Custom nParticles collision mesh?

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Old 02 February 2013   #1
Custom nParticles collision mesh?

Hello!

Is it possible to attach a custom collision mesh to an nParticle system? I'm currently trying to simulate shell casings getting ejected from a turret, and it looks very weird when the collisions don't cause the casings to rotate, but just to bounce and slide off of each other. Also, it looks quite odd if I just make them randomly rotate, since the rotation won't stop and they'll just continue spinning through the floor once they've hit it. Or perhaps its enough to set up a collision event which gives collided particles a random rotation?

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Old 02 February 2013   #2
not sure if I understood your request but with nParticles you can only use the spherical in-built collisions. if you need geometry to collide you need to go the rigid body way with either bullet physics or maya native rigid bodys (which I would avoid because they are incredibly slow).

hope this helps.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #3
Well, it helps to clear out that issue, and help me move on to more functional pastures

So, the question then becomes: How do I make a repeating rigid body spawner? Basically a particle emitter which emits rigid bodies.

Or is there a way to do this with particles? Some smart cheat that I haven't thought of, that creates a good enough result without having to use rigid bodies?
 
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