View Full Version : Awesome Transformer Rig (Not mine)

02 February 2009, 09:14 PM
I just thought I'd share this little gem with you all in case you haven't seen it.

Sorry if this has been posted previously. It's not my rig at all, I just want to figure it out! (

It's a Transformer rig that goes from Ferrari > Transformer > Helicopter. It's one of the most complex rigs that I've seen, and I just thought that I'd share it.

Another thing that I am trying to do is dissect it. The best that I can tell, there seems to be 5 different rigs happening here:

1) A rig for the car.
2) A rig to control the morphing in-between the car and robot.
3) A rig for the robot.
4) A rig to control the morphing in-between the robot and the helicopter.
5) The Helicopter Rig.

All of these are probably present in the same file, but only certain rigs are present depending on what action you want to perform. I imagine that it works pretty similar to an IK/FK switch but just on a much grander scale. There's no doubt some scripting going on that he's not showing as well.

It also seems that many of the parts that aren't active are hidden (or maybe just scaled to 0) rather than always present. That's not too surprising, but good to know for some people who might be wondering.

02 February 2009, 09:54 PM
the guy posted this a while ago check this tread, might find some answers

02 February 2009, 10:29 PM
Ah, my bad. I didn't think to look over in the finished animation section for the vid.

So, it looks like he basically has 10 different switch systems to blend between. Pretty ingenious.

2 years... that's a long time to be working on a rig.

02 February 2009, 07:38 PM
i think the word you're looking for is 'orgami'. when i took organic chem in college, there's the field of protemics, protein folding, that comes up because is has everything to do with the existence of material life. if you need to see examples of the molecular kind, go to and then put that into paper.

a good orgami book i like is the orgami bible by nick robinson. after those basics, you can get others that have to do with texturing, because there's a whole other level of artwork involved with paper design, and the colors/patterns on one side and whatever on the other, and how all of that gets put together. here's an orgami site link

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