KM-3D delivers Smooth Boolean 2.0 for 3ds max
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
KM-3D – also known as tool developer Kamil Małagowski – has released Smooth Boolean 2.0, a new version of its popular Boolean modeling plug-in for 3ds Max.
The update improves the output when creating low-poly meshes Boolean and adds a nifty new modifier for smooth bridges, which allows open edges with different geometry numbers to be connected.
Designed as an alternative to 3ds Max tools for real production work
Smooth Boolean was intended to be a more powerful alternative to 3ds Max's native Boolean and ProBoolean tool sets in production and was originally shipped last year.
Małagowski claims that the topology he created requires less cleaning than the one created using alternative methods.
In addition to industrial design, the plugin is aimed at more general modeling work, especially for games.
The product website says, "If you just want your 3D models to look great … or need to bake something for games, you don't have to waste time modeling fancy Sub-D networks."
New in Smooth Boolean 2.0: Better performance on the Boolean low-poly mesh
Version 2.0 of the plugin improves the workflow with low poly meshes: the video above shows output that "looks like (3ds Max 'recently updated Chamfer modifier) but has no limitations".
The update also improves output when combining high and low resolution meshes into a single object.
The new Smart Bridge modifier connects open edges of meshes with different geometry numbers
Additionally, Smooth Boolean 2.0 adds Smart Bridge, a nice looking new modifier that can connect the open edge loops of two meshes, even if the edge numbers are different.
Another new modifier, sbNormalMap, restores the explicit normals for Smooth Boolean objects after editing, allowing the output to be edited without losing the quality of the generated edges.
Base performance has been improved – Małagowski claims that solving a Boolean is now "15-20% faster", while workflow improvements include a visual debugging system that highlights problematic parts of a network.
Pricing and system requirements
Smooth Boolean 2.0 is available for 3ds Max 2013+. It costs € 99. A free trial version is available that will preview the output but will not generate a renderable mesh.
For more information on the new features in Smooth Boolean 2.0, please visit the KM-3D website
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