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3D Renders and Particle Simulations: A Winning Combination for CPG Brands

In the crowded landscape of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) marketing, differentiation is critical. 3D renders have already revolutionized how brands present their products, but today we'll explore a next-level tool that can make your product animations truly stand out: particle simulations.

Animation of a seltzer can being hit with water
Particle simulations can be used to create realistic liquid animations.

What are Particle Simulations?

Particle simulations are computer graphics employed to generate intricate and realistic animations. They use mathematical algorithms to simulate the behavior of large groups of tiny particles, allowing the creation of natural and complex phenomena such as smoke, fire, water, and even fabric simulations.

One notable example of a particle simulation tool is MantaFlow, an open-source framework integrated into Blender, one of the most popular 3D rendering and animation software. MantaFlow enables artists to simulate fluid dynamics (like liquids and gases), smoke, fire, and granular materials, producing compelling visual effects that can heighten the visual impact of your product renders.

Twister of different fruit from the Formula 787 animated explainer video
We used a particle simulation to create an ingredient twister for Formula 787.

How Particle Simulations Compare to Other Animation Techniques

With their ability to create highly realistic and dynamic animations, particle simulations offer a distinct edge over other animation techniques. These simulations utilize mathematical algorithms to mimic the behavior of numerous tiny particles, resulting in complex and lifelike effects. This level of detail exceeds the capabilities of traditional animation methods. Furthermore, particle simulations are grounded in real-world physics, considering factors like gravity, velocity, and the size and weight of objects to generate animations that mirror our real-world expectations.

We used a particle simulation to animate a twister of ingredient options for Formula 787's explainer video. Read about it here.

Why CPG Brands Should Use Particle Simulations

Now that we understand particle simulations let's delve into why CPG brands should incorporate them into their 3D renders.

  1. Enhanced Realism: Particle simulations can add a level of realism to your 3D product renders that static images simply can't achieve.

  2. Improved Engagement: The human eye is naturally drawn to movement. Incorporating animation into your product renders can increase engagement, capture viewers' attention, and keep them on your page or ad longer.

  3. Storytelling Potential: Particle simulations can help tell a story about your product. For example, a coffee brand might use steam particles to convey warmth and freshness, while a sports drink might use water splashes to suggest hydration and refreshment.

  4. Brand Differentiation: Incorporating particle simulations can help differentiate your brand from competitors. Unique and eye-catching animations can make your products stand out in a saturated market.

  5. Innovation and Modernity: Using cutting-edge technologies like particle simulations demonstrates that your brand is innovative and forward-thinking. This can enhance your brand's image and appeal, particularly to younger, tech-savvy consumers.

Incorporating particle simulations into your 3D renders isn't about creating an animation for the sake of animation. It's about leveraging technology to enhance the representation of your product, evoke emotions in your potential customers, and, ultimately, drive sales.

Implementing Particle Simulations

Bringing particle simulations into your 3D renders may seem daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with the technology. But fear not – plenty of resources and professionals are available to help.

You don't need to be an expert in particle simulations to benefit from them. If your brand doesn't have the in-house capabilities to handle 3D renders and particle simulations, you can always outsource. There are many digital agencies and freelance professionals with the necessary expertise.


In the fast-paced world of CPG marketing, brands are constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to capture consumers' attention. Particle simulations offer a unique opportunity to create engaging, realistic, and differentiated content that can help your brand stand out.

Whether a small startup or a multinational corporation, embracing particle simulations in your 3D renders can elevate your product presentations, providing a competitive edge in a saturated market. So why not step into the future of product marketing and explore the possibilities that particle simulations can offer? The investment could result in mind-blowing animated content that captivates your audience, enhances your brand image, and drives your sales to new heights.

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