How to use PolyFX to create stunning animations in 3ds Max 2016
PolyFX is a powerful animation tool for 3ds Max that provides the ability to break an object into fragments and animate as you want[^3^]. It can be used for creating various effects such as shattering, cracking, exploding, slicing and more. In this article, we will show you how to use PolyFX to create an object unfolding animation in 3ds Max 2016.
Step 1: Install PolyFX
To use PolyFX, you need to install it first. You can purchase it from BodyulCG.com for $49.95[^3^]. After you download the zip file, extract it and copy the PolyFX.mse file to your 3ds Max scripts folder (usually C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\scripts). Then run 3ds Max and go to Customize > Customize User Interface. In the Toolbars tab, select BodyulCG from the Category list and drag the PolyFX button to your toolbar.
Step 2: Create an object and apply PolyFX
For this example, we will use a simple text object as our source. Create a text object with any font and size you like. Then go to Modify panel and add an Edit Poly modifier. Select all the polygons and detach them as elements. This will make each letter a separate element. Then collapse the modifier stack.
Now select the text object and click on the PolyFX button in your toolbar. This will open the PolyFX UI. In the General tab, set the Mode to Elements and check the Auto Update checkbox. This will make PolyFX automatically update the fragments based on the elements of the source object.
Step 3: Set up the animation parameters
In the Animation tab, you can adjust various parameters to control how the fragments will animate. For this example, we will use the following settings:
Animation Type: Unfold
Unfold Axis: Z
Unfold Direction: Random
Unfold Order: Random
Unfold Delay: 0.1
Unfold Speed: 1.0
Unfold Rotation: 90
Unfold Scale: 0.5
Noise Strength: 0.0
Noise Frequency: 1.0
Noise Phase: 0.0
Noise Seed: 1234
You can also enable other options such as Gravity, Wind, Collision and more to add more realism and variation to your animation.
Step 4: Preview and render your animation
To preview your animation, simply scrub the timeline or press play. You should see your text object unfolding into fragments with random direction, order, rotation and scale. You can also adjust the camera angle and lighting to get a better view of your animation.
To render your animation, go to Render Setup and set up your output settings as usual. Then click on Render or Render Animation to render your scene.
PolyFX is a versatile and easy-to-use animation tool for 3ds Max that can help you create amazing effects with your objects. You can use it for various purposes such as motion graphics, visual effects, game development and more. You can also combine it with other tools and modifiers to create even more complex and stunning animations. aa16f39245