Artist-friendly parametric modelling and layout for 3ds Max
WHAT IS RAILCLONE?
Tired of using fixed, hard to modify, assets that require time-consuming manual labour to edit? Wish it was easier to create smart parametric objects that are easy to update, can be used and reused again and again, but requires minimal time investment? Enter RailClone - the artist-friendly parametric modelling and spline-cloning plugin for 3ds Max that's fast, efficient, and easy-to-learn.
RailClone is unlike any other tool on the market. Objects are created simply by assembling and repeating existing geometry using an easy-to-define set of rules. If you can model in Max, you can create procedural objects with RailClone
Choose from hundreds of built-in presets, adapt existing objects by adding your own geometry, or even create your own from scratch using RailClone's easy-to-understand visual editor
THANKS TO RAILCLONE, NOW ANYONE CAN CREATE AND USE SOPHISTICATED PARAMETRIC ASSETS.
How does it work?
Learning RailClone is as easy as 1-2-3
1 - Base Objects
RailClone doesn't construct an object from scratch, it works by assembling and repeating existing pieces of geometry along paths. To do this it needs two things - a spline for the path and of course, some modular geometry.
2 - Rule Generators
Imagine you're explaining to a manufacturer how to build this bus shelter, you might say: "Put a glass panel at the start and the end, add mullions at 2m intervals, then fill in between with the roof and glazing." If you understand this, you understand RailClone.
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RAILCLONE 5: MAKE LIGHT WORK OF SMART ASSETS
Check out what's new in our latest release
Bake RailClone objects to a proxy cache without destroying instancing or losing access to advanced features. Caches can be stored in the scene or exported to a separate file to minimise file bloat and make them easy to reuse.
Distribute Lights and VDBs
Distribute non-geometric objects including lights and VDB volumes. Combine them with geometry for hybrid styles and even use RailClone Colour with light tint to create random variations.
Support for Groups
Precompose objects into standard Max groups and use them as segments that can be any combination of geometric objects, non-geometric objects like lights and VDBs, or both.
Intuitive banking control
Control the banking angle of geometry at any point along a spline by adding easy-to-manipulate gizmos via the RC Spline modifier. By simply rotating a marker, the geometry twists, turns, and smoothly deforms to match.
New Evenly Modes
Distribute geometry at regularly spaced intervals along a spline with more control than ever before. Force an odd number of intervals, an even number, or simply use the original mode where the number is determined by best fit.
Drop Down Lists
Make it easier for users to select geometry, change materials, turn on and off elements, or control pretty much any attribute of a graph that takes a numeric input using easy to understand text-based drop-down lists.
Compatible with Arnold 7
Use the latest version of Autodesk's built in rendering engine, as well as the latest releases of V-Ray, Corona, and Redshift.
Control generators using Marker data
Use markers to control many Generator parameters when using Extend X/Y Size to area mode. Where multiple markers are found on a spline, the value is taken from the first marker found.
Improvements to clipping
Translate or rotate nested generators or composed objects outside the boundary of a clipping area and still retain all the segments. Great for creating 100s of randomised hinged or sliding doors and windows.
INTRODUCING RAILCLONE 5
MAKE LIGHT WORK OF SMART ASSETS
BAKE RAILCLONE OBJECTS
OPTIMISE SCENES USING PROXY CACHE
AND OTHER NON-GEOMETRIC OBJECTS
INTUITIVE BANKING CONTROLS
TWIST, TURN, AND SMOOTHLY DEFORM GEOMETRY
DISTRIBUTE GROUPS, DROP-DOWN LISTS
NEW EVENLY MODES, MARKER AND CLIPPING IMPROVEMENTS AND MORE!
PARAMETRIC MODELLING MADE EASY
With RailClone there are no limits on your creativity. Unlike other scripts and plugins that are designed for a single type of model, in RailClone you can create almost anything.
Easy to use
RailClone uses an easy-to-understand visual Style Editor to create sophisticated structures. Unlike other tools, absolutely zero programming knowledge is necessary.
RailClone is fully multi-threaded and highly optimized for speed. This, coupled with the efficient viewport display modes, and powerful instancing means that you can create and render huge objects, made from thousands of highly detailed parts.
RailClone assembles, transforms, slices and deforms geometry to create a seamless object. Just set a few rules, and the object is constructed for you automatically, even on curved paths!
Let RailClone do the thinking for you with advanced algorithms to deform geometry to follow sloping paths and surfaces. Inclined and uneven walls, stairs, handrails and balustrades and stepped fences are no longer a chore to create in 3ds Max.
Ready to go
RailClone Pro comes with nearly 400 predefined styles, including fences, railings, barriers, traffic, walls, and much more. The library browser is fully customizable, allowing you to add new categories and models with and share them with your colleagues
Read more about RailClone's features in the technical specificationTECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
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A PRO LICENSE OF RAILCLONE INCLUDES
Plugins compatible with 3ds Max 2013 - 2022 (Official support from 2017)
Access to new free libraries and macros released during the maintenance period
"Forest pro and RailClone have been our "secret weapon" tools for a long time. We use them in all our environments for each project. Usually for distribution of objects, but sometimes we use them in ways the developers had never dreamed of!"
Christian Haas - LUXX Studio
"RailClone and ForestPack are these rarest of tools: Plugins that let you make things in 3ds Max that would otherwise be not just difficult but often entirely impossible to do. I never start using a new version of Max until I've installed both of them. I use them not just to dress scenes and scatter environment elements but also as part of my modeling workflow. The possibilities they afford are almost unlimited."
Bertrand Benoit - BBB3viz
"RailClone is the ultimate set dressing solution. Whether you need quick generic setups or complex show specific creations - RailClone has reliable, easy to use tools that can handle anything."
Sergej Eichmann - CG Supervisor at Blur Studio
RailClone comes in 2 versions
- Can be used commercially.
- Free to use and never expires.
- Does not include a Maintenance Plan, with no access to prioritised technical support, forum file downloads, new content and betas.
- Three segments per object.
- One generator per object.
- NEW! Use advanced algorithms to deform geometry and follow paths on the X/Y and Z axes.
- NEW! Can be collapsed to editable mesh.
- Limited subset of presets.
- Libraries cannot be customised.
- Does not include RailClone Tools, cannot be converted to instances.
- Can be used commercially.
- Perpetual licensing.
- Includes a one year extendable Maintenance Plan with prioritised technical support, early access to beta versions, and regular updates.
- Unlimited segments per object.
- Unlimited generators per object.
- Use advanced algorithms to deform geometry and follow paths on the X/Y and Z axes.
- Can be collapsed to editable mesh.
- Over 420 presets.
- Add your own preset libraries.
- Includes RailClone Tools to convert to native instances.
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