db&w GbR

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Get the db&w Tools for personal use.


  • Personalised Windows build of db&w Tools for personal use.
  • Access to the Patreon exclusive section on our Discord server.
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Use the db&w Tools commercially.


  • All perks of the previous tier
  • A vote on the next plugin to develop.
  • You may use db&w Tools for commercial purposes.
  • A 1% discount on regular db&w Plugins per month pledged, up to a maximum of 12%.
  • Join our monthly Q&A live stream.
  • Join our monthly live development stream.
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Unfortunately, developing for MacOS comes with a cost... receive all the previous perks as well as MacOS builds.


  • All perks of the previous tier.
  • Personalised MacOS build of db&w Tools.
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About db&w GbR

We would like to take db&w Tools to the next level.

db&w Tools are a collection of plugins for LightWave 3D.
Previously these were available as a free download.

What We Intend to Do

With your support we want to make db&w Tools even better:
  • Add a new plugin to the db&w Tools every month. We will allow you to choose between different ideas that we propose.
  • You will be a part of development - we'll keep you posted as we progress.
  • We will host a Q&A stream per month as well as one live development stream per month.
  • If we meet our stretch goal, we can up the ante and add two plugins per month - or work on a single, larger one.
  • The builds you get will be personalised (your name in the about section) but not dongle locked.
  • You will get a discount of 1% on our regular products per month that you're pledged - up to 12%.
  • Join us on our Discord server in a section exclusive to patrons.


What's the difference between personal, commercial and studio use?

As far as the provided plugins are concerned, there is no difference. If you work as a professional making a living creating CGI, we'd like you to at least pledge at the  That's Entertainment tier.
If you'd like to use the db&w Tools as a studio, a pledge of at least  Fight for the Right to Party! is appreciated.

The db&w Tools are not dongle locked, can I give them to somebody else?

We would of course prefer it if that person became a patron as well ;). Just ask us first.
The plugins will still be personalised to your name and that will be displayed in the about section. We would appreciate if they were not made available for download elsewhere.

In general: db&w Tools is db&w's proprietary software, modification, re-distribution or reverse engineering without db&w's permission is prohibited.

How will the plugins be delivered?

We will send out individualised builds via e-mail to the e-mail address of your Patreon account.
We will mail at least one update per month that includes the latest version, possibly more often if there are fixes to critical issues.

What kind of plugins can you expect?

Our main expertise is on the Layout side of things. However, this doesn't rule out Modeler plugins.
Take a look at the  documentation for the existing db&w Tools to get an idea.

I'd like to use the db&w Tools at my company, but we can't get accounting to support the Patreon project.

You can order company access to the current build and the next six months of development via  our online shop. It's similar to the Fight for the Right to Party! tier but doesn't include access to patron only posts here on Patreon.

About Us

db&w was founded by Dagmar Bornemann and Michael Wolf in April 2003 as db&w Bornemann und Wolf GbR in Stuttgart, Germany.

Our plug-ins infiniMap, nodeMeister, exrTrader, frameD and qckPck optimise the work flow of computer graphics artists all over the world.

We empower VFX productions to be faster, smarter and more productive. Our technology is based on more than two decades of production experience, i.e.: working with different 3D animation packages on real jobs.

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