Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) is a new way to create highly realistic simulations by utilizing the power of the finite element method. DMM was most recently used by LucasArts in "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" to provide the environmental realism of plants and metal doors that bend, metal doors and supports that deform, wooden bridges that can splinter and break and glass that can crack and shatter.
The DMM Plug-In for Maya allows DMM to be used within a CG setting to create high fidelity simulations where visual meshes can be turned into physically real objects that can bend, break or deform all through simulation. Users have the capability of adjusting material physics parameters to make objects out of anything from jelly to diamond. An advanced "splintering" system allows additional geometry to be added that improves the visual fidelity of the simulations. DMM also exposes its fracture system so animators can drive visual effects from physical ones. Complete integration with Maya's architecture allows animators to control every aspect of their simulations including caching them, applying fields, keying simulation frames, etc.
The DMM Plug-In also doubles as a tools pipeline for game developers wanting to create DMM objects for use within the real-time DMM middleware.
Examples of animations produced with the DMM Plug-In are available here:
The DMM Plug-In retails for $399 and is available as a download. Users can also download an evaluation version that will work for 30 days before requiring an activation code. The Plug-In can be obtained by going here:
Complete documentation is included and additional tutorials are available under the forums (http://www.pixeluxentertainment.com/forum.php) on the Pixelux website.
About Pixelux Entertainment
With engineers who have worked on everything from military missile tracking to the racecars of legendary NASCAR(r) drivers, Pixelux was founded in October 2003 with a mission of automating art asset production through physical simulation. Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) technology has been designed to take full advantage of next-generation
architectures, utilizing GPUs and multiprocessor cores to achieve an unprecedented degree of realism. Pixelux is a member of middleware programs for both the PlayStation(r)3 and Xbox 360(tm) with versions of DMM that take unique advantage of each of these platforms. DMM is also available for properly equipped PCs. DMM is currently being utilized by
LucasArts in the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of their hit videogame, "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed." For more information, please visit http://www.pixelux.com .