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ZBrush Software Press Release: Decimation Master and 3D Print Exporter for high resolution mesh export and 3D Printing

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i-zbrush-decimation-3d-print-modeling-plugin-softwarePRESS RELEASE: Pixologic Inc., makers of the award winning sculpting, texturing, and 2.5D painting application ZBrush, today announced the release of two new plug-ins which will extend the capabilities for export and manipulation of high resolution meshes; Decimation Master and 3D Print Exporter.

Decimation Master is the perfect solution for optimizing the polygon counts of models with minimal loss of visual quality. This goes hand in hand with 3D Print Exporter, which opens the world of rapid prototyping and 3D Printing to all ZBrush artists.

Decimation Master

ZBrush Decimation Master: a polygon reduction add-on for ZBrush by Pixologic

ZBrush Decimation Master: a polygon reduction add-on for ZBrush by Pixologic

Decimation Master allows the artist to drastically reduce the number of polygons in a high-resolution 3D model while preserving its visual appearance. The purpose of such a plug-in is to offer many new possibilities for ZBrush artists:

  • Reducing mesh resolution to a level that standard 3D applications can easily handle while preserving high-resolution detail created in ZBrush.
  • Optimization for characters and assets for games.
  • Producing highly detailed and optimized renders without the need of normal maps or displacement maps.
  • Optimizing models for 3D printing or rapid prototyping purposes.
Decimation plug-in for ZBrush: polygon count reduction example

Decimation plug-in for ZBrush: polygon count reduction example

Decimation for ZBrush: polygon count optimization for a 3D character model

Decimation for ZBrush: polygon count optimization for a 3D character model

Decimation Master not only significantly lowers poly counts while preserving high resolution detail, but also supports advanced operations like;

  • Preprocessing which allows for quick decimation at any percentage.
  • Decimation across all visible subtools.
  • Masking to limit decimation in localized areas to preserve even more detail.
  • Preserves mesh UVs.
  • Preserves poly painting information.

“The Decimation Master plug-in for ZBrush not only helped speed up production time, its results were of a consistently higher final output quality. The ability to mask areas and preserve resolution after decimation is nothing short of incredible!”

Brandon Fayette – Lead Artist, Bad Robot Productions

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the Pixologic team during the development of Decimation Master. The results are very clean, and the plug-in makes the process of getting models from ZBrush back into 3ds Max as painless as possible. I love the ability to process all SubTools at once, and then dump them all out into a single .obj file. Decimation Master is now an integral part of our pipeline because it saves a lot of time, and allows us to process an insane amount of detail at a fraction of the original poly count.”

Shane Caudle, Technical Art Director, Epic Games

“I have been decimating everything today and taking it all into Mental Ray for renders, HOLY CRAP!!!

What a time saver!!! The masking rocks as well! I will most likely be using it this week for some 3D prints. I have only scratched the surface but this is going to be one of my favorites!!!”

ZBrush polygon decimation example of a 3D head model

ZBrush polygon decimation example of a 3D head model

Scott Patton – Lead Character Designer, Legacy Effects

“If ZBrush is a rock factory, Decimation Master is the catapult: 2.000.000 points down to 100.000 without noticeable difference… You really have to press the wireframe button to believe it!”

“It was definitively the missing plug-in in our previous production pipeline for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter; using Decimation Master now greatly improves quality and efficiency for our next games.”

Vincent Delassus – Art Technical Director, Ubisoft Paris

“This works beautifully – the on-the-fly ability to adjust quality level works great and the resulting fidelity preservation is unbelievable! The Decimation Master is better than any reduction tool we’ve seen available with regard to details and speed; it grants the ability to efficiently work with any level of mesh density with precise control over quality.”

Matt Vogt – Artist, Offload Studios Inc.

“This plug-in is essential for rendering or printing in 3D. With this tool you can easily achieve the 250 MB file size requirement of 3D printers. Decimation Master makes it possible to freely work on your models with over 15 or even 20 million polygons for high resolution detailing, than transform the model to a medium or low resolution while retaining the same best-resolution details! In other words, you can convert 20 million polygons to 2 million. Decimation Master is an amazing tool!”

Alonso Varela – Green Apple Workshop

“The Decimator is allowing us to work much more efficiently with ZBrush tools that have insanely high poly counts! The detail that we are able to maintain in the 3D printing process will yield some of the most amazing tactual 3d sculpts ever seen!”

Bill Henderson – Creative Director – Offload Studios Inc.

More information on Decimation Master can be found at ZBrush Central:

http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=71265

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One Response to “ZBrush Software Press Release: Decimation Master and 3D Print Exporter for high resolution mesh export and 3D Printing”

  1. 3d print Says:

    The Decimator is allowing us to work much more efficiently with ZBrush tools that have insanely high poly counts! The detail that we are able to maintain in the 3D printing process will yield some of the most amazing tactual 3d sculpts ever seen!”