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03 March 2002, 09:03 PM

I used 3D MAX so far and try to learn XSI now. I already worked through all tutorials that are in the book. But now I have 2 (silly) problems:

1.) How do I set smoothing groups ?

2.) How can I animate several parented objects like bones (chain with effector) ? For example if I want to animate a robot arm by moving the end.

Know it’s quite basic. PLEASE HELP !!!

Some pics for your motivation ;-) If you don't help you'll never see a proper shaded finished, animated version...

(actually for the vehicle contest, but as I am new to XSI and it is my first attempt in box modelling I ran out of time… will finish it anyway)

03 March 2002, 12:19 AM
about animating a robot's arm with bones but no deformation u can try 2 of the following methods(i guess u want to use bones)
1)parent each part of the arm to the bone that will animate it.
if u prefer to use envelopes do the following
2)envelope the arm to the bones but instead of selecting all the parts of the arms and then all the bones do it seperately for each part..this way the bones will influence only the part they r assigned to without deforming the rest..
Hopes this helps a bit

ps.maybe someone else can help u with the smoothing groups..

03 March 2002, 01:00 AM
I already did the same. Make each part child of a bone. But that wasn't necessary in 3D MAX. You can just parent objects and aktivate IK and the objects behave as bones in 3D MAX

Isn't that feature in XSI ???
Thanks anyway

Hope someone can help me with smoothing groups...

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