View Full Version : Fan Belt

09-28-2008, 09:01 PM
I am trying to make a fan belt on a motor move. or at least the teeth move! I am using a texture map and a null for the exterior of the belt, but I can't figure how to make the teeth move on a continual path! I know it is probably an easy task but I have never done it before, any help would be highly appreciated

09-28-2008, 09:50 PM
What you're describing sounds like the much-discussed "tank tread" problem--if you Google "tank tread +Lightwave" you'll probably get a number of helpful links.

There may also be a plugin that handles it automatically, although I'm not really up on that sort of thing.

09-28-2008, 10:21 PM
Yes the tank tread method should work here. Check out William's tutorial


Look down page to vehicle animation. Also I think I read somewhere that Dan Ablan may be doing a free tutorial along these lines as well this week as it happens.

Look for it later this week at 3d Garage :)


09-29-2008, 02:47 AM
If it's just a simple fan belt with no notches, use UV cycler and just move the texture.

PS. Doh! You want notches... but they'd work as well just using a texture.