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Next meeting 13.4 10.00 - :

We will take a look at maya dynamics, a plugin for maya which provides agent/swarm behaviour and some basic scripting techniques.

000 learning resources:

official "getting started with maya" pdf´s with training files:


maya video tutorials:

http://www.creativeapplications.net/linux/maya-interface-overview-tutorial/ introduction - importante

http://www.creativeapplications.net/linux/maya-modeling-tutorial/ modelling - importante

http://www.creativeapplications.net/linux/maya-rendering-tutorial/ rendering

http://www.creativeapplications.net/tutorials/maya-animation-tutorial/ animation

http://www.creativeapplications.net/linux/maya-dynamics-tutorial/ dynamics

not enough yet? - take a look at this page (http://www.swinburne.edu.au/design/tutorials/maya-video-tutorials.php) or simply find some tutorials in the internet.

010 modelling:

To get some experience with maya and to improve your modelling skills, just start working.

Use different geometry-types, convert them into other, apply various tools and commands to acquire some basic knowledge.

Begin with a simple polygon and work on it. Sudivide, split, extrude, bevel, combine, merge, extract, ... until you are happy with your model.

Some architectural prototypes may emerge ...

The following projects can be seen as an example of such prototypes:

_"Prototypes I-III" and "Batwing" by emergent architecture

_exhibition "Zaha Hadid at the Sonnabend & Rove Galleries" by zaha hadid.

Save/Collect your models, so we can discuss them together. In case of any questions or difficulties, or just to share your thoughts on something, feel free to use the forum at www.exparch.at.

Furthermore, take a look at the following polygon-tools (00 – 07):

010 tool settings:

_select tool - set soft selection on and manipulate components

_move tool - set move axis to world, object, normal

011 modify menu:

_convert nurbs to polygons – standard fit (try this with a deformed nurbsSurface)

012 create menu:

_various primitives

_curve types

013 display menu:

_polygon faceNormals

014 general "select" menu:

_play with select conversions

_select using constraints

015 "mesh" menu:






_average vertices


_fill hole

_create polygon tool

016 "edit mesh" menu:

_play with different commands

017 "normals" menu:



020 maya dynamics – particles, springs

setting up simple systems; alternative soft body´s


not architecture, but ….

- http://youtu.be/2oOpkFWUmIk

- http://youtu.be/h182A34lMxE

ali rahim´s lecture in innsbruck - „we use dynamic systems ...“

- http://www.exparch.at/index.php?option=com_mambowiki&Itemid=177

project developed with particles

- http://www.exparch.at/index.php?option=com_mambowiki&page_heading=Wiki&show_pageheading=1&allowanonymoususers=0&Itemid=49&page=THX_1138

030 maya animation – lattice, clusters, constrains

using tools with dynamics and constrains, manually and by script

031 maya dynamics – fluids

example with a lattice, deformation driven by fluid-system


project based on fluid dynamics

- http://www.exparch.at/index.php?option=com_mambowiki&page_heading=Wiki&show_pageheading=1&allowanonymoususers=0&Itemid=49&page=A_WoodenFluidity

- http://www.exparch.at/index.php?option=com_mambowiki&page_heading=Wiki&show_pageheading=1&allowanonymoususers=0&Itemid=49&page=Flux

040 maya dynamics – hairs

basic introduction, important inputs

important hairsystem attributes:






_evt. hairWidth

follice attributes:




studio mrgd – lbby project was propably one of the first architectural project based on hairDynamics

- http://studio.mrgd.co.uk/

050 maya nDynamics – nCloth, nParticles

some examples for nCloth usage eg. formfinding, dense packages

to manipulate basic physic attributes like gravity, wind, etc. select the cloth an choose the nucleus tab in the attribute editor


vid explaining some possibilities of nDynamics – cloth and particles

- http://youtu.be/3IKVnfdgxwA

project based on nCloth

- http://www.exparch.at/index.php?option=com_mambowiki&page_heading=Wiki&show_pageheading=1&allowanonymoususers=0&Itemid=49&page=E7_Projekt_Edlinger_Schurda

060 brainbugz plugin – introduction, sample files

installing plugin, setting up a scene, basic development ideas

brainbugz 1.4 - maya - 2010

brainbugz 2011 - maya 2011

both files available at creativecrash


blog from the author of brainbugz

- http://kolve.blogspot.com/search/label/Maya%20Plugins

update: brainbugz for nParticles; code changed by helmut duregger

now it´s possible to enable selfcollide, particle colliding with particle, and some other intresting stuff

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install it like we allready did it, or simply follow instructions on the documentation

070 scripting – basics

script editor – mel feedback in scripting editor, python introduction, evt. setting up enviroment, basic scripts, definitions, polygonPopulation

071 scripting – tools, some examples

basic scripts dealing with maya commands, definitions, polygonPopulation

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