Lightwave3D® is designed for creative visionaries to bring their imaginations to life, offering a perfect combination of power, speed and value.


LightWave 3D has an unrivalled history of producing the finest, most realistic art and animation the world has ever seen.

We are investing in LightWave, to create the most comprehensive 3D graphics software on the market. Focussed on delivering Triple A standard for our users, to ensure our software is:



Buy your LightWave 2020 now or Pre-Order your 2023 Upgrade  – Due for release in Q4

Pre-order Savings Now Available!

LightWave 3D® Products

Choose your product now for pre-order discounts on the next evolution of LightWave 3D

Existing Users
Pre-order 2023

  • Pre-Order 2023 Upgrade
  • Includes £100 voucher for future upgrades valid for 18 months
  • Pre-Order of 2023 price includes early bird discount
£395 - Buy Now

Pre-2020 Users
Upgrade to 2020 and pre-order 2023

  • Upgrade to LightWave 3D® 2020
  • Pre-Order LightWave 2023 Download
  • Includes £100 voucher for future upgrades valid for 18 months
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New Users 2020 licence
and Pre-Order 2023

  • New Licence of LightWave 3D 2020
  • Pre-Order of LightWave 2023 download
  • Includes £100 voucher for future upgrades valid for 18 months
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Our dedicated team

LightWave 3D® has been acquired by a world-class team incorporating outstanding creative and commercial talent, to bring you a refreshed and reinvigorated 3D graphics package positioned for the future.

Our shared vision and values will enable us to return LightWave 3D® to its market-leading position and deliver to our loyal users the best-in-class features and functionality, you are waiting for.

Meet the team

Begun this journey has

To celebrate the beginning of this new chapter for LightWave 3D® we have released a range of commemorative gear, so you can join us on this journey.

LightWave 3D® 2020 Requirements

Recommended system specifications for our software to perform at its best.

System Requirements : Windows
  • Intel® Core™ 2 or AMD64 with SSE4 instruction set (Bulldozer onwards)
  • System RAM: 4 GB minimum
Operating System
  • Windows 7 64-bit or better
System Requirements : macOS
  • Intel® Processor
  • 64-bit System RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Available USB Port (for users with existing hardware dongles)
Operating System
  • Sierra 10.12 or better
Display Requirements
Minimum Graphics Card
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9 series or ATI Radeon HD 4000 series (minimum)
Minimum Screen Resolution
  • 1280 x 1024 pixels
Recommended Graphics card
  • GeForce 10 series or newer at 1920 x 1080 or better
Installation Requirements

All systems require 750MB available hard drive space (excluding content); complete Content library is approximately 3GB.

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