Our current project is the LightWave Unified Physics Framework or UP for short. Unified Physics means that you can simulate fluids, rigid and soft bodies, cloth and ropes, all interacting with each other using the same integrated tool within LightWave Layout.
The current solver is NVIDIA’s Flex. This means there is no Mac version available at this time. The Cuda version requires a NVIDIA graphics card with a GeForce Game Ready Driver 372.90 or above and support for CUDA version 3.0 or higher. Here’s a helpful page if you’re not sure of your card’s capabilities. The D3D version of UP requires DirectX version 11 and should work on NVIDA cards and AMD cards using Radeon Software Version 16.9.1 or above.
UP is tested and working in LW 11.6.3 and LW 2015.3. We’re highly confident that it will work in the next version of LightWave and will provide a free update if for some reason it does not.
Please note that UP does not work on all graphics cards. Be sure to try the UP Demo version first before you buy since we cannot issue a refund if you’re received a license code.
We’ll be using a new development model for this project. We plan to complete the framework by developing and releasing for sale a suite of low cost artist friendly tools. The first such tool is called Squirt Gun and allows you to interactively inject streams of fluids into your LW scene.
The initial launch price includes the cost Squirt Gun and the UP framework. Owners of the framework will only have to pay for the cost of new tools as they arrive.
The Open Beta price of $99 is available until 1 week after Squirt Gun 1.0 is shipping. After this special ends, the price for the UP framework and it’s first tool will be $149.
At this time (but not set in stone), the next tool planned for the UP framework is the Flag tool, a cloth simulator which will interact with Squirt Gun’s fluids. We expect the price for this and other future tools to range from $20 – $50, depending on how much work is involved. Each time a new tool is released the base price of the UP will increase to account for the additional new features. Each new tool will have it’s own limited time launch special pricing.
Long time LightWave user Steve Cullum writes:
“I think your plugin has helped me get excited about Lightwave again! – I was feeling pretty stale with 3D in general , but I think my creative side has been given a good squirt in the face and has been woken up! Cheers!”