Fluent - Stressless Modeling Tool

by CG Thoughts in Scripts and Addons


WARNING: Fluent will transform you into an Elite Monster among hard surface artists. If you do not want to be elite, do not buy this tool.


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Create, edit and complete your work.

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Why Fluent is the greatest tool ever made ?

User-friendly
A slick interface with a simple menu. It's all you need.
Accurate drawing
Fluent's snapping grid and precision tools allow you to aim perfectly at any section of a polygon or edge. Fluent is the ideal solution for advanced hard surface work. Garunteed to bullseye womp rats at a thousand yards.
Completely Non-destructive
If you're knee-deep in details and after 30 hours you want to change something, don't worry. No, you don't have to cry. Fluent is completely non-destructive! It's all modifiers, baby! Feel free to go back and adjust any parameter as you bring your idea to life.
Get Fast. Real Fast.
As you become more fluent in Fluent, you will start using its handy hotkeys. With a bit of time and practice, you'll get so fast that your friends will think you're a Jedi in a Power Ranger outfit going Super Saiyan.
Smart Tools
Fluent was designed with a high level of efficiency in mind. The addon will take care of your work and remember your settings. As an example, boolean have their own collections, boolean objects have color ID's, and bevel settings are remembered for later use.
Zero Learning Curve
You can start by diving in and exploring the tool directly. You're garunteed to start figuring things out in just a few minutes, even without a tutorial. When you want to go deeper and see what other secrets Fluent has in store, go to our dedicated YouTube channel for detailed documentation and step-by-step tutorials.

Some features

Drawing

  • Rectangle/Square from corner/center.
  • Circle.
  • Random shape.
  • Solid of revolution.
  • Every face of the model are drawing plans.

User-friendly

  • Fly menu, all edition tools are here and only here, do not search everywhere.
  • Mirror and array widget for easy direction selection.
  • All informations on the screen, to know everything everytime.
  • No visual pollution, see only what you need when you need.
  • Everything is in the viewport.
  • Automatic bevel resolution, stop wasting your time to set each bevel segments.
  • etc...

Accurate drawing

  • Display the snap grid on everyface.
  • A menu to easly adjust the resolution, the scale and the rotation of the grid.
  • Align the grid along an edges to draw in the edge direction.
  • Use the grid to make solids of rotation.
  • Direction snap during the hand drawing.

Non destructive workflow

  • It's simple : EDIT EVERYTHING AT ANY TIME
  • Circular array, symetrize, inset, linear array, mirror...
  • 3 level of bevels and 2 level of solidify.

Smart tool box to manage whole the model in one click

  • Duplicate tool.
  • Boolean synchronization, to spread the adjustment to every duplicated object.
  • Global bevel factor, to increase/decrease each bevel of the model.
  • Bevel resolution, one click to adjust the bevel segments of everything.
  • Auto-boolean support making, to fix classic boolean error.
  • Auto-complete, to apply modifiers and get a freezed mesh.

Testimonials by Professionals

I like Fluent because it's useful for just about everything. Its versatility is tremendous.

Fluent isn’t strictly tied to scifi work, nor is it cornered into high-poly render models. I've used Fluent to create low-poly props as well, ranging from robot arms to structures like stone temples and shrines. Its boolean system is perfectly suited to creating complex designs for any purpose, even in ultra low-poly props & models.

Fluent is the ultimate cutting tool and was designed to modify truly complex geometry. The tool has a great deal of precision when it comes to the arcane angles of 3D space. If I need to cut into an archway or a circular doorframe, the treads of a tire, or even to cut out the pattern on the bottom of a shoe… that’s what Fluent is perfect for. You’ll find yourself using it on a daily basis, almost as frequently as the extrude command.

I like to combine Fluent with Zremesher 3.0. It’s the ultimate weapon for fast and detailed high-poly props. Try it out!

Allen Grippin, artist in the gaming world.

Rudy Michau, the developer
I have often been asked why I created Fluent.

When I began hard surface modeling, I eagerly tested the other tools available for this type of work. There are some great tools out there, and many are very inspiring to my own work. Unfortunately, at the time, I became frustrated with the sheer number of hotkeys and menus to remember. Not only that, but a lot of those tools were destructive, not taking full advantage of Blender's modifier stack. I never finished a model and I always got discouraged before the end. I felt like the whole process could be simplified and streamlined.

I am a Blender user who, like so many others, strives to make great art. It’s hard work! I'm not one of those geniuses who remembers how to do something after the first try. I like to tinker & try different things, and re-adjust my methods according to new projects. I didn’t want to memorize another dozen hotkeys on top of the existing Blender arsenal… I wanted a tool that was simple to use, yet fast and efficient.

From this experience was born the desire for a tool that could solve these problems, not just for myself but for every Blender user who encountered the same difficulties. That's why I put in the time and developed Fluent, according to these three criteria: user-friendly, non-destructive, and precision.

In only six months⁠— with the love and support of a fantastic community⁠— Fluent has become an essential tool for hard surface artists. Meanwhile, others are discovering uses that I would’ve never thought of, such as the modeling of an ancient temple!

Fluent has allowed me to make⁠— with great pleasure⁠— my first model of the hard surface type. It is this pleasure that I hope you find when you use Fluent for your own creations. This is what I love, and this is my livelihood.