RailClone is a parametric modelling and spline-cloning plugin for 3ds Max. Aimed at making asset creation more artist-friendly, it eliminates the need for time-consuming manual editing of fixed objects. The tool offers a unique approach to asset creation; rather than creating objects from scratch, it allows users to construct them by assembling and repeating pre-existing geometry based on a simple set of rules. If you are proficient in modelling with 3ds Max, you can effortlessly create procedural objects using RailClone.
One of RailClone's most significant features is its versatility. While many other plugins or scripts focus on generating a specific type of model, RailClone allows for a broader range of creative freedom. You can construct almost anything, be it architectural structures, VFX layouts, or complex environmental assets.
Ease of Use
RailClone features a visual Style Editor, making it accessible to users who may not have any programming knowledge. The editor allows you to build sophisticated structures and assets with a straightforward, intuitive interface.
The plugin is optimised for high performance, being fully multithreading. This means that RailClone can generate and render expansive objects made up of thousands of detailed components without a hit to your system's performance.
The software is also adaptive, assembling, transforming, slicing, and deforming geometry to form seamless objects. You simply define a set of rules, and RailClone takes care of constructing the object, even if the path you are working with is curved.
RailClone includes advanced algorithms to make your modelling process smarter. The tool can automatically deform geometry to align with uneven paths and surfaces, thus simplifying the creation of intricate models like inclined walls, stairs, handrails, and fences.
For users who prefer to jump-start their projects, RailClone Pro comes with nearly 400 predefined styles. These range from fences and railings to walls and barriers. The library is fully customisable, enabling you to add new categories and models and share them with colleagues.
RailClone has a wide range of applications across different sectors.
- In architectural visualisation, it allows for the quick creation and editing of smart architectural components.
- For VFX artists, its rule-based approach makes parametric layout both accessible and efficient, suitable for projects ranging from detailed close-ups to expansive, planet-scale designs.
- In Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC), the tool is invaluable for projects that need frequent updates, as the models are editable at any point in time, thus saving you time spent on manual adjustments.
Pro License Features
A professional license of RailClone includes compatibility with 3ds Max versions from 2013 to 2024, with official support starting from the 2019 edition. It offers native support for most popular rendering engines and comes with a comprehensive library of presets. The package also includes premium email and forum support, along with access to newly released libraries and macros during the maintenance period.
Download RailClone Lite, the free version of the plugin and use it in your personal and commercial projects. If you are new to RailClone, see the Getting Started guide for videos, tutorials and more help in your first steps using the software.