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Modeling and Rigging a Hydraulic Crane in 3ds Max
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Released Nov 11, 2013
Giuseppe Candido

Guest Tutor

Giuseppe Candido
In this series of tutorials we will learn how to create a mechanical rig for 3D visualizations in 3ds Max.

We will begin from the concept of the crane, explaining the different parts and how a crane works. Next, we will introduce the rigging tools used, and the limitations of the setup that a real crane has, all in 3ds Max. We will then model and texture every main part of the crane separately and assemble it all into a new scene ready to be rigged and refined.

Finally, we will test out our rig with an animation and render it as a preview.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:11
Presentation of the crane
2

Presentation of the crane

 
03:27
Creating a concept rig for the hydraulic cylinder
3

Creating a concept rig for the hydraulic cylinder

 
06:28
Continuing to create our concept
4

Continuing to create our concept

 
05:06
Setting up the reference file
5

Setting up the reference file

 
03:52
Starting to create the tower crane
6

Starting to create the tower crane

 
04:47
Creating the small prop for the tower crane
7

Creating the small prop for the tower crane

 
06:50
Finishing the small prop for the tower crane
8

Finishing the small prop for the tower crane

 
04:08
Starting to create the boom crane
9

Starting to create the boom crane

 
12:37
Modeling the boom crane
10

Modeling the boom crane

 
11:07
Bridging faces in the boom crane
11

Bridging faces in the boom crane

 
10:57
Adding details to the boom crane
12

Adding details to the boom crane

 
13:19
Adding extra pieces to the boom crane
13

Adding extra pieces to the boom crane

 
10:36
Finishing the boom crane
14

Finishing the boom crane

 
09:31
Starting modeling the jib crane
15

Starting modeling the jib crane

 
10:35
Continuing to modeling the jib crane
16

Continuing to modeling the jib crane

 
11:04
Finishing the jib crane
17

Finishing the jib crane

 
10:46
Modeling the jib crane extension
18

Modeling the jib crane extension

 
10:35
Finishing the jib crane extension
19

Finishing the jib crane extension

 
12:49
Modeling the main hook
20

Modeling the main hook

 
11:00
Modeling the hook part of the main hook
21

Modeling the hook part of the main hook

 
11:01
Finishing and detail the main hook
22

Finishing and detail the main hook

 
10:06
Rigging of the hydraulic cylinder
23

Rigging of the hydraulic cylinder

 
13:30
Importing the crane parts and assembling the crane
24

Importing the crane parts and assembling the crane

 
10:49
Starting adding details onto the assembly
25

Starting adding details onto the assembly

 
10:54
Adding more details to our assembly
26

Adding more details to our assembly

 
12:03
Adding sheaves for the crane
27

Adding sheaves for the crane

 
10:42
Starting to create the hand rails of the boom crane
28

Starting to create the hand rails of the boom crane

 
12:04
Finishing the hand rails on the boom crane
29

Finishing the hand rails on the boom crane

 
11:56
Using the shape of the object to create hand rails
30

Using the shape of the object to create hand rails

 
11:00
Importing the hydraulic cylinder
31

Importing the hydraulic cylinder

 
12:47
Texturing the knuckle boom crane
32

Texturing the knuckle boom crane

 
13:01
Creating the crane wires for the crane
33

Creating the crane wires for the crane

 
11:49
Creating the wires for the knuckle boom crane
34

Creating the wires for the knuckle boom crane

 
11:25
Creating extension wires
35

Creating extension wires

 
10:36
Bounding the controller for the wires
36

Bounding the controller for the wires

 
11:16
Finishing creating the controllers and constraints
37

Finishing creating the controllers and constraints

 
10:51
Adding limitations to the knuckle boom crane
38

Adding limitations to the knuckle boom crane

 
13:20
Adding extra features to the knuckle boom crane
39

Adding extra features to the knuckle boom crane

 
11:36
Finalizing and compositing our project
40

Finalizing and compositing our project

 
09:17