Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying damping, part of Maya Dynamics: Creating Simulations (2012).
One of the less obvious but still very useful attributes of the Rigid Body node is Damping.…Damping allows you to apply a chill out factor to the simulation,…essentially slowing it down and kind of mellowing it out.…And its purpose is usually to prevent jitter or to cause a moving object to…eventually slow down and stop, because otherwise it might just keep moving.…Let's take a look at how Damping works.…I'll select the ball and press Play with no Damping applied and you see what…happens is it kind of spins around back there and that looks kind of strange.…
I'll stop and rewind, with that ball selected I'm going to go to the Channel box…and in the Rigid Body Shape node, in that same area we saw a Friction and…Bounciness, here it is, Damping.…I'll increase the Damping to a value of 1, play that back.…You can see that that's a much better result;…the ball slid across the floor, knocked over some pins, and then slowed down and…stopped like it should.…What Damping does is with each successive frame of the simulation, it…
AuthorAaron F. Ross
- Choosing a scale convention
- Laying out the scene
- Modeling proxy objects
- Creating passive and active rigid bodies
- Imparting an initial velocity
- Improving performance
- Applying damping
- Adjusting mass
- Adding a Radial field
- Keying the Active attribute
- Baking the simulation to keyframes
- Creating Hinge and Spring constraints
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Building a Simulation
2. Directing a Simulation
3. Working with Keyframes
4. Applying Dynamic Constraints
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