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Old 10 October 2013   #1
3D text simulation

Hey everyone! I have a question regarding a job I currently have.

My goal is to get 3D text which I have (Illustrator curves imported as a bevel extruded) to fall onto a ground plane and settle. My gut instinct was to use rigid bodies, but switched to ncloth due to the non-existent caching option. nCloth is taking way too long to simulate, and giving me bad results. I set my text up using the "concrete" preset within nCloth.

Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Old 10 October 2013   #2
Originally Posted by Cbickel: My gut instinct was to use rigid bodies, but switched to ncloth due to the non-existent caching option.


Rigid bodies don't have caching?
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Old 10 October 2013   #3
You can use bullet. Either Mayas integrated version or Dynamica.
 
Old 10 October 2013   #4
Where can I download Bullet or Dynamica?
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Old 10 October 2013   #5
Originally Posted by fleabay: Rigid bodies don't have caching?


Nope, there is a "Memory Caching" option, but it doesn't output caching data files.
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Old 10 October 2013   #6
With nCloth I think the suggested workflow would be that the letters are combined in a one polygon before nCloth simulation. The speed - issues you were having would most likely be solved.

For the Bullet, what version of Maya are you using ? Because bullet is coming as a standard Maya feature since version 2012, if my memory serves me right.

See this ( Maya 2013 docs ):

http://download.autodesk.com/global...mber=d30e535694

I Hope this helps.

/risto
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Old 10 October 2013   #7
Thanks for your replies everyone!

I actually solved the issue I was having. I originally created the text by using Create>Adobe Illustrator Curve tool. That automatically created my geometry, and it was ALL messed up. Like 6 verts on top of each other messed up. So I reimported the curves only and manually extruded the text, which solved the problem. I re-set up my nCloth with normal settings and it simulated correctly.
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