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Rigging Tank Treads in Maya
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Released Aug 26, 2013
Delano Athias

Pluralsight

Delano Athias
In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to rig tank treads. We'll get started by setting up our initial tread, learning how to prevent flipping issues, how to have the tread move properly as we move our vehicle, making sure it flows in the right direction and cycles along its path.

We'll then learn how a script can be built to evenly position treads along our path to save you a lot of time. Along the way, we'll cover topics like how to set up wheel rotations to move with the treads, how to conform the treads to follow an uneven terrain, and how to make the rig scalable.

By the end of this training, you will be equipped with the skill set needed to rig your own robust tread systems.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:00
Setting up our scene and adding controls for the treads
2

Setting up our scene and adding controls for the treads

 
12:12
Driving the initial tread
3

Driving the initial tread

 
13:01
Correcting the tread as it moves along its path
4

Correcting the tread as it moves along its path

 
08:09
Finalizing the tread control and scaling the rig
5

Finalizing the tread control and scaling the rig

 
06:50
Cloning the treads
6

Cloning the treads

 
14:50
Scaling our treads
7

Scaling our treads

 
05:30
Setting up treads on the other half of the vehicle
8

Setting up treads on the other half of the vehicle

 
13:56
Controlling the rotation of the wheels
9

Controlling the rotation of the wheels

 
11:31
Constraining the treads to uneven terrain
10

Constraining the treads to uneven terrain

 
16:00
Finishing our surface constraint system
11

Finishing our surface constraint system

 
06:36
Finalizing the rig
12

Finalizing the rig

 
03:08