Element Welder (SMR)

Functionality

Welds an ele­ment of a Smart Mag­net Rig to its parent.
There are two modes of weld­ing: Soft and Hard. (v.6.6+)

Soft weld­ing: When a child ele­ment is soft-weld­ed to its par­ent, it always moves in Hard Rota­tion when the par­ent is rotat­ed with Kine­Flex. Soft weld­ing is uni-direc­tion­al – the child can be rotat­ed inde­pen­dent­ly of the parent.

Hard weld­ing: When a child ele­ment is hard-weld­ed, the child will fol­low the par­ent as in Soft weld­ing, but also the par­ent will fol­low the child. Hard weld­ing is bi-directional.

Weld­ing and un-welding
To weld an ele­ment, select Sym­bol instance(s), which are part of a Smart Mag­net Rig, on Stage and click on the Ele­ment Welder but­ton in the SMR Helpers pan­el. Choose Hard or Soft weld­ing in the dia­log that pops up.
To un-weld a weld­ed ele­ment, select it on the Stage and click on the Ele­ment Welder but­ton in the SMR Helpers pan­el and choose Remove in the Ele­ment Welder dia­log that pops up.

Snap­ping of weld­ed elements
Smart Mag­net Joint detects weld­ed ele­ments and can also adjust their rota­tion to match that of the parent.
If the weld­ed ele­ment is in posi­tion over the Mag­net Tar­get, press­ing the (tilda/~ key to the left of 1/! and below Esc) key will restore rota­tion in rela­tion to the par­ent at the time of welding.
If the weld­ed ele­ment is moved away from the Mag­net Tar­get, press­ing (tilda/~ key to the left of 1/! and below Esc) will snap it into posi­tion. A sec­ond press of (tilda/~ key to the left of 1/! and below Esc) will restore rota­tion in rela­tion to the par­ent at the time of welding.

Suggested use

All sit­u­a­tions where Soft Rota­tion with Kine­Flex is undesirable.

Hard weld­ing an ele­ment to its par­ent allows to have mov­able parts ‘sand­wiched’ between front and back parts of the same object. For exam­ple, the back part of a sleeve or skirt, where the front part is the par­ent and the back is a weld­ed child. Anoth­er exam­ple could be a tur­tle shell. 

Also: Hard weld­ing var­i­ous elbow and knee patch­es in rigs with outlines.

A dif­fer­ent usage sce­nario could be the large ears of a rab­bit, soft-weld­ed to the head. When the head is rotat­ed with Kine­Flex, the ears always move in Hard Rota­tion, but as chil­dren can still be rotat­ed individually.

See more prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of weld­ing: Ele­ment Welder tag.

Where does it work?

Select­ed Sym­bol instance(s) on Stage (to weld or un-weld)

Notes

Ele­ment Welder only works with Smart Mag­net Rigs
Weld­ed ele­ments can be seen, when a node rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the rig is loaded in the Smart Mag­net Rig panel

Video demonstrations


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This com­mand is part of the Flan­i­mate Pow­er Tools pack­age. Down­load the lat­est ver­sion from the Down­loads page.
 
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