Mantaflow is a unified simulation framework for both fluid and smoke simulations. It is currently integrated into Blender. BlenderDiplom will provide demos of the state of integration whenever new features arrive.
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More Cycles smoke and fire awesomeness in this demo video, this time including explosions!
Recently, I got contacted by a team of artists who wanted to do an exhibition in NYC with support from Eyebeam. I donated a simulation created in Blender.
Blender 2.71 will have the possibility to render smoke and fire in Cycles. This is a feature many users have waited for since Cycles was first shown to the public. Here are some demos:
As I was trying to come up with a title image for the updated displace modifier tutorial, I simply used it on Suzanne. The result reminded me very much of cubism style, more precisely of a painting I had to reproduce in school: Picasso's Three Musicians. I studied the original and realized:
Blender 2.70 will have one big new feature: Volumetrics! Not the entire toolbox like point densities or voxel rendering which would be required for smoke. But small things like volumetric absorption!
An in-depth review of the eBook edition of "Blender 2.6 Cycles Materials And Textures Cookbook" which is written by Enrico Valenza and published by Packt Publishing.