Cinema 4D 12.0 Dynamics – Rigid Bodies, Creating A Ball and Hammer

The first step to using the new dynamics in Cinema 4D 12.0 is the use of the rigid bodies tag. Previous releases of Cinema did offer a rigid tag but even the simplest application with the new version highlights some of the differences.

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For starters if you simply add a rigid tag to an object it will display dynamic properties. It will drop to the floor! If you created the same object without adding this tag, it would simply hang in midair. Just this single addition begins to breathe real life physics into your object’s appearance and behavior. You will probably define a floor object. As your objects fall, bounce, and roll, you need a true plane of common resistance to create accuracy ไฮไลท์บอล.

Why don’t we create a hammer and ball? Visualize a swinging hammer which strikes a ball. It’s easy to construct your hammer using a cylinder and cube. Model a hammer shape with your cylinder and a square handle to attach to it. Let your handle be the child of the hammer. This will let you use the handle end as the pivot point for it’s swing.

With your handle attached to your hammer you now have a single object. If you highlight either and say, move up or down on the Y (green) axis, they move together as one. Now its time to apply a rigid body tag to your hammer. Under ‘Simulation->Dynamics->Create Rigid Body’ click on rigid body and this tag will be added to your new hammer. Play what you have created so far and you will see your new hammer simply fall to the ground.

We need to give our hammer the ability to swing and strike and using a ‘Null’ object will let us create this union. Null objects are not visible but they do let us ‘connect’ other objects and group other objects so we can treat them as one. There is some subtlety here. We haven’t moved anything in our construction so when you create a ‘Null’ all these objects should be in line in all directions. When you create your ‘Null’ object, pull its pivot point to the top so when we attach our hammer, this will be its focal point.

Set the pivot point, drag your cylinder construct into the ‘Null’ making it a child and try rotating the ‘Null’. At this point you might want to rename your ‘Null’ object ‘hammer’, something meaningful for your stage. Choose rotation and drag a bit in each direction to see how your new creation not only swings but pivots on the end of the handle as if you were holding it. Your hammer swings properly now if you push play, it will still drop to the floor. We need a ‘Connector’.

A ‘Connector’ is a rigid body’s companion so to speak. Rigid body tags open an object to dynamics. It will fall if not supported, it will bounce if it hits a surface with a collision tag. To prevent it from falling it needs to be ‘connected’. Here we want to ‘connect’ our hammer and it is a bit curious to me because it will work even though the connector itself, isn’t connected to anything. It is a concept that takes getting used to.


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