NVIDIA opened the source code of the Material Definition Language SDK. This tool kit is designed for transferring material parameters to any application for drawing 3D graphics. The tools will allow developers to use more applications for rendering and transfer projects to the Android and iOS platforms.
As an example, the company introduced fabric materials created in Allegorithmic Substance Designer. They can be saved in the library and quickly transferred to the Adobe Dimension CC application. The tools were also introduced into Unreal Studio 4.20 from Epic Games, designed to import 3D models into the Unreal Engine.
Being able to use a single material definition, like NVIDIA’s MDL, across multiple applications and render engines is a huge benefit to the end-user. Now that we’ve added MDL support to Unreal Studio, our enterprise customers can see their material representations converted to real time in Unreal Engine without baking every parameter. This means their creative intent can be carried to new forms of expression.
Senior product manager of the Enterprise team, Epic Games
The tool kit also contains components for loading, checking and editing material parameters and converting them into PTX and LLVM-IR formats. Get more info at GitHub.