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Commander_Chaos
08-13-2018, 09:13 AM
I need to render a spring in a few different positions and while I could create a new model for each pose I figure it would be easier to animate it and render off a few frames. I looked for an FX spring tutorial but didn't see much specific information.

Is this the right way to handle this and where would I find the info I need?

As you can see here the problem is that simple scaling flattens out the wire:
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raymondtrace
08-13-2018, 11:02 AM
Plugins to the rescue:

https://www.lightwave3d.com/assets/plugins/entry/weight-extend/
...and...
http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/spring.php

Commander_Chaos
08-13-2018, 11:53 AM
Beautiful. Thanks



Plugins to the rescue:

https://www.lightwave3d.com/assets/plugins/entry/weight-extend/
...and...
http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/spring.php

Commander_Chaos
08-13-2018, 12:09 PM
Plugins to the rescue:

https://www.lightwave3d.com/assets/plugins/entry/weight-extend/
...and...
http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/spring.php

Unfortunately I have very little experience with third-party software.I was expecting something I could drag to my plugins folder and see it in the menu. I have no idea what to do with this. Thanks for your response, though.

raymondtrace
08-13-2018, 02:05 PM
The third party idea was to make it easy, however I just noticed that awSpring is bombing for me in 2018.

You can still do this with native tools, for several LW versions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT9jC0L3bWU

Commander_Chaos
08-13-2018, 06:11 PM
The third party idea was to make it easy, however I just noticed that awSpring is bombing for me in 2018.

You can still do this with native tools, for several LW versions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT9jC0L3bWU

Thanks, I'll check it out.

Tim Parsons
08-15-2018, 07:42 PM
You don't need 3rd party tools to do this. It's pretty easy and everything is in native LW from ver9 thru 2018. I've created a quick and dirty video capture to explain it here:

https://youtu.be/5vgX8-PlFxc
Woops I didn't see the above post. :)

Commander_Chaos
08-17-2018, 11:30 AM
You don't need 3rd party tools to do this. It's pretty easy and everything is in native LW from ver9 thru 2018. I've created a quick and dirty video capture to explain it here:

https://youtu.be/5vgX8-PlFxc
Woops I didn't see the above post. :)

Thanks! I sure am glad I checked back here