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Phoenix FD for 3ds Max


Phoenix FD 2.1 has been released.
See a full list of features and optimizations.

Product Overview

Phoenix FD is a powerful tool for fluid simulations. Aimed to meet the needs of VFX artist to simulate fire, smoke, explosions as well as liquids, foam and splashes, it has now become universal simulation software for every production house. Phoenix FD offers exceptional flexibility and speed. With an adaptive grid, complete interactivity, a GPU accelerated preview and a fully multi-threaded displacement algorithm it stands out as one of the top solutions for fluid simulations in the visual effects industry.

Phoenix FD 2.0 now adds the capability to generate and drag particles based on current simulations. This allows the user to add even finer detail to all types of simulations without the need to increase the simulation resolution.

General Overview Video By Michael McCarthy












Phoenix FD 2.0 for 3ds Max Key Features


Foam and splashes particle shader

Phoenix FD 2.0 comes with a brand new shader for particles. It allows the user to have full control when shading foam and splashes particles generated by the new core.



Simulation of foam and splashes

With the new and improved simulation core, Phoenix FD is capable of generating particles where foam or splashes would usually appear in a simulation. This extraordinary new technology allows the user to further increase the realism of liquid simulations.


GPU Preview improvements

In version 2.0 the GPU preview fully supports lighting and diffuse color shading. Additionally, the renderings can be automatically saved as PNG files in the simulation directory. This seemingly simple upgrade will allow the user to quickly preview their simulation results without having to waste time rendering them on the CPU.


Render particles as smoke

New and improved shading methods allow the rendering of small tightly packed particles as a volumetric smoke. This simple yet powerful solution allows the user to add plenty of detail to their simulations without sacrificing render times.

Particle export

The simulation core has been further improved to be able to efficiently trace particles. This allows the user to add even finer detail to all types of simulations without the need to increase the simulation resolution..

Pricing & Upgrade Policy

The official suggested end user price of a single new license of Phoenix FD 2.0 is: 960 USD/ 700 EUR/ 600 GBP
The official suggested end user upgrade price to Phoenix FD 2.0 is: 350 USD/ 250 EUR/ 210 GBP
Note: Prices do not include dongle/VAT/shipping

All customers who have purchased Phoenix FD between 01 September, 2011 and 21 November, 2011 are entitled to a free upgrade.

System requirements

Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 or higher) 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista Business (SP1 or higher) 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit
Minimum 2GHz CPU
Minimum 1GB RAM

Supported platforms

Currently supports 3ds Max platforms:

Autodesk 3ds Max 2014
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011
Autodesk 3ds Max 2011
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009
Autodesk 3ds Max 2008
Autodesk 3ds Max 9


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