Simulations that Look More Lifelike


Industry Problem: When creating complex simulations, it can be difficult to achieve a realistic appearance.

CADLearning Expert Solution: Use the powerful nDynamics features in Maya to create water, cloth, hair, and more with lifelike movement.

Maya dynamics offers a wide range of very capable features, including the Maya particle system, Maya cloth and Maya hair, that can be used to create complex and realistic special effects.

There is, however, a more advanced form of these Maya staples: the nDynamics system. The nDynamics system is based on the Maya Nucleus simulation framework. The improvements brought by the Maya Nucleus Dynamics Solver create a more stable environment that is capable of handling large amounts of data. This system can also perform simulations using a variety of meshes, including objects with holes.

One Important component of the Maya nucleus is nParticles. These particles can collide and interact with other nParticles, as well as with nCloth objects, nHair and other passive collision objects. This allows you to create effects with nParticles that you would not be able to create using the standard Maya dynamics system. For example, nParticles allows you to perform a liquid simulation where multiple liquids are poured into a container that then interact with each other. The container can be used to hold the liquid, which can then be poured out into an nCloth object.

nCloth is a Maya nucleus cloth simulation system that is both stable and quick. Unlike Maya cloth, an nCloth surface can be created from standard polygon geometry. nCloth is more robust and allows you to create a wide variety of surface types, such as traditional fabrics and inflatable objects.

A third type of nDynamic now offered in Maya is nHair. nHair not only creates realistic hair, beards, and fur, it also interacts directly with nParticles and nCloth, providing animators with a great deal more flexibility.

- Steven Schain, Media and Entertainment Content Manager

CADLearning Playlist of the Week: Realistic simulations with nDynamics in Maya

  1. Introducing nParticles
  2. Configuring nParticles 
  3. Understanding nCloth
  4. Creating Hanging Curtains
  5. Simulating Hair with nHair 
  6. Using Bend Models with nHair
  7. Faster, More Accurate Product Design with 3D Printing
  8. Create Roundabouts in Moments

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