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    How would you animate something like this...?

    Hello, here is a replica of the famous lamp arm...

    Now I want to animate this... that is flex it, rotate it... etc...

    How would you do it... any tutorials.?.. I think the hardest to animate is going to be the springs no? I am suspecting that needs a handfull of scripts... well if that is the case I am cooked... he he

    Any POV appreciated...

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    Animate This

    There are several ways to do it.

    1. IK set up with goals etc.

    2. Even bones would do it.

    Depends on how much you want to do, i would probably go with IK, loads of tutorials about in Newtek on setting up IK.

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    oh yeah I know this requires goals, nulls, ik, tagets.... I am just completely lost when it comes down to this... and I tried a tut about hydraulics arm, well not the same... this set up looks like pretty complex one.... what do you think...?

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    I'd just IK the armature and probably make a morph map for the springs.. so they squeeze togther. Maybe I'm just a bit budget.

    But you're thinking about scripting springs eh? Sounds like Hooke's Law to me..... F=kx ...

    Good luck scripting it....

    *Runs away very very very fast*

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    NOOOOoooo I don't want to script anything... I just want to do a "budget" stuff simple...

    I kinda succeded making IK for the under arm, but how to make all in relation look very tough to me.. can you help me I am lost... like do I need to different IK chains somehow parented together...? anyway, I wish they had more advanced stuff in the tutorial section... sure I can IK a sigle arm, but these two are in relation with the jonction paltes and all..

    ah well, I 'll give it to a collegue.... I just don't want to loose more than a hour for that and it looks for me it would require a week of fighting..

    Thanks anyway...

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    theres a lamp like this in the classic content i think....

    - edit - and i cant seem to find it.... sigh...

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    Thanks Cameron, I have found it... it was under Blochi stuff called lamp setup...

    Thanks again ! you saved my butt....

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    doh! i didnt even look in that folder! heh.

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