Greg Zaal, the creator of HDRO Haven and Texture Haven, has announced that thanks to a $10000 grant from Epic Games he and Cameron Casey will soon launch a new project called 3D Model Haven. Similar to the other sites, this will offer high-quality free 3D assets. According to Zaal, "The Epic grant will cover the work required to get the site up and running with some decent initial content, but after that, we'll be relying on Patreon support just like HDRI and Texture Haven to keep it going." The 3D Model Haven site is already live. but at present features just a coming soon message. We'll report more information as it becomes available.
Exoside has announced the release of Quad Remesher for Blender. The plugin is an auto-retopology tool created by Maxime Rouca, the developer of ZRemesher, capable of working on hard-surface as well as organic objects. To learn more, visit the Quadremesher website.
EA has announced an open-source library called Dem Bones. The library implements the state-of-the-art skinning decomposition solution that was first introduced in a SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 technical paper called “Smooth Skinning Decomposition with Rigid Bones” by Binh Le and Zhigang Deng. (more...)