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Dynamic Connector Icon CV-Dynamic Connector Object v1.0

Easily setup Dynamics Connector objects between two or two-thousand objects.

CV-Dynamic Connector Object is a Cinema 4D plugin that greatly simplifies the workflow for creating dynamic connector objects. It uses a novel method for determining attachment points, and easily connects cloned objects. It can take a dynamics rigging process that would take hours, and turn it into a couple of button clicks.

CV-Dynamic Connector Hanging Bridge

Parameters

Object Tab

Object Tab

  • Create Connector: Adds a hinge connector object to your scene as a child of the CV-Dynamic Connector object. You can then modify the linked connector to control all auto-generated connectors.
    Hinge Connector Object
  • Create Spring: Adds a Linear Spring object to your scene as a child of the CV-Dynamic Connector object. The Rest Length of the spring is auto-set to the distance between the auto-connected objects.
    Spring Connector
  • 💡 If you want springs to Contract or Expand - adjust the "Rest Length" option to be some value other than 100 m this will be treated like a length percentage value.
  • Create Motor: Adds and links a Motor object.
    Motors
  • Place Between: Controls where new connector objects will be placed.
  • Box Sides: Tries to connect the closest face of each object's bounding box.
    • 💡 Perfect for linking beads together.
      Box Sides Noodles
  • Box Edges: Connects the closest edge of each object's bounding box.
    • 💡 If you slightly angle objects in the way you want them to open/close you'll likely get a hinge exactly where you need it!
      Boxes Angled Towards
  • Axes: Use the object's axes to determine the mid-point.
  • Box Centers: Uses the center of each object's bounding box (often the center-of-gravity) to determine the mid-point.
  • Loop: Connects the last object to the first object.
    • On:
      Loop On
    • Off:
      LoopOff

Display Tab

Display Tab

  • Always Visible: The connection dots will always be drawn in the editor.
  • Colorize Segments: This will recolor all child objects so they are easier to distinguish.

Examples

  • Project.c4d

Uses

  • Beaded necklaces.
  • Jackob's Ladders
  • Tank Treads
  • Chains

  • Previous Workflow

    • For Two Objects
      • Add Cube, rename it "Cube A"
      • Add a second Cube, rename it "Cube B"
      • Add Connector
      • Drag "Cube A" into the "Object A" slot.
      • Drag "Cube B" into the "Object B" slot.
      • Reposition the connector between "Cube A" and "Cube B"
      • Rename the connector "Cube A <-> Cube B"
      • Add a Dynamics Tag to Cube A and Cube B
    • For Twenty Objects
      • Repeat the above 20 times.
  • Workflow with CV-Dynamic Connector
    • For Two Objects
      • Add a Cube
      • Add another Cube
      • Add a CV-Dynamic Connector Object
      • Drag the Cubes inside
    • For Twenty Objects
      • Drop a single cube in a cloner, clone it 20 times.
      • Drop the cloner in CV-Dynamic Connector

If you've used CV-Dynamic Connector in a project, we'd love to hear from you and to feature your work here!

GoldChainTeddyGage.jpg "Gold Chain Redshift and Fusion Compositing" by Teddy Gage

CV_DYCON_BB_Side.jpg CV_DYCON_DifferentObjectSizes.jpg CV_DYCON_FixedStartAndEnd.jpg CV_DYCON_HingeAxisMode.jpg CV_DYCON_NearestEdge.jpg CV_DYCON_AutomaticConnectorPlacement.jpg CV_DYCON_DynamicForces.jpg

About

Created by Donovan Keith for Cineversity.com.

Version History

  • v1.0 - Initial Release

License / User Agreement

Copyright (c) 2018 Maxon Computer Inc.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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