Development news

Roadmap for 1.6.2 updated

04 February 2018

Just completed the roadmap for version 1.6.2 [See the roadmap]

Version 1.6.1!

20 January 2018

The new version 1.6.1 is available! [See the release notes]

Anatomy improvements in female models

30 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details for all human base female models. [See the image...]

Improvements in asian female base model

26 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of asian female base model F-AS01. [See the image...]

Improvements in afro female base model

23 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of afro female base model F-AF01. [See the image...]

Improvements in caucasian male base model

21 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of male base model M-CA01. [See the image...]

Improvements in cel shader

14 December 2017

Video preview of new hair models and shaders for Blender Cycles. [See the video]

Improvements in cel shader

10 December 2017

More improvements in anime skin and hair cel shader for Blender Cycles. [See the image...]

Preview of anime hair

02 December 2017

Preview of the high quality hair model for anime girl. Improvements in anime skin shader. [See the image...]

Proxy tutorial

16 November 2017

As requested by many users, here is the updated tutorial about how to create and use proxies in lab 1.6.0. [Read more..]

Shapekeys mapping 1.5 -> 1.6

08 November 2017

Since there are various animation systems based on the lab 1.5 that need to migrate to lab 1.6, here is the conversion table that maps the shapekeys 1.5 to 1.6. [Read more..]

Roadmap update for 1.7.0!

05 November 2017

Roadmap update with detailed tasks for lab 1.6.1 and 1.7.0 [Read more..]

Version 1.6.0!

26 October 2017

The new version 1.6.0 is available! [See the release notes]

Improvements of teeth and eyes

10 October 2017

Better teeth shader and shape, improved eye shader [See the image...]

High quality expression system 1.6: animation

05 October 2017

1.6 WIP: See the high quality results of the new expression system! [See the video]

Preview-tutorial proxy system 1.6

23 September 2017

Tutorial-preview about the new proxy system that will be included in ManuelbastioniLAB 1.6.0 with two long waited new features to handle skin intersections: offset and auto-mask. [See the video]

New preview of IK and muscles

09 September 2017

Development and integration of IK and basic muscle system completed: see how they work in the new preview. [See the video]

Improvements of anatomy

02 September 2017

Better 3D feet, toes, nails. Also improvements of 3d tongue for professional phonemes animation. [See the image...]

Hair shader and physics

24 August 2017

Testing the hair shader and the best way to use physics with polygonal hair [Read more...]


Since Jan 2016

See the full development history. [Visit the archive]

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"ManuelbastioniLAB" is an addon for Blender, written in Python. It only requires Blender 2.78 or 2.79. It runs on any operating system supported by Blender: Windows, OSX, Linux, etc.

Blender is a powerful, free and open source software for 3d modelling. Please download latest version from


In case you are going to upgrade ManuelbastioniLAB, is highly recommended to remove the previous version, as explained in the paragraph Unistall ManuelbastioniLAB.

Also, you can upgrade the characters created with old versions of the lab using the import feature, as described here.

Install ManuelbastioniLAB

Step 1

In Blender, open the user preferences window, choosing File → User Preferences

User preferences in Blender

Step 2

Press the "Install from File" button in the left bottom side of the window

Install from file

Step 3

Use the file selector window in order to find the zip file downloaded from the official site, select it and click the button "Install from File".

File selector

Step 4

When the installation will be completed, a new category named "Characters" will appear in the Categories list. Select it and enable the lab using the check button.

User preferences

When the plugin is enabled, remember to press the button "Save User Settings", in order to load the lab automatically each time you start Blender.

Save User preferences

IMPORTANT: It's needed to restart Blender after the installation!

Unistall ManuelbastioniLAB

In Blender, open the user preferences window, choosing File → User Preferences

In the addons tab, look for Characters → ManuelbastioniLAB

Click on "Remove" button, as illustrated below.

Unistall ManuelbastioniLAB

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