Next Limit Technologies
|Founded||February 14, 1998 in Madrid, Spain|
|Founders||Victor Gonzalez and Ignacio Vargas|
|Products||RealFlow, Maxwell Render, XFlowCFD, CaronteFX|
Next Limit Technologies is a computer software company headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1998 by engineers Victor Gonzalez and Ignacio Vargas the firm researches and develops innovative technologies in the field of digital simulation and visualization. This software can be applied to a wide variety of professional fields spanning from engineering to digital content.
The company's projects include: Maxwell Render (a light simulator and physically correct render engine), XFlow (engineering software for fluid and wind tunnel simulation), RealFlow (a dynamics and fluid simulator for film production) and CaronteFX (a physically-based animation editor extension for Unity (game engine)). RealFlow has been used in the production of films such as: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 300, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robots, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and others.
- Fluid Dynamics Simulator: RealFlow
- Physically correct light simulator and render engine: Maxwell Render
- Fluid and wind tunnel simulator for engineering and science: XFlow CFD
- Highly integrated physically-based animation editor extension tool for Unity (game engine): CaronteFX
Maxwell Render Alpha version
|2005||Maxwell Render Beta version|
|2006||Maxwell Render 1.0
Maxwell Render 1.1
|2007||Maxwell Render 1.5
Maxwell Render 1.6
Maxwell Render 1.6.1
|2008||Maxwell Render 1.7|
|2009||Maxwell Render 2.0|
|2011||XFlow CFD 2011
Maxwell Render Suite 2.6
Maxwell for Google SketchUp
Maxwell Render 2.7
Maxwell Render Learning Edition
Maxwell Render 2.6.1
Maxwell for SketchUp
Maxwell Render 3.0
Maxwell Render 3.0.1
Maxwell Render 188.8.131.52 beta
|2015||Maxwell Render 3.1
Maxwell Render 184.108.40.206
Maxwell Render 3.2
Research and Development
Next Limit has actively participated in various research projects throughout Europe as well as Spain. It is currently the leader of the European project, SAFECITI (Safe Citizen), which aims to create a simulation system for analysts that would predict the behavior of large crowds in urban environments in moments of panic, violence, or catastrophes. The system is based on serious game technology and is designed as a training platform. Other European projects that Next Limit has actively participated in are: PRISM, Skycoat and COELUX. COELUX is responsible for the production of a window with an optics system based on nanotechnology that can reproduce natural light and the appearance of solar and sky light. This technology is implemented in closed spaces that lack an exterior facing window.
In Spain, Next Limit has participated in biotechnology research to simulate the heart as a complex fluid structural system.
|2013||Mare Nostrum Award||Sociedad Científica Informática de España (SCIE) and the Congreso Nacional de Informática (CEDI)||Winner|
|2008||Technical Achievement Academy Award||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Winner|
|2008||Second Prize Chomón Award||Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España||Winner|
|2006||Maxwell Render||Information Society Technology (IST) prize||Winner|
|2006||RealFlow||Information Society Technology (IST) prize||Winner|
This was the second Technical Merit Oscar awarded to a Spanish person. The previous Oscar awarded to a Spanish person was Juan de la Cierva y Hoces in 1969 for his creation of the optic stabilizer Dynalens, an apparatus used to eliminate camera vibrations.