Wall Worm

Wall Worm is a script and tool developer focused on 3ds Max and various Max-related pipelines. Historically, Wall Worm was devoted soley to optimizing the Source Engine asset pipeline. The Wall Worm toolset itself is a Source-only toolset. However, many new tools are generic in nature (for any game engine, VFX, VIZ, etc), such as the CorVex plugin and most other new tools.

Wall Worm tools allow you to create assets for Source in a way that was not possible before. You can build models, textures and levels inside one environment (3ds Max) and compile them straight into Source. Wall Worm tools have been used in the pipelines of many games include Dear Esther, Black Mesa and by designers of CS:GO Operation maps and many more.

CorVex level design plugin Carver Tools Normal Tools

Wall Worm works in collaboration with other 3ds Max/Source developers to help enhance all the tools available to designers and mod teams.

Featured Articles

On the Grid

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 | Last Updated Oct 5, 2017

Information and videos on using the grid in 3ds Max for Source Engine Level Design.

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grid, snaps, level design, snapping

Exporting Correct Smoothing on Models

Understanding Smoothing Groups and Explicit Normals
Posted on Dec 8, 2017 | Last Updated Dec 8, 2017

Discussion on smoothing groups and explicit normals and how they relate to Source.

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smoothing, normals, smoothing groups, smooth

Latest Articles

Transparency and Reflections

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | Last Updated Feb 6, 2014

Tutorial and example scene on making a material that has reflectivity that matches the transparency in 3ds Max.

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material, transparency, reflectivity

Blend Materials and WorldVertexTransition

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 | Last Updated Feb 22, 2015

Instructions on creating a WorldVertexTransition material inside 3ds Max using Blend Materials.

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blend, worldvertextransition, material, displacement

Example Files

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 | Last Updated Dec 20, 2013

3ds Max files showing how to do various tasks in Wall Worm.

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Wall Worm Year in Review: 2013

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 | Last Updated Dec 17, 2013

Review of Wall Worm development in 2013.

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blog, 2013, briscoe, dear esther, source

Phong Materials

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 | Last Updated Dec 1, 2013

Setting up a Phong material for Source using Wall Worm.

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phong, material, vmt, phongboost, reflections

VBSP Parser

Import Detail Sprites into 3ds Max
Posted on Nov 1, 2013 | Last Updated Feb 22, 2014
VBSP Importer

Import prop details from your VBSP files.

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vbsp, detail, sprites, importer, detailsprites

MAP Importer

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 | Last Updated Mar 23, 2016
cs 1.6 importstonerhenge, map, level, importCS 1.6 Map Imported into 3ds Max

3ds Max MAP file format importer.

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map, importer. HL1, goldsource level

Gmod and Wall Worm

Set Up Wall Worm for Garry's Mod after Steampipe
Posted on Aug 18, 2013 | Last Updated Aug 19, 2013

Instructions and video on setting up Wall Worm to export levels, models and materials after the Steampipe update.

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gmod, garry's mod, garrysmod, steampipe, setup

Wall Worm Gets Tanked

Well... I mean Wall Worm is used on a Tank.
Posted on Jul 30, 2013 | Last Updated Feb 16, 2014

Some news and spotlight about Wall Worm, tools, users and projects.

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blog

Exporting CAT and Biped Models

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 | Last Updated Dec 10, 2014

Export your CAT or Biped rig from 3ds Max into the Source Game Engine with Wall Worm.

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cat, biped, animation, character, bip, skin, animated model