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NVIDIA has released updated PhysX plug-ins of 2.7 branch – 2.72.0421 for 3ds Max (2012 - 2009) and 2.72.0511 for Maya (2013 – 2009).
Please Note: 3ds Max 2013 is supported only by 2.85 PhysX plug-in, due to significant compatibility changes in 3ds Max SDK.
Update: new 2.72.0601 plug-in for 3ds Max is now available. Plug-in is temporarily located at Developer Support Center.
|2.72 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max: Release Notes|
- APEX 1.1 update for LOD fixes.
- APEX Clothing now exporting collision shapes once per asset instead of once per LOD.
- APEX Clothing fix physical mesh visualization bug.
- APEX Clothing Latch To Nearest system now only support 30 instead of 32 channels.
- Fix crash when attempt to generate composite mesh on problematic geometry.
- Removed friction max clamp on rigid body.
- Fix RayFire bug – some convex fails to simulate.
- Pop-up previewer fixes for textures usage crashes.
Autodesk and NVIDIA continue their effort to create the universal physics simulation system for 3ds Max package – it is known as MassFX.
What has changed in new MassFX version, that comes with 3ds Max 2013, in comparison to the first release? We have tried to answer this question in our review.
One of the main new features of MassFX 2013 is the addition of mCloth – cloth simulation module, which was co-developed with Autodesk. Despite the rumors, mCloth uses PhysX 2.8.4 cloth solver for underlying physical calculations.
In comparison to APEX Clothing tools in PhysX plug-ins, mCloth is clearly oriented on VFX area: “one click” set up (no need to skin the mesh and apply movement constraints, as for APEX), full collisions with MassFX rigid bodies with two-way interaction, vertex group operations (like pin or attach to object), support for dynamic and kinematic cloth, ability to bake the simulation in keyframes.
Autodesk has officially presented 3ds Max 2013 and 3ds Max Design 2013 – popular 3D modelling, rendering and animation packages.
Among other changes and improvements, MassFX, PhysX SDK based physics simulation solution, was upgraded with a number of new features.
Artists can now enjoy a more integrated and accurate dynamic toolset, thanks to a wide range of enhancements and additions to the MassFX unified system of simulation solvers.
Highlights are a new mCloth module that features tearable fabric and support for dynamic ragdoll hierarchies. In addition, improved constraints, better handling of pivot points, and enhanced UI readability help improve overall workflow.
Following presentations were held as part of NVIDIA Game Technology Theather event on March 7.
First one is called “3ds Max with MassFX” and was presented by Chris Murray from Autodesk.
Update: recording is now available on YouTube
This talk was mostly focused on features under development, that are expected to be added in future versions of MassFX, like mCloth – new clothing simulation solution.
mCloth is supposed to provide stable two-way interaction with rigid bodies, probably utilize GPU acceleration, support user-controlled tearing (through vertex selection) and include some interesting pressure simulation for balloon-like behaviour (for example, if you have holes in your mesh, balloon will deflate).
MirVadim has uploaded new impressive promo video of RayFire – fracturing and destruction tool for Autodesk 3ds Max, which is using PhysX plug-in/MassFX for underlying physics simulation.
If you are interested in RayFire history and PhysX SDK role in its development, you can read our previous article – PhysX From Inside Out: RayFire Tool
Autodesk has presented another video, showcasing some of the new features of MassFX – PhysX 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.
Update: 2.72 plug-ins available
2.71 PhysX Plug-in for 3ds Max – Release Notes:
- General: Fix a HW check issue for old driver causing crash for some users.
- General: Saving file at the end of a simulation will capture transform all objects in scene.
- General: Sprinting improvement for 3rd party plugins utilizing this plugin.
- General: Exporter locale issue. Force to keep as period instead of comma.
- General: Removed unused materials and shapes in exported XML files.
- General: Fix the crash with previewer, waving flag sample.
- General: Upgrade 3.x mode to use PhysX SDK 3.1.1
- General: Minor toolbar tweaks.
- General: Prevent some convex hull failure cases.
- General: Increase contact buffer for PhysX 3.x.
- General: Fix the bug that when in the middle baking, it restarts from time start. The reason is that Max does occasional preSave event and we prefer to rewind before saving.
- Rigid Body: Fix button based initial motion calculation.
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).
Next major release of DCC PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max has arrived.
New 2.70.1028.1400 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max (2009 – 2012, 32- and 64-bit) just have landed on download page at Developer Support Center.
Additionally, updated 2.61.1028.0930 PhysX plug-in was released for 3ds Max - it includes minor bug-fixes for 2.61 version.
2.7 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max – New Features Overview:
- General: Additional PhysX SDK 3.1 solver
Providing same simulation quality as SDK 2.8.4, SDK 3.1 solver is noticeably faster, especially in specific scenes which contain composite meshes with complex concave geometry.
As a test, we’ve measured a time that is needed to simulate 200 frames of “Chainmail” scene (430+ composite rigid bodies), in a viewport. As you can see, in this case SDK 3.1 solver is ~40% faster.
Notes: #1 APEX Clothing is not yet supported by SDK 3.1 engine.
#2 Current SDK 3.1 implementation has limited contact buffer, so it is not recommended to use it with large number of objects.
NVIDIA has released upgraded set of tutorials on how to create APEX Clothing assets in 3ds Max, Maya and how use them in UE3/UDK engine.
Archives are containing recorded video tutorials, all necessary assets, UE3 packages and scene files (for 3ds Max/Maya 2011 and latest PhysX plug-ins).
New tutorilas are availale for download at Developer Support Center, under following section: [Online Support] -> [Downloads] -> [APEX] -> [APEX DCC Clothing Plugins]
- Clothing Max Tutorials Part 1 (9-29-11).zip (590 mb)
- Tutorial #1: Setup and UI
- Tutorial #2: Waving Flag authoring
- Tutorial #3: Cape (low res) authoring
- Tutorial #4: Trench Coat (medium res) authoring
- Clothing Max Tutorials Part 2 (9-29-11).zip (525 mb)
- Tutorial #5: Pants (high res) authoring
- Tutorial #6: Exporting from 3ds Max to UE3
- Clothing Maya Tutorials (9-29-11).zip (497 mb)
- Tutorial #1: Setup and UI
- Tutorial #2: Trench Coat (medium res) authoring
- Tutorial #3: Exporting from Maya to UE3
- Clothing Tutorial for Unreal 3 (9-29-11).zip (186 mb)
- Tutorial #1: Animation Notifies Max Distance Scaling
3ds Max Tutorials Note: scene files ending with “_2010″ are not compatible with 3ds Max 2012.
You can also find mentioned video tutorials at NvidiaApexDeveloper channel at YouTube.
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