UB plugins

iaian7 » tutorials » lightwave   John Einselen, 26.01.09 (updated 4.10.10)    

A list of plugins for the universal binary version of Lightwave 9.3 and 9.6.

Lightwave 9.3 and up

SketchMesh is a free plugin that, with some limitations, allows you to sketch a retopology mesh on a background layer. Makes quick retopology work pretty easy!

T4D Rigging Tools are now available for free!

Lightwave 9.6

Lightpack by Dpont. Cool collection of lights using the new 9.5 SDK. Probably the one I’m most excited about is the infinite (soft distant) light. It’s finally easy to get diffused sunlight shadows!

Filters is another collection of tools by Dpont, allowing for advanced post processing and effects.

DP Instance is a free instancing plugin for Lightwave, released in 32 and 64 bit versions for both Windows and Macintosh. A little buggy in some cases, but well worth the download.

Pom’s Exit Portal is a new light type, used for simulating natural diffused light from a window. His light pack includes a nodal area light and info node as well.

DB&W Tools is a free pack of plugins (also listed in the UB Nodes article) with several master plugins (including Growl notifications for Lightwave renders).


After a year or two since the first post in the Newtek Forums, Eblu has posted the render management app, Easy, for Lightwave and Maya. While development has been abandoned, it can still be useful in some situations.


You can search for more plugins starting with these links:
LW Plugin DB
Mike Green