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Liza Kurenkov
adding brakes on to wheels in Maya 2014
on Nov 2, 2013 at 2:37:03 am

Hey all,

I have a character in maya that has four legs with wheels on them. The wheels have brakes too. I need to be able to control the rotation of the wheels through the position of the brakes. So for example the brake is in neutral pose and the wheels are rotating, but when the brake is moved a little the wheels stop rotating until the brake returns into its original position. Please let me know your thoughts on the matter.


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Otto Lindqvist
Re: adding brakes on to wheels in Maya 2014
on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:03:45 am

I'm not the master of rigging, but you could use condition node and tell that if the brake position is something else than 0, the wheel shouldnt rotate. I cant check that out currently, I havent got Maya around me now. But something like that should work.

So maybe if you have the wheel rotation controller by time for example, then you have rotation speed by time and if your brake position is other than 0, then speed is 0.

Let me know if I'm on the right track with you.

If it's not moving, animate it


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Liza Kurenkov
Re: adding brakes on to wheels in Maya 2014
on Dec 3, 2013 at 3:07:41 am

Hi Otto,

I think I see what you are saying, I will try some stuff out. Thanks so much for responding, I will keep you posted.


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