Maya Tutorial: Rigging Tank Treads in Maya

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In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to rig tank treads. We’ll get started by setting up our initial tread, learning how to prevent flipping issues, how to have the tread move properly as we move our vehicle, making sure it flows in the right direction and cycles along its path.

We’ll then learn how a script can be built to evenly position treads along our path to save you a lot of time. Along the way, we’ll cover topics like how to set up wheel rotations to move with the treads, how to conform the treads to follow an uneven terrain, and how to make the rig scalable.

By the end of this training, you will be equipped with the skill set needed to rig your own robust tread systems.

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