Thinking Particles


Hi all,

Just did some destruction test, but i found there is a rotation problem when you’re using PAttach on deforming geo. Any idea?


If you look at the roof, you will see the chunks on roof are actually rotating… i couldnt get this solved…



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Hi guys, i kept facing a problem recently with TP.

Sometimes when i pick a scene object, using the ObjtoParticle node, it resulted in multiple names of that same object appearing in the pick window. Sometimes other objects which i didn’t pick, wil appear together as well.

I could manual remove them but usually whenever this happens, TP will crash most likely after a short while.

Does anyone experience this? I am using 3ds max design 2015. Thanks.


Well, don’t know about crashing, but I noticed weird behavior of that window too.
I noticed that it selects everything that’s under your cursor, not just the front object. If like it was shooting a ray through the whole scene where you clicked and selecting everything intersecting with it. So if there is a sphere behind a box and you click a box, it will also add sphere.

But name copies and crashes, did not encounter that, in 2014 and 2015 with tp5.


Hi Nixellion, thanks for replying.

For my case, its almost certain that when the multiple names appear in the ObjtoParticles node and i continue to work without removing that node, it will crash 3ds max in a while.

I wonder if the problem comes from the mesh that i am picking, but i have tried resetting Xform, snapshot a new mesh, attaching it to a box…etc… Nothing works.


Just in case, did you try it with other meshes? Does it happen only with this particular mesh or all others as well?

The most efficient way to clean the mesh is to export it into obj and import back.

Sorry, I can’t think of any other solution, I hope someone else will be able to help you more.


Hi everybody,

Has anyone had any luck using the alembic exporter in Max 2016 in conjunction with Thinking Particles?

I’ve made a very simple particle/spline setup that I would like to export to alembic for further processing, however using the build in exporter in Max only gives me empty files. I’ve had success in the past using Xmesh, however my new job don’t use it.

I would to know if I’m doing something wrong.


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does anyone knows howto bake this?

Max 2016 + TP 6.2


I am trying to create life cells dividing animation using Particle Flow in 3ds max 2016. I have mature cells particles which interact to each other using physics simulation (mParticles). At some point these particles have to spawn new small particles from the surface of the mature particles which start grow around parent particles and still use physics simulation with other particles. The problem is that I cannot change the collision shape size for the growing particles because of NVIDIA Physics limitations used for that purpose. Is there a way to make such animation using TP? Thank you!


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Hi, after years of using pflow, i’m learning TP and struggling to do some things that seam straight forward to me.

Text object that i have VolumeBreak into chunks. Then i have a deflector passing through the text that sends the chunks to a wind force and blows out of frame. Now i want the whole thing to be made of particles (using frost later) not mesh, so i figured i would just birth particles on the mesh volume with a motion inherit and they would stick to the chunks blowing away until i tell them not to. How do i inherit motion from the chunks?

any help muchly appreciated.


Hi guys, i need help. i want to achieve the disintegration effect, like now i have only a model with texture materials when its fragmented into smaller pieces, like slowly destroyed from color material to ash material, its changing instantly, i want a transition like from color material to slowly changing to grey and then dark ash material… i think its the simple one…

here is what i have done in tp.


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the motion inheritance node does not allow you to track transformations from particles, only form scene objects.
If you want to inherit particles motion, have a look at pAttach.
If you want a soft falloff for inheritance depending on distance, use a pSearch, and blend between your particles and the pSearch average velocity based on distance to closest or average position.



I am tring to do something that, I thought would be simple but I am having an issue understanding how this works in TP I have this setup below* which colors the particles based on* texmap then what i wanted to do is based on the map I want to send them to a different group where the forces are. I cant figure out how to setup the color threshold as the group node is not exposing this parameter. ultimately the texture will be animated and be on a animated object. Thanks




I can´t find a ressource site where i can read about what all the operators, nodes and helpers do or even exsamples on what these can be used for in a situation…

My issue now, is that i have setup a training for my self to be able to learn the system better. The setup is pretty straight forward. I have 2 floors. One cube falls by gravity down on the first floor, then slids down to next floor. When hitting these floor, i want to change the cube from solid form to a fluids. First i just t want a setup where the particle change color when hitting next floor so i can at least see that i am in right direction… Please help me…
Br Hamid


So guys there is problem i have with thinking particle plugin and it’s been two months i can’t solve it

i have 3 pc … i7 / i9 / xeon

when i run tp volume breaker on my i9 and xeon system everything goes crazy my ram get fill and it takes like 20 minute to calculate the simple break…

when i open same file on my i7 system everything works perfect and even i send same file to people who have a i9 and xeon it works perfect for them does any one have this problem?

this is video i record from my issue


For them who want to debug TP in realtime, there is new commercial operator called TP Debugger: