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Force fields

Force fields

Postby themitchel0 » August 1st, 2010, 10:07 am

so, does anyone know what theses force fields do and are used for in blender and how to use them?
1. Force
2. Vortex
3. Magnetic
4. Harmonic
5. Charge
6. Lennard Jones
7. Turbulance
8. Drag
9. Boid
10. Curve Guide
11. Texture
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Re: Force fields

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 1st, 2010, 11:16 am

They are for controlling particles and cloth. I think they might also affect fluids sometimes.
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Re: Force fields

Postby IrascibleOne » August 1st, 2010, 1:14 pm

I believe they can be used for mesh deformation as well...not entirely sure about that and if you can I dunno how.

To use them with particles for instance, you just make the emitter and all that first. Add an empty, then attach one of the force thingies to it and away you go. I use the wind one in the flag tutorial, and they are all used the same way. I think the best way to figure out exactly what each one does is to just get a particle emitter up and running and try each one of them out.
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Re: Force fields

Postby themitchel0 » August 1st, 2010, 2:25 pm

ok thanks guys
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Re: Force fields

Postby Dictator-for-life » August 1st, 2010, 3:16 pm

While you are at it, an excellent way to play with them is with Boids. Some awesome predator-prey stuff you can do with them. :thumbup:
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Re: Force fields

Postby themitchel0 » August 1st, 2010, 3:19 pm

what is the boids?
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Re: Force fields

Postby Dictator-for-life » August 1st, 2010, 3:23 pm

Boids are particle tests used to simulate natural patterns-- flocks, herds, swarms. If you've played with Blender particles, you must have noticed that there is another option to Newtonian, Boids.

A Blender Nation link with a vid and tutorial.
http://www.blendernation.com/simulating-flocks-herds-and-swarms-using-experimental-blender-boids-particles/
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Re: Force fields

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 1st, 2010, 3:58 pm

Boids are a lot of fun to play around with. You should try them!
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