27th September 2017 - We are excited to announce the release of SIM_CarbonTool 8.6.0.

Adds paintable Cloth aerodynamics (drag, skin drag, and lift) parameters (SOP + DOP) and lots of fixes.

Full release notes available with the download.

11th September 2017 - RodeoFX contributed some amazing FX to the blockbuster "IT".

They used Carbon for Pennywise cloth, saliva and tentacles. Furthermore, Carbon Cloth was also used to simulate the dead kids' clothes, and a lot of morphing applications have been handled with Carbon Tetras.



8th September 2017 - We are pleased to announce the release of SIM_CarbonTool 8.5.0

New features include;
* New Carbon Binding painted attributes parameters for radius, stiffness, and viscosity.
* Carbon Binding parameter override to allow individual binding parameters per binding pairs.
* Groom mesh parameter for the Carbon N-Lattice node, fixing the Angle Limit in the process.
* Improve the Carbon N-Lattice scaling.
+ lots of fixes. 

7th September 2017 - Congratulations to Rodeo FX for winning an Animago Award for Best Visual Effects for its contribution to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

Rodeo FX used Carbon for Nundo skin deformation.

8th August 2017 - In the absence of any real competition in the desktop/workstation CPU space, Intel has been been strolling along for the last 10 years at its own incremental pace, increasing cores but not really increasing (well actually sometimes decreasing) clock speed.  Might be good for rendering, but large constraint network simulations, like cloth, benefit from higher clock speeds.

However finally in 2017 AMD has come out with Ryzen, a CPU competitive enough to lite a fire under Intel.
Ryzen is a desktop part with a lot of cores and so Intel has been forced to respond. 

As a result Intel has had to step up its game and release higher clock speed, higher core desktop CPUs.
Welcome to the i9-79xx range and we feel the 14 core i9-7940 is probably the best # cores vs Turbo Boost trade off - see turbo chart below.

We'll be benchmarking this CPU later in the year and with an all core turbo of 3.8GHz we are expecting a 20+% performance increase over the current 14 core E5 v3 and v4 (all core turbo of 3.1/3.2GHz). As these are desktop CPUs there is also plenty of scope for an easy 10% overclock to add a bit of spice. Finally these chips have a new matrix cache architecture and with some of the L3 cache moving to L2 both in the desktop and workstation parts. It will be interesting to see if this is beneficial to typical Carbon simulations.

On paper these desktop CPUs look ideal for workstation use and it will be interesting to see the knock on effect on the E5 series v5 CPUs usage, which will be at slightly lower clock speeds, and much more expensive as usual.

27th July 2017 - We are excited to announce the release of SIM_CarbonTool 8.4.0.

This includes some great new features.

  • New Carbon N-Lattice node for simulating foliage, plumage, hair, or other large set of lattice geometries.
  • New Carbon Override solver (DOP) and Carbon Simulation Override node (SOP) to use Carbon simulation in a Houdini multi-solver setup, an effective way to integrate with your own solvers, fields, ... etc.

Find out more about these new features here:

Carbon N-Lattice:

Carbon Override solver:


16th July 2017 - Congratulations to Rodeo FX for the great visual effects in Game of Thrones - Season 7,
including the ship sails that were simulated with Carbon.

6th June 2017 - We are excited to announce that we are almost ready to share our new Lattice Plumage / Foliage solution.

This is our second plumage product and it uses a different approach to the existing solution to ensure that we can cater to all plumage related needs of our customers.

Users are now able to provide a complete set of animated feathers for the whole plumage. These feathers can all have individual deformations and must only share the same grid topology.



This approach also excels for foliage simulations, as most foliage systems work natively with lattice geometry, so our new lattice based solution is making it even easier to integrate Carbon into your existing workflow for all types of plants and foliage simulations.

Having the option to use lattice guides with different resolutions makes this new feature so versatile that it can be used to simulate a large variety of plants, ranging from thousands of low-resolution leaves on a tree to a few dozen high-resolution fern leaves.

Remember that each and every object in Carbon is fully integrated and can interact/collide with any other Carbon object. You can see how the fern grows and bends along the tree trunk in the video below. One could also imagine an animal walking by the fern and brushing the leaves with its body; or fruits falling down from the tree and landing on the leaves, deforming them under their weight.

Here is a teaser for a fern growing by a tree and reacting to wind gusts:

Stay tuned as more information about this new feature will follow in the next few weeks...

15th May 2017 - We welcome Digital Domain as the latest major studio to license Carbon.
We look forward to enjoying the great work they produce with Carbon.