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Arnold Render Comes to Blender


Tyler Furby writes:

In an effort to bring industry standard tools to the free and open-source 3D computer graphics software Blender, a new add-on, Barnold, is currently in development which aims at bringing Solid Angle's unbiased, physically based, ray tracing 3D rendering application Arnold Render to Blender's tool-set.

Barnold aims at becoming a production ready add-on, allowing all features of Arnold to be used right within Blender's interface. The developer of this add-on, Tyler Furby, extends Ildar Nikolaev's work on the Barnold plugin from several years ago and is committed to ensuring this add-on supports all future versions of both Blender and Arnold in the years to come.

Barnold is currently in early beta and development is actively being worked on, if you would like to try it out yourself, you can download Barnold (beta) from GitHub.

About the Author

Tyler Furby

Software Developer and 3D Animation Generalist.


    • I'll definitely take a look into that, I'm working on getting Barnold production ready and then a Google Cloud Zync plugin to allow cloud rendering in Blender, I'll definitely be sure to add Maxwell rendering for Blender to the list! Perhaps, Baxwell?

  1. Alexander Martis on

    I don't understand. Arnold is OSL right? And Blender has OSL. So why need Arnold? Arnold shaders are compatible with Blende, right?

    • No, both are very different from each other. You may be able to write a converter, but the two are not compatible in any way. Also, each one is a completely different render engine, creating very different results in the final image.

      A good example of this, render an interior scene with cycles - then again with Arnold, and you'll already see a major difference.

  2. Great news ! thanks for our effort :)

    I would like to ask you, it will be a fully integrated rendered (like Octane for Blender) or there will be an exporter to standalone version, like Corona or Vray has ?

    Thanks for your answer

    • Fully integrated, just like cycles or octane :) currently working on getting the IPR for the rendered view and live bucket tiles during renders/animation sequences.

  3. Brian Lockett on

    I want to make some pun about Blender and the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger line "Git to the choppah!"...but nothing comes readily to mind.

      • Of course not, it is just rapidly integrated by Autodesk into theirs products.
        Thay are hurrying up, doing it really rapidly, because they didn't made any kind of nice render engine for last 30 years, so they are failing there pretty much often, so they are interested to make you think like this)

        They are not industry standard tool, until you will make them.

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