

It is available via Substance 3D Collection subscriptions, which cost $49.99/month or $549.88/year. Perpetual licences are available via Steam, and cost $149.99.

Read a full list of new features in Substance 3D Modeler 1.7 in the online documentation

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