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Blender Fluids for Lightwave(2)

Blender SPH particle based fluids to lightwave tutorial and script. The Blender script is a replacement for the mdd addon installed with Blender. It adds a checkbox for exporting in Lightwave mode which swaps the Y and Z coordinates of the points. This tutorial is based on the video by James Guard for getting particles from Blender to Modo,

Update June 1 2014: Tried 100,000 particles and had no improvement in the quality of the fluid in Lightwave. A few days later recreated the 25,000 particle run and changed the Hypervoxel Blend value from 100% to 3% gave a much more fluid like result. You tube link: The plan is for the 4th test to use more particles(50,000?) with better HV materials, tweaked HV size and blend values and better environment for the render.

Image has 25000 particles. Guessing that something between 100,000 and 1,000,000 particles are needed for a smooth result.

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MP4, size 24.8MB, play time 7:34

Walk through the scene in Lightwave. Export FBX file. Setup Blender Addon. Setup and run the simulation.



MP4, size 46.8MB, play time 10:41

Instancing in Blender, export obj and mdd files. Import to Lightwave.


Software used:


Install the modified mdd exporter for Blender:

Basic steps:

  1. Export scene to fbx (binary, scale = 0.01)
  2. Import fbx to Blender
  3. Add particle system
  4. Under Physics choose Fluid
  5. Under Render choose Unborn and Died to keep a constant particle count
  6. Particle life set longer than timeline
  7. Collisions set stickiness to about 1 to prevent bouncing
  8. Set cache to every frame to remove mysterious particle bounce
  9. Subframes to automatic
  10. Create a mesh composed of one vertex located at the origin - if mesh imported from Lightwave set rotations to zero
  11. Apply the Particle Instance modifier
  12. Export the scene or just the mesh in fbx or obj format with default options
  13. export the mesh in mdd format choosing the Lightwave mode option
  14. load the fbx/obj into Layout with scale = 100
  15. load the mdd onto the geometry
  16. apply hypervoxels