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I'm a bit of newbie with blender. I'm trying to create humans by using the Manuel-Bastioni add-on. I would like to export them as Collada-files and import them into OpenSim / Second Life. ManuelbastioniLAB is an advanced addon that turns Blender in a powerful laboratory for humanoid characters creation. 100% Open Source and Free The lab is based on the 18 years experience gained during the realization of various 3d graphics projects and collects algorithms, prototypes and python scripts developed by Manuel Bastioni and donated. Professional topology. Complete mesh with teeth, tongue, eyelashes, gum, and eyes as part of main mesh to morph them and easily export them to external software. MB-Lab is a Blender addon that creates humanoid characters 1.7.8 is released. Version 1.7.8 This version brings a ton of new features and updates! MB-Dev Framework New framework and tools to edit MB-Lab characters, as well as adopt new models into the MB-Lab library. GUI Update MB-Lab’s GUI was modified.

Developer Manuel Bastioni has discontinued development of Manuel Bastioni Lab, his free Blender add-on for creating customisable rigged human characters, citing a lack of community support.


The news has clearly come as a surprise to many users, with fans posting on social media and in CG forums to say that they were unaware that Bastioni was actively looking for funding.

Development stopped because of ‘neglibible’ community contributions
First launched in 2016, the Lab received steady updates for two years, adding new skin and hair tools and even a basic muscle system.

On 31 October 2018, Bastioni launched a scheme to support future development of the software by selling add-on assets, but withdrew it a week later, saying that contributions had been “negligible”.

“The roadmap for version 1.7 is gigantic and would require an incredible effort and motivation,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, it seems that nobody cares about supporting the lab.”

“A [tool like this] cannot survive without a community that supports it. The lab project stops today.”

More support available than the initial response suggested?
The news has clearly come as a shock to many users, several of whom have posted comments on Bastioni’s Facebook post to say that they were simply not aware of the funding program in the week it was online.

Others have posted to say that they would be willing to support a more conventional crowdfunding program, such as a Kickstarter or Patreon campaign.

If you fall in either of those camps, you may wish to add your own feedback, although we’d encourage you do to so sensitively.

In his announcement, Bastioni says that he is “not writing this message to ask more contributions” and that “short [term] help will not change things”, and clearly, the decision is solely his to make.

However, Manuel Bastioni Lab is an application that many people will be sorry to see go – and one, we imagine, that many people never knew was actually looking for community funding.

Updated 11 January 2018: The Manuel Bastioni Lab website and Facebook profile are now offline.

You can find a community fork of the source code on GitHub – it also includes a download of the final official build – and more discussion of the project in this thread on

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Graphical interface of ManuelbastioniLAB, integrated in Blender.
Developer(s)Manuel Bastioni
Initial releaseJanuary 28, 2016
Stable release
Written inPython
Operating systemWindows, Linux, Mac OS X
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3d character modelled in Blender with the plug-in ManuelbastioniLAB 1.5.0

MB-Lab (previously ManuelbastioniLAB) is a free and open-source plug-in for Blender for the parametric 3D modeling of photorealistic humanoid characters.[1]

It was developed by the artist and programmer Manuel Bastioni.[lower-alpha 1], and was based on his over 15 year experience of 3D graphic projects.[2]

Bastioni withdrew support for the project but it has continued as a community project under the MB-Lab name.[1][3][4]

Graphical interface and usability[edit]

The plugin is completely integrated in Blender. The GUI is designed to be self-explanatory and intuitive and when possible the features are designed to work with one click.

Over 90% of the character is defined with only three sliders that control age (from 18 to 80 y.o.), body mass and body tone. The character is finished with other lab tools for body and face details, poses, skin and eye shaders, animation, poses, proxy, etc.


The software is designed as a laboratory[5] in constant evolution and includes both consolidated algorithms as the 3D morphing and experimental technologies, as the fuzzy mathematics used to handle the relations between human parameters, the non-linear interpolation[6] used to define the age, mass and tone, the auto-modelling engine based on body proportions and the expert system used to recognize the bones in motion capture skeletons.[7]

The graph of non-linear functions used in the algo of age metaparameter. The vertical axis represents the delta value to add to the average character. The horizontal axis represents the age from 18 to 80 years old.

The software is written in Python and works on all the platforms supported by Blender: Windows, macOS and Linux.

All the characters use the same standard skeleton, so the poses and animation can be easily moved from a character to another.

Most of the data distributed in the package is stored using the standard json syntax.



ManuelbastioniLAB is completely open source, released under standard licenses [8] of the Free Software Foundation.

  • Code: All files written in Python are released under GNU General Public License 3.
  • Data: All data files released in the ManuelbastioniLAB package are released under GNU Affero General Public License 3.

The characters generated with ManuelbastioniLAB are released under double license:

  • GNU Affero General Public License 3 (as derivative of AGPL'd data, meshes, textures etc.)
  • Commons Creative Attribution 4.0 International, in order to be used in closed and/or commercial projects.

Manuelbastionilab Blender

Anatomy and mesh topology of 3D human models[edit]

Manuelbastionilab 1.6.0 download
A comparison between the results of the age algorithm. The image also shows the skin shader and the wrinkle map that is automatically created by the ManuelbastioniLAB.

ManuelbastionLAB provides two different base meshes for male and female models. Each model respects the fundamental requisites of a professional mesh, as defined by the author:[9]

  • Optimization for subdivision surfaces.
  • No triangles.
  • Edge loops designed for deformation during poses and animation.
  • The topology permits to model the main features of bodies and faces.
  • Minimal use of poles.
  • Human readable topology.
  • Sculpting-friendly topology.[lower-alpha 2]

The base humans are modelled after accurate studies of anatomy and anthropology. The lab 1.5.0 provides about 470 morphs for each human character, designed to parametrically describe most of the anatomical range in human bodies, faces and expressions. Genitalia are not present.

Anthropology and phenotypes[edit]

Concerning ManuelbastionLAB, the word phenotype is intended with the following meaning:

Manuelbastionilab blender 2.8
A 'phenotype' defines merely the physical appearance of a class of characters, it is not related to politics, culture, language and history. It's used to describe the variations of human traits in relation to the evolution in a specific geographical area. ManuelbastioniLAB supports most of the common human phenotypes to the extent of volumetric modelling features.[10]

The lab provides three main classes of humans: Caucasian, Asian and Afro. For each class there is a specific set of phenotypes. Each phenotype can be loaded from the library and used as base for a custom character, or mixed with another phenotype. The available phenotypes are:

  • Afro phenotypes: Afromediterranean, Afroasian, Aboriginal, African.
  • Asian phenotypes: Central Asian, North Asian, East Asian, South Asian, Central American, North American.
  • Caucasian phenotypes: Central European, Afrocaucasian, East European, North European, Euromediterranean, Euroartic, North West European, West Asian.

Manuelbastionilab 1.6.0

Non-human models: Anime, Elves, etc[edit]

While the lab is aimed to create realistic 3d human beings based on a scientific description of their parameters, the same technology can be successfully applied to non-human characters, like fantasy creatures.

The version 1.5.0 of the lab supports three variety of anime characters: classic shojo, modern shojo and 'realistic style' anime. There are also male and female elves and male dwarf. Each model has a separate set of morphs to create millions of variations.

Concerning the creation of fantasy characters, the lab supports some extra parameters for humans too, like pointed ears, special teeth, etc..


While Makehuman has similar characteristics to MB-Lab the former is a stand-alone application and requires export and import and import to Blender (software) which is not necessary with MB-Lab.[11][12]

Current stage of development[edit]

The project has been discontinued abruptly by Bastioni,[13] after the release 1.6.1a, which was not compatible with Blender 2.80.[citation needed] Bart Veldhhuzien indicates Bastoni attempted unsuccessfully to raise funds and then chose move quoting Bastoni as saying: 'I’m sorry, I did my best, but I cannot continue the development of the lab. I will use Blender as artist, since Blender and its community are part of my life.'; and 'I realized that the lab community size is not enough to support a so expensive project'.[13]

In December 2018, a new repository, based on last Bastioni's version (1.6.1a), aiming at Blender 2.80 compatibility, has been opened on GitHub with project name MB-Lab.[3]


New community based versions are available on github supporting Blender 2.79 and 2.80.[14][15]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Free and open-source software : Mp3splt, SoX, Hypnos Music Player, Bimil, 1964 (emulator), SurveyJS, Daylight Linux
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  • Blender (software), the underlying base 3D software
  • Makehuman, a related software for creation of 3D characters


  1. Active in Open Source since 1999. Coauthor of 'The Official Blender 2.3 guide, the open 3D creation suite' with chapter 'From Blender to YafRay Using YableX'. Founder of MakeHuman project, that received in 2004 the Suzanne Award for the best Python script for Blender. He left the MakeHuman project in 2016
  2. Designed to be optimally sculpted with Blender, Mudbox, Zbrush, etc.


  1. 1.01.1'Open Source Character Creation mit MB-LAB'. DigitalProduction. July 24, 2019. Archived from the original on July 29, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Staff (February 2, 2016). 'Manuel Bastioni Lab free human models creation tool'. CGPress. Archived from the original on November 13, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2019.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.03.1'MB-Lab GitHub clone'. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  4. Bart (December 15, 2018). 'ManuelBastioniLAB fork 'MB-Lab' is looking for contributors'. BlenderNation. Archived from the original on June 7, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Thacker, Jim (January 28, 2018). 'Create free CG characters with Manuel Bastioni Lab 1.6.1'. CG Channel. Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 'Meta parameters'. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  7. 'Posing the character'. Archived from the original on 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-10-31.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  8. 'License'. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  9. 'Base characters in Manuel Bastioni Lab'. Archived from the original on 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-10-31.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  10. 'Phenotypes'. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  11. Andersson, Pontus; Wessman, David (2018-08-10). Generation of Artificial Training Data for Deep Learning (Master). Lund university. ISSN1650-2884. LU-CS-EX 2018-39. Archived from the original on 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-10-31.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Guevara, Bermeo; Bryan, Stefano; Martínez, Navarrete; Azucena, Wilma (2018-07-13). Diseño y desarrollo de un sistema inmersivo de reconocimiento y control de gestos, ostensible por medio de realidad virtual como método de ayuda en la rehabilitación de la capacidad motriz de las extremidades superiores en pacientes con accidente cerebrovascular [Design and development of an immersive gesture recognition and control system, ostensible through virtual reality as an aid method in the rehabilitation of the motor capacity of the upper extremities in patients with stroke] (PDF) (Thesis) (in español). Universidad de Las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE. pp. 106–110. Archived from the original on 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-10-31.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  13. 13.013.1'ManuelBastioniLAB Character Editor Shuts Down'. BlenderNation. November 26, 2018. Archived from the original on June 7, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  14. 'MB-Lab GitHub clone'. Archived from the original on 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2019-10-31.Unknown parameter url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Thacker, Jim (July 22, 2019). 'Create free, facially rigged CG characters with MB-Lab 1.7.5'. CG Channel. Retrieved October 31, 2019.

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