With drag-and-drop simplicity, and easy-to-use tools that modify the shape, age, season and level of detail for each of Laubwerk’s stunning 3D plants, users can seamlessly add 3D trees to any CG project. For Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, Trimble SketchUp, and Python.
3D trees are an essential part of many CG scenes. Laubwerk was founded on the idea that architects and CG artists shouldn’t have to choose between inefficient photomontage, boring, static tree models that lack versatility, or overly-complicated modeling tools with hundreds of parameters that forces users to take extra time to design each 3D tree from scratch.
We believe that CG artists and architects require a drag-and-drop, render-ready solution with an intuitive parameter to customize each 3D tree.
Our first solution is the Laubwerk Plants Kits, a series of render-ready 3D trees that offer maximum flexibility for users while minimizing the time (and computer memory) spent inserting foliage into 3D scenes.
Each Kit comes with 10 species of render-ready smart trees, that can be dragged-and-dropped into 3D scenes, then quickly and easily adjusted according to the shape, age, season and level of detail the scene requires.
All of this can be accomplished via the free Laubwerk Player that brings the 3D trees to life. This plugin Player seamlessly integrates into Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design, MAXON Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, Trimble SketchUp, and Python. And more 3D design platforms are on the horizon.
Laubwerk’s stands apart in the 3D tree software market by offering an elegant solution to the needs of CG artists by offering a happy medium between static plant libraries like HQ Plants®, ArchModels® and XfrogPlants®, and full plant modelers such as GrowFX® or Xfrog 5®.
Each 3D tree is created using a unique combination of procedural modeling and hand-detailing by a team of expert 3D artist and botanist, to ensure that each plant offers the highest-quality look using the least amount of processing power.
From there, novel programming solutions developed by Laubwerk’s CG engineers offer a fluent interface which expertly balances the artists’ desire for customization and the need to keep the process clean and simple for 3D artists who don’t want their workflow interrupted.
What makes Laubwerk different from the competition is a combination of 3D technology, artistic expertise, and plant science co-developed via enhanced partnerships with many of the industry’s top authorities.
Each innovation is driven by Laubwerk co-founders: Landscape designer Philip Paar and software developer Timm Dapper, who lead a multidisciplinary team of experts supported by active partnership with CG industry leaders such as greenworks and Xfrog co-founder Prof. Oliver Deussen, head of the computer graphics research group at University of Konstanz, and NVIDIA research group at the Advanced Rendering Center in Berlin.
Laubwerk is an Autodesk® Authorized Developer and maintains active partnerships with Forest Pack creators iToo software, and landscape scenery visualization firm Lenné3D GmbH.
The 3D plant’s solution developed by Laubwerk’s expansive team of CG, architecture and botany experts allows Laubwerk to offer solutions to a vast variety of digital greenery needs.
New features, products, and applications — inspired by user requirements and enabled by our core technology — are being actively explored.
Architects, CG artists and anyone interested in the future of high-quality, render-ready 3D greenery can experience the Laubwerk solution by trying our Plants Kit Freebie or by purchasing Laubwerk Plants Kits from our online store. Satisfied users can look forward to additional Plants Kits featuring more 3D tree and plant species in the very near future.
The Laubwerk Plants extension gives users of V-Ray or Thea for SketchUp access to an extensive library of render-ready, realistic, procedural 3D plants. The plants are loaded as simple proxy objects into your SketchUp model. At render time these are automatically exchanged by the high detail representation. That way, you can quickly place and interact with your model even with many trees in your scene, while the highly details full quality version is created in the background and only loaded at render-time.
The plants contain full render-ready materials and texture set up for your renderer. No manual set up of materials or manual proxy set up needed.
Each Plants Kit contains a selection of ten species in three variations, three ages, and four seasons, leading to a total of 360 model variants per Kit. Change the models to suit your needs
Get the Plants Kit Freebie today. It contains five example plant species and the full functionality of the extension. No time, usage or feature restrictions apply. Just go ahead and render away…
Every plant is a procedural model that lets you change a number of parameters through the Plant Attribute Editor. That way you can easily change the age, variation, season, as well as leaf density and level of detail for the rendered geometry.
The Laubwerk Plants Extension includes a browser that gives you a quick overview over all plant models with thumbnails, botanical and common name, description, and size ranges. It also sports a quick search box.
Laubwerk Plants works perfectly with the interactive rendering modes of both, V-Ray and Thea. That way plants can be removed and added, different variations can be swapped in, and settings can be changed, while working in an interactive rendering session.
Laubwerk Plants work out of the box with the phantastic Skatter Extension for SketchUp!
V-Ray for SketchUp 2.x and 3.x
Thea 1.5.08.488.1455 or higher
Fully compatible with Skatter
Read what 3D professionals write about our solution:
3D World Mag – 3D World October 2013, p. 91 (print version) – The Magazine for 3D Artists (in English)
RonenBekerman.com – 3D Architectural Visualization Blog (in English)
Dr. Online Magazine – by Giuliano Fann (in Chinese)
Software3D-Blog – Die Informationsplattform rund um 3D (in German)
Matt Guetta – 3D architectural blog (in French)
Me-Crew.com – by Joep van der Steen (in Dutch)
3Dsoftware.cz – by Pavel Zoch, Ph.D. (in Czech)