Researchers of USC Viterbi's Computer Science Department released the world’s most comprehensive library of 3D deformable modeling software for free open source download. The package, called Vega, allows users to simulate and move complex objects, bending, stretching and twisting them in real time. A potentially powerful tool for animation and game artists, as well as engineers designing complete structures, Vega is optimized for speed and can animate the motion of any 3D solid object, under any user-specified forces.
No other free library offers such a comprehensive range of materials and deformable simulation methods. The culmination of eight years of development, Vega’s license allows anyone in the world to freely use and modify its over 50,000 lines of software code, whether for academic research or commercial applications. Unique in its implementation of popular deformable object methods, the package works out of a standard computer system for representing 3D objects, dividing their interiors into pyramids. In a matter of seconds, Vega can simulate both geometrically simple objects as well as complex objects made up of hundreds of thousands of tetrahedra.