Bounce, Tumble, and Splash! Simulating the Physical World with Blender 3D
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Re-creating the World: An Overview.
Re-creating the Physical World with Blender.
Blender’s Physical Simulation Functionality.
The Science of Simulation.
Nonsimulation Tools and Techniques.
Using Materials and Textures.
Hot Lava with Material Nodes.
Transparency and Subsurface Scattering.
Faking Physics with General Tools.
Modeling Bodies of Water by Using Modifiers and Textures.
Faking a Cloth Flag by Using a Displacement Modifier.
Creating a Poseable Spring by Using an Array Modifier, Shape Keys, and PyDrivers.
Chapter 2 The Nitty-Gritty on Particles.
Setting Particle Parameters.
Using the Physics Tab.
Setting Visualization Options.
Using the Extras Tab.
Using Force Fields and Deflection.
Working with Dynamic Particles.
Creating Fire and Smoke.
The BB vs. the Crystal Ball: Using the Explode Modifier.
Setting Up the Boids System.
Working with Goals and Predators.
Creating a Simple Flying Bird.
Chapter 3 Getting Flexible with Soft Bodies and Cloth.
Getting the Hard Facts on Soft Bodies.
Understanding Soft Body Basics.
Animating a Spring with Soft Bodies.
Using Force Fields and Collision.
Working with Soft Bodies and Curves.
Using Stress-Mapped Textures for Rubbery Surfaces.
Getting Jiggly with Lattices.
Simulating Cloth and Clothing.
Putting Some Clothes on Mancandy.
Learning More about Cloth.
Chapter 4 Hair Essentials: The Long and Short of Strand Particles.
Introducing Blender Hair.
Setting Up a Hair Simulation.
Creating Clumping, Roughness, and Kink.
Lighting and Rendering.
A Trip to the Beauty Salon.
Preparing the Mesh.
Editing Hair Particles.
Releasing Your Inner Hairdresser.
More Tips and Tricks for Controlling Hair.
Soft Bodies and Hair.
Other Uses for “Hair” Particles.
Chapter 5 Making a Splash with Fluids.
Using the Blender Fluid Simulator.
Getting Started with Fluids.
Inflow and Outflow.
Time, Size, and Resolution.
Obstacles and Animation.
Getting the Shot.
Strawberries and Milk.
Bottle of Pop.
Delving Further into Fluids.
Scripts and Exporting.
Exploring Further Resources.
Chapter 6 Bullet Physics and the Blender Game Engine.
The Blender Game Engine.
Getting Started with BGE.
Using Ipos and Actions in BGE.
Rigid Body Simulation and Ipos.
Baking Game Ipos.
Frame Rate and Simulation Speed.
Actor Parameters, Boundaries, and Hull Types.
General Tips on Working with Bullet.
Joints, Ragdolls, and Robots.
Using Rigid Body Joint Constraints.
Using Generic (6DoF) Joints.
Setting Up a Ragdoll Armature.
Controlling an Armature.
A Passive-Walking Robot.
Chapter 7 Imitation of Life: Simulating Trees and Plants.
The Blender Greenhouse: Creating Foliage with L-Systems and ngPlant.
An Open Source Ivy Generator.
A Few More Points to Mention.
Tips for Creating an Outdoor Scene.
The Importance of Observation.
Appendix About the Companion CD.
What You’ll Find on the CD.
Blender 2.46 Software.
Using the CD.
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