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Understanding Particles and Dynamics in Maya—Part 11

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1. Creating Chain Base with Plane

Step 1

Open Maya.

Open Maya
Open Maya

Step 2

Go to Create > Polygon Primitives > Plane and draw a plane on the perspective view port. 

Create  Polygon Primitives  Plane
Create > Polygon Primitives > Plane

Step 3

Initially, the plane should not have any segments. So, set the values of Subdivisions Width and Subdivisions Height to 1

Subdivisions
Subdivisions

2. Creating Chain

Step 1

To create the chain, go to Create > Polygon Primitives > Torus.

Create  Polygon Primitives  Torus
Create > Polygon Primitives > Torus

Step 2

Draw a torus primitive on the plane as shown in the following image.

Draw a torus primitive
Draw a torus primitive

Step 3

With the torus selected, go to Attribute Editor > polyTorus1 and set the values of Radius and Section Radius to 1 and 200 respectively. Set the value of Subdivisions Axis and Subdivisions Height to 6 and 5 respectively.

Attribute Editor  polyTorus1
Attribute Editor > polyTorus1

Step 4

With the torus selected, go to pTorus1 tab and set the Scale X value to 1.500. This makes the torus a bit scaled in X-axis.

Scale X value
Scale X value

Step 5

With the torus selected, press Ctrl-D key to make a duplicate copy of it.

Make a duplicate copy
Make a duplicate copy

Step 6

Arrange the duplicate torus as shown in the following image. Set the Rotate X value to 90.

Rotate X value
Rotate X value

Step 7

Now, make the duplicate copy of the first torus and put it as shown in the following image.

Make the duplicate copy
Make the duplicate copy

Step 8

Following the same way, make the duplicate copy of the second torus and put it as shown in the following image.

Make the duplicate copy
Make the duplicate copy

Step 9

In this way, keep creating the copies of the torus and put them in the form of chain as shown in the following image.

Keep creating the copies
Keep creating the copies

Step 10

With all chain elements selected, go to Mesh > Combine.

Mesh  Combine
Mesh > Combine

3. Creating Rope Simulation

Step 1

Jump in the top view and turn off the Grid view as shown in the following image.

Turn off the Grid view
Turn off the Grid view

Step 2

With the plane selected, go to Edit Mesh > Insert Edge Loop Tool.

Edit Mesh  Insert Edge Loop Tool
Edit Mesh Insert Edge Loop Tool

Step 3

Create two edge loops at the inner ends of the chain as shown in the following image.

Create two edge loops
Create two edge loops

Step 4

Following the same way, keep creating edge loops as shown in the following image.

Keep creating edge loops
Keep creating edge loops

Step 5

Jump in the nDynamics mode. With the plane selected, go to nMesh > Create nCloth.

nMesh  Create nCloth
nMesh > Create nCloth

Step 6

With two vertices of the plane selected, go to nConstraint > Transform.

nConstraint  Transform
nConstraint > Transform

Step 7

Go to Attribute Editor > nucleus1 > Solver Attributes tab and set the values of Substeps to 10 and Max Collision Iterations to 20

Attribute Editor  nucleus1  Solver Attributes
Attribute Editor > nucleus1 > Solver Attributes

Step 8

Go to Scale Attribute tab and set the values of Space Scale to 0.005.

Scale Attribute
Scale Attribute

Step 9

Go to nClothShape1 > Dynamic Properties and increase the Stretch Resistance value to 100.

nClothShape1  Dynamic Properties
nClothShape1 > Dynamic Properties

4. Attaching Chain to Rope

Step 1

Jump in Animation mode. Select the chain followed by the plane and then go to Create Deformers > Wrap.

Create Deformers  Wrap
Create Deformers > Wrap

Step 2

Hit the play button and you will see the chain mesh is simulating according to the simulation of the plane.

Hit the play button
Hit the play button

Step 3

You can hide the plane during the simulation.

Simulation
Simulation

Conclusion

In the next tutorial, I'll demonstrate some more exciting tips and tricks of Dynamics in Maya.

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