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Destructing Elements in Maya With PullDownIt: Part 10

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1. Creating Wall

Step 1

Open Maya.

Open Maya
Open Maya

Step 2

Go to Create > Polygon Primitives > Cube and create a wall like structure in the perspective view port.

Create  Polygon Primitives  Cube
Create > Polygon Primitives > Cube

2. Creating the Cloth

Step 1

Create a plane in the perspective view port and put it over the wall as shown in the following image.

Create a plane
Create a plane

Step 2

With the plane selected, go to Attribute Editor and increase the values of Subdivisions Width and Subdivisions Height to 80.  

Attribute Editor
Attribute Editor

Step 3

Jump in the nDynamics mode.

nDynamics mode
nDynamics mode

Step 4

With the plane selected, go to nMesh > Create nCloth.

nMesh  Create nCloth
nMesh > Create nCloth

Step 5

With the wall selected, go to nMesh > Create Passive Collider.

nMesh  Create Passive Collider
nMesh > Create Passive Collider

Step 6

Hit the Play button for simulation and you can see that the cloth has landed perfectly on the wall.

Play button
Play button

3. Creating the Shatter

Step 1

With the wall selected, click on the ShatterIt feature icon.

ShatterIt feature
ShatterIt feature

Step 2

In the ShatterIt feature window, set the values of Num Shards to 64 and Shatter Style to Uniform and click on Shatter It! Button.

ShatterIt feature window
ShatterIt feature window

4. Applying the Fracture

Step 1

Click on the PDI Basic Fractures icon as shown in the following image.

PDI Basic Fractures icon
PDI Basic Fractures icon

Step 2

It opens the PDI Basic Fractures window. With the wall chunks selected, click on Create.

PDI Basic Fractures window
PDI Basic Fractures window

Step 3

It opens the Set up Fracture Body window. Change the Name as Fbody0 and click on Accept button.

Set up Fracture Body window
Set up Fracture Body window

Step 4

Click on the PDI Basic Fractures icon once again. Now, you will see the Fbody0 fracture body in the list. Change the values of Mass to 100, Hardness to 20% and Clusterize% to 80. Close the window.

PDI Basic Fractures icon
PDI Basic Fractures icon

5. Creating the Colliding Object

Step 1

Create a sphere in the view port as shown in the following image.

Create a sphere
Create a sphere

Step 2

With the ball selected, click on Create Pdi Body icon.

Create Pdi Body icon
Create Pdi Body icon

Step 3

It opens the Create Rigid Body window. Set the value of Type to Dynamic and turn on Mesh radio button.

Create Rigid Body window
Create Rigid Body window

Step 4

With the ball selected, click on Set Pdi Dynamics Properties icon.

Set Pdi Dynamics Properties
Set Pdi Dynamics Properties

Step 5

It opens the Pdi Dynamics Properties window. Set the value of Initial Velocity in X axis to 30.

Pdi Dynamics Properties
Pdi Dynamics Properties

Step 6

Hit the Play button to see the simulation. You can see the cloth is not reacting with the chunks.

Hit the Play button

Step 7

With the wall chunks selected, go to nMesh > Create Passive Collider.

nMesh  Create Passive Collider
nMesh > Create Passive Collider

Step 8

In the Outliner window, delete nRigid1.

Outliner window
Outliner window

Step 9

With the sphere selected, go to nMesh > Create Passive Collider.

nMesh  Create Passive Collider
nMesh > Create Passive Collider

Step 10

Create a cube and make it as the ground as shown in the following image.

Create a cube
Create a cube

Step 11

With the ground selected, go to nMesh > Create Passive Collider.

nMesh  Create Passive Collider
nMesh > Create Passive Collider

Step 12

Hit the Play button to see the simulation.

Hit the Play button
Hit the Play button

Conclusion

In the next part of the tutorial, I'll show you some more dimensions of destruction in Maya using PDI.

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