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MassFX 2013 Sneak Peek: Bearing Machine

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Autodesk has presented another video, showcasing some of the new features of MassFXPhysX SDK based physics simulation system, that is replacing Reactor engine since 3ds Max 2012.

You can observe the process of mCloth object creation (and also it’s settings and interaction with rigid bodies), better support for concave meshes and updated interface.

It was also mentioned previously, that MassFX 2013 will also support standart forces, like PBomb and Vortex.

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March 6th, 2012 at 8:53 am

New Miarmy 1.2 plug-in utilizes PhysX SDK 3.1

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Basefount has announced release of Miarmy 1.2plug-in for Autodesk Maya that is capable of behavioral animation, crowd simulation, physics calculation and rendering.

Amond other features, physics engine in Miarmy 1.2 is now based on PhysX SDK 3.1 (in previous releases – 2.8.4), which provides faster and more accurate rigid body physics simulation even with high number of complex jointed objects.

In addition, usage of new PxCloth solver allows “100 times faster” simulation of cloth and clothing assets.

With new PhysX 3.1 Engine, The limit on the number of dynaimc agents is gone. On an average home PC, one can easily create a scene with more than 5,000 agents enable dynamics which contains more than 85,000 RBD objects and 80,000 dynamical joints. The cloth simulation will became almost real-time.

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February 21st, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Pre-GDC 2012: PhysX and APEX presentations overview

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NVIDIA has revealed presentations schedule for Game Developers Conference 2012 (GDC 2012), taking place on March 5-9 in San Francisco.

As usually, certain talks will be demonstrating latest advances in PhysX and APEX technologies. Let’s take a look:

March 7th, Booth #1424

3dsMax with MassFX

11:00am - 12:00pm. Chris Murray, Autodesk

Autodesk’s implementation of MassFX within 3dsMax will show you just how easy the workflow is for rigid body dynamics and how versatile to the tool can be. Additionally, Autodesk will be giving a technology preview of some aspects of MassFX currently being experimented with in 3dsMax.

IKinema IK for Combining Physics and Animation in Maya

2:00pm - 3:00pm. Alexandre Pechev, IKinema

IKinema is a production-proven solution for animating with inverse kinematics (IK) in Maya. Come see how we combine IKinema IK with NVIDIA’s PhysX Plugin for Maya to produce animations that can capture a character’s intent and physical simulation at with an improved speed and accuracy over handmade animations. Dressing the character with APEX Clothing can add even more dramatic physical effects and secondary motion to your film or game.

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February 13th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

MassFX: what is coming in future versions of 3ds Max

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As always at the beginning of the year, Ken Pimentel (Director of Visual Communication Solutions within Autodesk) has revealed some details about new features and capabilities of upcoming versions of 3ds Max.

Few words were said about MassFX - PhysX SDK based physics simulation solution, introduced in 3ds Max 2012.

We introduced MassFX and mRigids (based on PhysX and our partnership with Nvidia) in 3ds Max 2012. It was a start on our march to a more unified dynamics experience. We’ve continued that effort with Nvidia and we think you’ll be pretty pleased with the results in general. We’re not done, but definite progress in the right direction, we hope you’re pleased with it.

“Results” will include, at least, the addition of mCloth module for cloth simulation (as revealed at SIGGRAPH 11) and forcefields functionality through standart Force objects (as you can notice from a “teaser” video below).

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February 7th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

GDC 2011: 3ds Max 2012 including nRigids with Nvidia PhysX presentation

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NVIDIA has published several Game Technology Theater feature talks, which took place at NVIDIA GDC Booth yesterday, March 2.

This particular one, called “3ds Max 2012 including nRigids with Nvidia PhysX” and presented by Shawn Hendriks from Autodesk, mostly contains general overview of 3ds Max 2012 features (despite of the title), but also provides some information on new mRigids rigid body dynamics system (starting 39:53).

You can view recorded “3ds Max 2012 including nRigids with Nvidia PhysX” presentation here

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March 3rd, 2011 at 10:35 pm

3ds Max 2012 announced officially

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Autodesk has officially announced 3ds Max 2012 and 3ds Max Design 2012 – 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing packages.

New set of 3ds Max products introduces first module of unified MassFX simulation system – mRigids rigid body dynamics.

Update: 3ds Max 2012 released – MassFX system overview

With mRigids, you can leverage the multi-threaded NVIDIA® PhysX® engine to create compelling, dynamic rigid-body simulations directly in the 3ds Max viewport. mRigids supports static, dynamic, and kinematic rigid bodies (the latter for rag doll simulations), and a number of constraints: Rigid, Slide, Hinge, Twist, Universal, Ball & Socket, and Gear.

MassFX system is based on PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max, and will replace existing Reactor physics engine.

We’ve already reviewed some sneak-peek videos of MassFX and spotted certain vital features – convex decomposition ans substeps control.

In addition, new Maya 2012 is also including PhysX plug-in as part of standart package.

New Simulation Options — Incorporates the multithreaded NVIDIA PhysX engine for static, dynamic and kinematic rigid-body simulations directly in the Maya viewport. The PhysX plug-in also includes kinematic ragdoll simulations and APEX Clothing.

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March 1st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Autodesk webinar reveals plans on PhysX SDK integration into XBR

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Autodesk 3ds Max users may be familiar with XBR (project Excalibur) – next major generation of 3ds Max products, that is supposed to adress many issues on fundamental level and includes some new features, currently beeing in extensive development stage.

Rumors have been floating around for some time, but it seems now it is official – recent webinar from Autodesk has revealed that Simulation sub-system within XBR will be based on PhysX SDK, instead of Reactor engine (using Havok).

Autodesk Webinar - XBR and PhysX

QA session after the webinar

Following webinar recording is giving a glimpse on some features and ideas for XBR Simulation system (starting 44:45).

Judging by XBR release date (when it’s done), we can assume that it will use PhysX SDK 3.x

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February 16th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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Augmented Reality demo with Kinect and PhysX

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LABSID, company born from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia, has published interesting demo video – augmented reality application, showcasing interaction between real world and virtual objects, using rigid body and cloth physics simulation by PhysX SDK and Kinect motion controller.

We will look forward for future developments.

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February 10th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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Activate3D: Intelligent Character Motion

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Interesting piece of software was released recentlyActivate3D, player’s motion recognition system, that combines inverse kinematics, animation synthesis, and real-time manipulation of animated characters in one technology called Intelligent Character Motion.

Following video is illustrating capabilities of Activate3D.

Animation system if fully integrated with dynamic environment, provided by PhysX SDK.

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January 12th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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Next 3DMark will not use PhysX ?

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According to upcoming 3DMark 2011 benchmark won’t rely on PhysX integration, but use some in-house physics engine, based on DX 11 Compute Shaders.

Several Futuremark products like 3D mark 06 and Shattered Horizon game are using PhysX SDK, but only 3DMark Vantage features GPU/PPU accelerated physics, which can affect final CPU score.

From our opinion, this is natural change – solution, that brings substantial benefits to one of the GPU manufacturers, can hardly fit into unbiased benchmark, which 3DMark claims to be.

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September 20th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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