Mandelbulb 3D fractal rendering software

Mandelbulb 3D (MB3D) Fractal Rendering Software

Mandelbulb 3D is a free software application created for 3D fractal imaging. Developed by Jesse and a group of Fractal Forums contributors, based on Daniel White and Paul Nylander’s Mandelbulb work, MB3D formulates dozens of nonlinear equations into an amazing range of fractal objects. The 3D rendering environment includes lighting, color, specularity, depth-of-field, shadow- and glow- effects; allowing the user fine control over the imaging effects.

After several years of dormancy, Andreas Maschke has begun updating Mandelbulb3D and releasing new versions. Andreas is the software developer behind the popular flame fractal program JWildfire.

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'Base Response #4' Matthew Haggett 2014

Matthew Haggett

Matthew Haggett, avatar photoMatthew Haggett

Focus: 3D fractal art, Raw fractals, Digital art
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D, Mandelbulber, Adobe CS
Also: Professional graphic designer
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA.

About: Matthew, a longtime artist and designer, has been exploring 3D fractal art since March of 2012. He was a competitive mathematician in high school, and has been a fractal geometry enthusiast since the late 1980s. With BA and MFA degrees in art and regular solo shows, Matthew has been a staple of the Portland, Oregon art scene since the 1990s. Matthew works in Mandelbulber and MB3D, with image mastering in Adobe Photoshop. In his 3D fractal art, he uses the same compositional techniques from his paintings to create dynamic, visually engaging images. A synthesis of math and art principles, his explorations of 3D fractals take some very interesting turns.

“I try to make work that reveals the forms of these mathematical objects and, at the same time, explores principles of formal composition—color, shape, patterning, and so forth.”Read More

Knotted Up, 3D fractal art by Ricky Jarnagin/DsyneGrafix (c)

Ricky Jarnagin

Ricky Jarnagin, Fractal ArtistRicky Jarnagin (DsyneGrafix)

Focus: 3D fractal art, raw fractals, digital art, Mandelmorphic art
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA.

About: Ricky Jarnagin is a long-time digital artist. He discovered 3D fractal art in 2010 and has been working in the medium since January 2011. He creates art exclusively with Mandelbulb 3D. Of his MB3D images, Ricky says: “I fell deeply in love with creating fractals with this program.”Read More

Mandelbulber Fractal Rendering Software

Mandelbulber is a software program created to capture images of the Mandelbulb and other 3D fractals.

The community members who discovered the Mandelbulb also developed two pieces of software for rendering images of it, and its family of complex, chaotic objects: Mandelbulber (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Mandelbulb 3D (Windows, Linux).

Krzysztof Marczak created Mandelbulber. Most of the images on this site, at time of launch, were created using the Mac version of this application.

For those wishing to explore 3D Fractal forms in greater depth, these programs are invaluable.

What is Mandelbulber?


Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible. A few of the supported 3D fractals: Mandelbulb, Mandelbox, BulbBox, JuliaBulb, Menger Sponge, Quaternion, Trigonometric, Hypercomplex, and Iterated Function Systems (IFS). All of these can be combined into infinite variations with the ability to hybridize different formulas together.

Visit to find out about the application, download it, and see some of the amazing images that fractal artists have created using the software.

Mandelbulber: 3D Fractal Explorer

The Mandelbulber interface. Among the first applications developed to view the Mandelbulb and other complex 3D fractals.


The Mandelbrot set, named for Benoit Mandelbrot. Image from Wikimedia.

Benoit Mandelbrot, Father of Fractal Geometry

In November 2002, I saw Benoît Mandelbrot’s presentation, “The Fractal Revolution”, in Portland Oregon. It was a short overview and introductory presentation about fractals. I’m an enthusiast, so the content was familiar.

Benoît Mandelbrot speaking in 2007, image from Wikimedia

Benoît Mandelbrot speaking in 2007, image from Wikimedia

The great pleasure was seeing the man himself – Benoît Mandelbrot, the Father of Fractal Geometry – talk about how he revolutionized science, math, and our entire view of the world.

Fractal dimensionality explains something truly fundamental about the forms and patterns we see daily. However, fractal dimensionality was unknown before Benoît Mandelbrot’s work, which from the late 60s on illuminated this deep truth about the geometry of the world.

During Mandelbrot’s 2002 talk, it struck me how much intuition informed his discovery of fractal geometry. Mandelbrot described looking at the ‘drunkard’s walk’— a kind of ‘random walk’ equation—and “seeing” what its fractal dimension was, intuitively.

Such amazing intuitive leaps are familiar in science. The formal steps of providing solid proof soon follow this “eureka” moment, during which the answer is revealed. Mandelbrot’s sudden deciphering of the ‘drunken walk’ is no different from, nor any less significant than, Einstein’s discovery of relativity, Isaac Newton’s apple-inspired understanding of gravity, and the original “eureka” moment, when Archimedes’ bodily volume displaced the water in his tub.

Like those intellectual explorers before him, Mandelbrot looked at the world and saw a previously unseen truth. He built on what came before, and in so doing, revolutionized it.

The Mandelbrot set, named for Benoit Mandelbrot. Image from Wikimedia.

The Mandelbrot set, named for Benoit Mandelbrot. Image from Wikimedia.

Mandelbrot intuited the world’s fractal nature. He saw the laws that apply to stock markets and clouds, population trends and eddies in a stream; the basic organizational principles of all systems. Fractals and deterministic chaos have always surrounded us, but had never before been identified. Mandelbrot’s insights revolutionized thousands of years of scientific thought.

As you look at the Mandelbulb’s strange organic forms, you are looking at the legacy of Benoît Mandelbrot, one of the most influential scientific thinkers of the last hundred years.

Reference: Benoît Mandelbrot “The Fractal Revolution” Nov, 2002, Portland OR.

From Wikipedia’s entry on Benoît Mandelbrot:


Benoît B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a French American mathematician. Born in Poland, he moved to France with his family when he was a child. Mandelbrot spent much of his life living and working in the United States, and he acquired dual French and American citizenship.

Mandelbrot worked on a wide range of mathematical problems, including mathematical physics and quantitative finance, but is best known as the popularizer of fractal geometry. He coined the term fractal and described the Mandelbrot set. Mandelbrot also wrote books and gave lectures aimed at the general public.

Mandelbrot spent most of his career at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and was appointed as an IBM Fellow. He later became a Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University, where he was the oldest professor in Yale’s history to receive tenure.[6] Mandelbrot also held positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Université Lille Nord de France, Institute for Advanced Study and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Continue reading (Wiki) is a project by SphereLab LLC, dedicated to the Mandelbulb and its family of hypercomplex 3D fractal objects.

Welcome to is about raising awareness of 3D fractal forms—the Mandelbulb and its relatives—with striking images and thought-provoking information. We hope to add to the larger conversation about 3D fractals, bring it to new audiences, and to engender a greater appreciation of math, art, science, and their interrelationships.

About the Mandelbulb

In 2009 members set out to find a three dimensional analogue of the Mandelbrot set. They discovered instead a three dimensional manifestation of the set—a way to project the set into three-space using a spherical coordinate system. It was a team effort. Daniel White and Paul Nylander spearheaded the discovery of the Mandelbulb, with Rudy Rucker, Krzysztof Marczak and many others working to develop the maths and create applications to view these newly-discovered fractal objects.

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