NewTek Unveils New 3D Technology

February 8, 2009 1:15 am

Tags: Lightwave, Lightwave CORE, NewTek

LightWave® CORE™, a next generation, node-based 3D solution is revealed



SAN ANTONIO, Texas – February 4, 2009 – NewTek Inc. revealed today LightWave® CORE™, its next-generation 3D application via a streamed live presentation on to 3D artists around the world. LightWave CORE is a completely new system offering a unified environment that allows anything to be animated in any number of ways. LightWave CORE is a node-based, multi-processing, unified application, designed to be as future-proof as possible, with a concentration on capacity and performance.

"We debated, discussed and researched CORE for a long time before a line of code was even written. By designing a brand new architecture, we were able to create what I believe is a more flexible, bulletproof, forward-looking, high-capacity and performance-driven system than any 3D content creation environment currently on the market,” said Jay Roth, president, 3D Division, NewTek Inc. “Longstanding LightWave artists will still be comfortable with the changes made and new users will delight in the flexibility offered by NewTek LightWave CORE."

LightWave CORE offers a flexible user interface design with general access to most of the UI components available via CSS, including fonts, placement of controls and widgets, down to pixel-level accuracy. Users can also take advantage of snapping palettes to rearrange their screen at will and use the desktop management system to store their preferred layout in a per context fashion: settings for modeling, surface, rigging, animating, rendering and so on, all set and stored separately.

The SDK for CORE is C++-based and is the same for internal development as it is for external development. The architecture enforces full access to C++ SDK and scripting languages, featuring Python as the primary language, while remaining open to connection with a wide range of others through SWIG compliance. CORE is completely multi-threaded spawning as many threads as it needs. The system is both 64- and 32-bit compliant, and is capable of leveraging GPU power where applicable. It will be available on Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux.

NewTek LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including unlimited render nodes, hard- and soft-body dynamics, hair, fur, cloth simulation and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for visual effects in television, film, broadcast graphics, games, visualization, print and Web.

Pricing and Availability – Introducing HardCORE

LightWave CORE can be purchased the traditional way at the time of each final product release or by taking advantage of NewTek's new HardCORE membership program. HardCORE members receive exclusive access to ongoing software builds, special pricing, copy of the shipping version of the LightWave CORE release scheduled for Q4, a private forum for discussions with the LightWave development team, exclusive information updates, training videos, VIP invitations to special events, personalized membership card and of course, their own custom t-shirt.

LightWave v9 owners gain access to LightWave CORE with their HardCORE membership for US$395 (charter price) through March 31, 2009. Beginning April 1, HardCORE annual memberships for LightWave v9 owners will increase to US$495.

LightWave owners using any previous version of LightWave may upgrade to LightWave v9 and gain access to LightWave CORE with an included HardCORE annual membership for US$495. For 3D artists using other applications, Companion Upgrades to LightWave v9 will be available through March 31, 2009 at a cost of US$595 and come with a one year membership to HardCORE.

New LightWave v9 purchases through March 31, 2009 are available for US$895 and come with a one year membership to HardCORE. LightWave CORE is slated for a Q4 2009 release. LightWave CORE will retail for US$1495, LightWave CORE upgrades will be US$695.

For more information or to purchase, please visit or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000 .

About NewTek Inc.
Benefiting producers and artists with its cost-effective and ground-breaking technologies, NewTek Inc. is a leader in 3D animation and special effects tools, portable live production and video editing, including LightWave 3D® and the TriCaster™ product line. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “300,” “Hancock,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and more. Clients include: Fox News, BBC, NHL, NBA Development League, MTV, VH1, the Steve Harvey Radio Show, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, please visit:


  • LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek Inc.
  • The TriCaster family of products include: TriCaster, TriCaster VM, TriCaster PRO, TriCaster STUDIO and TriCaster BROADCAST, which are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
  • LightWave CORE, LightWave Rendition, 3D Arsenal, TimeWarp, LiveControl, SpeedEDIT, VT[5], iVGA, LiveSet, LiveMatte and LiveText are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
  • All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Article Comments

lwanmtr ( posted at 3:20PM Wed, 11 February 2009

Core is going to be an excellent app...NewTek has completely rewritten Lightwave into a modern 3d system. It goes into beta soon, so now is a great time to buy LW9.6 and be eligible to test the next best thing since sliced butter :) I'm lookng forward to it, as if you havent guessed.

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