The leading GPU-manufacturer in the market, Nvidia, has decided to help with the development of Blender massively as the company is now part of the Blender Foundation Development Fund.
The official Twitter account of Blender recently made a tweet where they announced that Nvidia has started funding for the company. This was big, and the tweet immediately caught a lot of attention since people weren’t expecting this move.
NVIDIA joined the Blender Foundation Development Fund at Patron level. This will enable two more developers to work on core Blender development and to keep NVIDIA's GPU technology well supported for our users. Thanks NVIDIA for the trust in our work! https://t.co/qxl0yLN76g #b3d
— Blender (@blender_org) October 7, 2019
However, because several other big names such as Epic Games, Ubisoft, Google, Ubuntu, and Intel (to name a few) are part of the funding program for Blender, this move by Nvidia shouldn’t be surprising for anyone.
Blender is an open-source, 3-D creation suite that specializes in modeling, simulation, animation, rendering, and video tracking. With a tag line of ‘Blender, made by you,’ the makers acknowledge the fact that developers belonging to different fields have taken part in the development of this software. You can get to know more about the latest version of Blender by clicking here.
It is also worth mentioning that Nvidia now resides at the Patron level of the Blender Foundation Development Fund, which means that it has to give at least $120k of fundings per year. Accordingly, Blender announced that they would be hiring two developers from the finances they will get from Nvidia. Also, these developers will be working on Blender itself and improving support for GPUs made by Nvidia.
Lastly, Blender wraps it up by thanking Nvidia for their support and trust.
Blender is a software that people from different walks of life use because of its functionality and the fact that it is free. However, since the product relies on fundings, Nvidia’s decision to donate to the company can assist with maintaining the software and taking it to the next level. If you also want to be a part of the Blender Foundation Development Fund, you can get to know more about it from this webpage.