Hi all:

Last weekend while navigating through a couple of prop rigs i did some time ago, i realized that wherever i need to make an object auto-rotate properly, i use expressions all the time in order do the math stuff. For instance, storing previous world space positions and previous rotations. So finally i decided to spend my saturday morning developing a custom node to do the job.

Here is the result:

autoRotate is a C++ custom Autodesk Maya MPxNode that calculates the rotation in degrees based on world space delta movement, radius, global scale and movement axis.
Although simple i found out that it is really useful in several situations as the ones shown in the examples. Moreover, it simplifies the setup and avoid the use of expressions.

Hope you like it!!


collisionDeformer is a Maya custom deformer that allows you to deform a geometry based on collisions with other geometries. The collision computation is done in several steps:

Firstly the vertex that are supposed to collide are repositioned. Secondly, based on maximum reposition distances and several input parameters vertices around collision are also repositioned trying to maintain the total volume of the mesh.

Although under development yet, results and degree of control are quite good.

Hope you like it!


During this weekend i had some time to finish the customLocator node in Autodesk Maya. This node allows the user to draw some predefined shapes in OpenGL: Circle, Cube, Disc, Locator, Arrow and Cone.

The node contains some useful parameters that change the way OpenGL will draw the shapes. For instance, Colors, XRay, Fade based on Distance.

See you soon ^^

meshControl Custom Locator

Ladies and Gentlemens, i introduce you meshControl: a custom Locator for Autodesk Maya, developed in C++, that draws a list of faces of a geometry in the viewport 3D using OpenGL. The node has some useful parameters to modify the way OpenGL will paint the geometry, such as selected Color, unselected Color, XRay, Fade based on Distance. Moreover, a custom Tool has been developed to make easier the process of creation, modification and search of the Locators.

♥  Hope you like it!!