Fuse is a standalone 3D character creator that enables you to make unique characters to use in your game. Fuse comes with 60+ body parts, 100+ clothing meshes, 42 dynamic texturing substances, Unlimited free Auto-Rigs* for Fuse characters and a free locomotion pack of Mixamo animations (activated Mixamo account required).
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (28 reviews) - 60% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (970 reviews) - 70% of the 970 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Nov 6, 2013

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Reviews

“As more and more people want to create compelling 3D and game content, there is an increasing need for new tools that are easy to use and that enable users to share assets and collaborate on their projects. Fuse is a great example of how to offer all that while also delivering high-quality assets.”
Valve

“Seriously, $99 for the ability to make simple 3D characters that can be exported and used in a wide variety of compatible game engines is a miracle tool.”
Gaming Blend

“At the time of writing (May 30, 2014), more than two million members were online and playing [Steam games], with more than 240 million community content contributions have been logged to date. The Steam community is keen on modding games as well as creating and sharing content in the Steam Workshop. And this is where Fuse shows up.”
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Feature List

  • Packaged content includes 78 unique body parts, 152 pieces of clothing and accessories, and dozens of custom presets, ranging from Modern to Zombie and Fantasy styles. Fuse on Steam also includes 23 additional parts from The Scout, The Sniper, and The Spy from TF2
  • UNLIMITED free Auto-Rigs (activated Mixamo account required) for your characters created and uploaded from Fuse and 12 free pre-selected motions to try out on your character available with all Mixamo accounts.
  • New - Direct download types for Gmod and SFM (Now with Facial Flex support)! Export from Mixamo.com to get a ragdoll for Garry's Mod or a character for Source Filmmaker
  • Massive look improvements with 2K skin texture maps for higher resolution characters, ambient occlusion, and in-app Physically Based Rendering for realistic look and shadows
  • Facial Animation Blendshapes automatically generates 50 embedded facial blendshapes upon upload for rigging at Mixamo.com (FBX format only), or Facial Flexes for Source Filmmaker exports
  • Custom Presets allow you to create unlimited character and clothing presets to customize your library and accelerate your workflow
  • Advanced Skin Substance with 3x number of customization options
  • Advanced Character Customization - Over 280 customization shapes per character
  • Import Custom Content
  • Dynamic character texturing with 61 Smart Texture substances, powered by Allegorithmic’s Substance technology
  • Excellent topology for project-ready characters, previs, or to use as your base models
  • Export characters as OBJ files with diffuse, normal, specular, and gloss maps
  • Download autorigged characters from Mixamo as FBX, FBX for Unity, FBX for Unreal Engine 4, Collada or BVH
  • Animations are provided through paid Mixamo service, with a Basic Locomotion pack available for free for the users of Fuse

Active Development

Fuse is under active development, frequently receiving updates to content and functionality for free!

What is Fuse?

Fuse is a tool for anyone, from the casual hobbyist to the 3D professional, to create high-quality, royalty-free 3D characters in a matter of seconds. Fuse is packaged with over 60 body parts, 90 pieces of clothing, and 42 smart texture substances. New character and clothing meshes will be added for free to the full version of Fuse as they become available.

Fuse was developed in collaboration between Mixamo and Vladlen Koltun’s research group at Stanford University, with Siddhartha Chaudhuri as chief architect and programmer.

Fuse FAQ

Fuse Product Roadmap

New in v1.3!:

  • Reference Image Planes - Import an image to use a reference while you are creating your custom character
  • Asynchronous Substance Loading - Allows you to more quickly construct your character and add clothing while the substances are rendered in the background
  • New Toon, Aged, and Teen character content - No more generational gaps!
  • New Military and Occupational Content - Doctors, Police Officers, Firefighters... build your virtual city from the ground up!
  • Retopologized Characters with higher quality edge loops and face definition
  • Dynamic Cloth Wear - Updated substance parameters allow you to weather raised edges of your character's clothing
  • Better selection visibility - previous bounding boxes are now form-fitting highlights around a selected object
  • 10 New Substances!

Other features coming soon:
A space to share or sell your custom user-made models and clothing


New in v1.2!:
  • Custom Presets - Create character and clothing presets, customize your library! Make a character, hit the Star button at the top, and watch as that character is turned into a Fusible asset!
  • 2k Skin Textures - Hi-res for your pleasure! By default textures are set to 1k for speed, enable 2k in the substance menu
  • Advanced Skin Substance - Increased quality and 3x the number of customization options! Get crazy!
  • Realistic lighting and PBR shading - Just makes stuff look goooooood
  • Facial Animation Blendshapes - When you upload your character to Mixamo to be Autorigged, you can now have 50 facial animation blendshapes generated automatically!
  • 17 New Substances!

New in v1.1:
  • Face and Body customization! Customize your character with over 280 possible adjustment shapes. You can click and drag on UI controllers or use old-school sliders in a new workspace, "Customize"
  • Face and Body customization for imported characters! If you import a character that is based on the Fuse template or has matching UVs, those 280 customization shapes will be generated automatically
  • Now you can search your content library
  • Better scaling options
  • Texture packing options to reduce the total maps created on export and output a 2k or 4k map
  • Instant color picker - now selecting colors gives instant feedback on the character
  • Add a full set of matching body parts with a new right-click menu, or shift+click
  • 30 New pieces of content, including Fantasy items, alpha mustaches, and beards

New in v1.0:
  • Import custom content!
  • Higher quality characters, default 1k resolution, improved topology
  • Female models and textures now have nipples
  • New clothing
  • An additional free autorig per week
  • Memory optimizations
  • Save substance defaults for clothing
  • Dynamic textured thumbnails
  • Global preferences menu for exports

Updated in January:
  • New clothing!
  • Import external Allegorithmic’s Substance technology files (.sbsar)
  • Copy/Paste substances and parameter settings! Crazy fast!
  • Export option to include the occluded character body geometry
  • Substance Expansion pack permanently reduced to $19.99

Updated in December:
  • New heads, hats, glasses, and polygon strip hair
  • Save and Open your character to continue working
  • Export your character as quads or triangles
  • Optimized 1-click Texture workspace
  • Visible poly-count info in the workspace

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About This Software

Fuse is a standalone 3D character creator that enables you to make unique characters to use in your game. Fuse comes with 60+ body parts, 100+ clothing meshes, 42 dynamic texturing substances, Unlimited free Auto-Rigs* for Fuse characters and a free locomotion pack of Mixamo animations (activated Mixamo account required). Additional Mixamo services sold separately and exports for Source Filmmaker with Facial Flexes and Garry's Mod are available from http://mixamo.com after uploading your character!

*What is an Auto-Rig?
The Auto-Rigger is Mixamo's easy online way of getting your 3D character ready to animate. Normally, rigging a character takes a 3D professional days, but one Auto-Rig on Mixamo.com takes just minutes.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 64-bit
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 64-bit
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mixed (28 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (970 reviews)
Recently Posted
Red͢L͢ea̸de̴r☭#TeamPyro
( 38.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Im not Gonna lie when it comes to this its Good and easy It let me get the job done until the site would not Process the models i made.
Pros: Easy to learn
Easy set ups
Easy port overs

Cons:Stops working over time
Limited Supplies
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Firetail123
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Very Limited Dont waste your time with it
Helpful? Yes No Funny
✞JMullins- Beware the Zeitgeist
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Log's into program...
Great choices of accessories...
Realises you can make John Mullins...
Does so...
Clicks animate...
"Plz sign up to blah blah."
RQ -.-

That said seems like a decent program...
Helpful? Yes No Funny
JoeCR2105
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Awesome, lots of laughs. :P
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Kadisma
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
it helps me with my games im on gamejolt
Helpful? Yes No Funny
hackwrench
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
It feels like this software requires you to already know stuff you might consider downloading this program to learn.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Not Quite Dead
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Very good character creator app. A lot of functions , unique characters , easy to learn , easy to use!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
GORYGIRL1996
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I WISH I COULD USE THIS FOR MY SFM STUFF BUT EVERY TIME I TRY TO INSTALL IT I GO INTO FUSE AND IT STOPS RESPONDING AND CRASHES (IT'S THE SAME WITH IF I DOWNLOAD IT FROM ADOBE.) CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO FIX THIS ISSUE? I HATE TO GIVE IT A BAD RATING IT LOOKS SOOOO COOOL!!!!
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Lime Eater
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
better than GoAnimate
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Pasego
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
STOP BEEING SO LAZY AND DOWNLOAD BLENDER IS FREE AND YOU CAN COSTUMIZE EVERTHING!GO
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
better than GoAnimate
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
hehehehh boobies......
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Im not Gonna lie when it comes to this its Good and easy It let me get the job done until the site would not Process the models i made.
Pros: Easy to learn
Easy set ups
Easy port overs

Cons:Stops working over time
Limited Supplies
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Pros:
Very easy to use,even baby can use it.

Cons:
Purchases
Lack of assets
Impossible to find out some things
Now its outdated and if you want better version you must uninstall this one and get one from Adobe and THEN PAY FOR IT AFTER TRIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It feels like this software requires you to already know stuff you might consider downloading this program to learn.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Very Limited Dont waste your time with it
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I WISH I COULD USE THIS FOR MY SFM STUFF BUT EVERY TIME I TRY TO INSTALL IT I GO INTO FUSE AND IT STOPS RESPONDING AND CRASHES (IT'S THE SAME WITH IF I DOWNLOAD IT FROM ADOBE.) CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO FIX THIS ISSUE? I HATE TO GIVE IT A BAD RATING IT LOOKS SOOOO COOOL!!!!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
it's a dead softwear no updates and limtie amount of things u can actually do with it
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
1,326 of 1,386 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 1, 2014
I am very disappointed. The game* offers limited selections in models (or pieces of them), and the texture system is basic without buying an addon. Then, when you want to animate your character, you get ported to the Mixamo website. They provide a free (Provided you only ever use it twice) autorigger, which assembles a skeleton for your model. However, the animations are separate entirely. You can pay big sums to get the full scope of the software.

The software is not worth what you pay, and it's incredibly limited. Sure, you get easy character modelling, but don't be a sucker. The software is just an expensive (at least for recreational users) extension of Mixamo's actual animation and rigging website, where you can pay over a thousand dollars for full access.

EDIT: I think the primary purpose of a review is to give my opinion of the product I purchased. My expectations may or may not match someone else's, and it's ultimately their decision whether or not they should buy this application (Thanks for calling me a smartass and inquiring as to whether or not I was autistic. I appreciate your mature conduct). In order to inform someone best of what is being sold, I'll give you the numbers.

Body Parts Total: 66
Torso Pieces: 15
Arm Pieces: 15
Leg pieces: 15
Head Pieces: 21

Total Clothing Parts: 86
Bottoms/Pants: 19
Hair: 10
Hats: 6
Shoes: 17
Tops/Shirts: 27
Eyewear: 7

(Minor edit: My numbers may not be completely accurate by the time you read this, and I counted by thumb)

The clothing is fairly average; You get basic button up shirts, a few different jeans, but nothing too exciting. The distinct lack of hats is something I'd note; You don't get anything like motorcycle helmets, beanies, or other restrictive headgear that might clip with the head model.

Also, the facial customization is fairly limited, especially when you consider how in depth facial adjustments get in almost every videogame that allows it (APB: Reloaded, Skyrim, Saints Row, all of which have different developers). You can change a character's beard, eye color and diameter, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Fuse does not include advanced adjustment of the mouth, ears, nose, or head definition.

Also, I'd appreciate it if the developer would stop asking me to change my review. It's immature- The fact of the matter is that a review exists to provide insight to someone considering purchasing this product. If your software was geared to a more recreational and cheaper market, then you shouldn't have an "All Access" function on your website which costs $1,499 per year- Which gets you access to "Premium Mixamo content" for Fuse. While smaller microtransactions are available for purchasing animations, auto-rigging uses, and alternate 3D characters, the average customer is still not entitled to Mixamo's best customer support. Their "All Access" function boasts unlimited access to different things, but also "Premium Support". I understand you place your customers who pay more higher on your list of priorities, but should any paying customer really only be allowed to use the forum? It's alienating your more casual users who have also paid for your product.

The good news is that everything is royalty free, even for commercial use. Hopefully as the free content base expands, the overall quality and variance between the characters you can create will expand too.
(Minor edit here too: As I've been told, the Team Fortress 2 components are not covered under the royalty-free guarantee. This is understandable, though)

In the end, this review is not senseless hate. It is my opinion, and the very fact that I must defend my stance against two different developers and a rather feisty supporter is a serious issue that Mixamo's team should address. Don't use my review for "Does this guy like it? No? I won't buy it!" but instead see it as "This guy doesn't like it? Why?" I think the architecture is there, but the current content is far too plain and lackluster. I'll update my review as new packs come available - The free ones, that is.

EDIT: I've reviewed the Fuse product page and appreciate the changes made since previous edits. They are now up front about the amount of components available and the presence of a paid service. I have not used the software recently, but please note the developer is still adding content.

EDIT: I should have waited to update my review. I guess my review is "belying" according a clearly biased article by CinemaBlend. I'm sort of angry they made a backhanded comment about my review, but I'll let it by. The article also says my review was written back in January, which is only partially true. I left my original opinion untouched and updated my review in the form of edits, even over the last few months.

EDIT: This will probably be one of my last. I've not checked any updates in awhile, and because of this my review may have fallen out of date. Please do not bash the developers - they are doing all they can to make sure they succeed. I don't think they've explicitly attacked my review, and although this review may be a thorn in their side, I did not write it to ruin them. I have no intention of making this software fail - it has potential. But I cannot deny the shifty behavior with PR, and it is something MIxamo should address.
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917 of 951 people (96%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
So, I am a developer and I have no design skills. This tools might be what I am looking for.
And at first glance, it really is. It is really super easy to create a beautiful character, even I can do it!
But then you want to export your character with animations to an .fbx file and... you have to pay?????????

I just bought software, I paid for it, and it asks for 50$ for every animation I want to export on one character? Yes, there is a monthly subscription, but I am not at that stage of development yet where I can justify this expense. Yes, you get one export per week for free. I can't wait that long while developing!

This is a rip off.

I have used Poser in the past with my previous game, it was long ago. Poser didn't ask for more money.

I really hate this trend of asking people for money and then asking them for even much more than the original price to have them do what they paid for in the first place. It is a disgrace for everything software and games have ever standed for and it will destroy the market. You want to make games? Pay us! You want to make better games? Pay us more! You want to play a game? Buy it, and pay for in-game purchases or you won't be able to complete it. Wth...
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