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cwise73
Creating Razor wire
on May 24, 2006 at 5:27:16 pm

I am working on a project that require me to animate razor wire. I have created the profile of the wire, then extruded it along a path. I then created the barbs, and was hoping to distribute them along the same path, but I am having problems finding how to do this. Any suggestions would greatly be appriciated. Thanks!


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Steve Sayer
Re: Creating Razor wire
on May 25, 2006 at 1:59:52 am

There are many possible solutions, depending on the requirements of the project.

First, might you be able to get away with using Paint Effects? It might be a solution for large amounts of wire that's not going to be seen up close.

Second, what about simply using a long, thin NURBS ribbon, and using a repeating transparency texture to trim it down into the barbed shape?

A more complicated (too complicated?) solution might involve turning the curve into a softbody (which creates a particle at each vertex) and then instancing a barb object to the particles. This will give you authentic geometric barbs without increasing the geometry load of your scene too much.

-Steve



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