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BlenderFDS3 Fire Simulation Add-on is raising funds


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Fire officer Emanuele Gissi is maintaining BlenderFDS, a Blender front end to FDS. FDS is complex simulation software that's used in fire scientific simulations. Emanuele is now looking to raise some (modest!) funds to complete version 3.

Emanuele writes:

My name is Emanuele Gissi, I am a fire officer since 2002, serving at the Comando provinciale dei Vigili del Fuoco, Genova (Italy), a branch of the governmental fire safety national organization.

I am a mechanical engineer and obtained a doctorate in Engineering Physics (EP) in 2001. My work is focused on incident command, review of performance based fire safety design, and fire investigation.

I am the main developer of BlenderFDS3, the only open, multi platform, user interface for FDS6.

FDS6 is a computational fluid dynamics model of fire-driven fluid flow, mainly developed at NIST. The software solves numerically a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally-driven flow, with an emphasis on smoke and heat transport from fires.

All these tools are open source and freely available.
I am looking forward to releasing a BlenderFDS3 Release Candidate before the end of the year, but you can always check the current state of the code from the SVN repository.

Emanuele needs $850 to complete the project. Continue reading on the BlenderFDS3 Indiegogo page.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. This is the true beauty of the open source model.

    It's great to see Blender being used as a tool for medical and forensic research, and now, for fire fighting!
    Great job Emanuele! You make us all proud!

  2. With you as both a developer and a firefighter (and more, a firefighter using his development skills to improve firefighting safety and research), you've got my respect on several levels, good sir.

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