Questions tagged [rigging]

Rigging is the process used in computer animation, particularly in the animation of characters, to efficiently mimic real world skeletal systems for animation purposes. Use this tag for questions about armatures and rigging questions/issues.

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How to make rig that reacts to gravity or seem to behave physically correct?

Here's a nice, strangely familiar hat. It's rigged with three bones. Let's say I want the hat to fall like a real hat would, and bounce around when the character which it's attached to moves. I could ...
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heat weighting: failed to find solution for one or more bones

Here is the link to my Blend file. Picture: It's nothing special but I cant figure out why I get problems rigging this mesh. It would be important and a great Help! Thanks for reading and I know ...
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How can I automatically generate vertex groups for an armature?

I've been trying to find this on the Blender Wiki, but I can't seem to find the details. I knew how to do it one time but I forgot how to do so now. How do you generate vertex groups for individual ...
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What is the ideal topology for a shoulder joint?

Modeling the shoulder joint of humanoid models is often a sticking point for me, due to the many degrees of freedom a shoulder has, and when rigged, my shoulders often pinch badly. What sort of edge ...
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How to mirror a bone?

I can't find the bone mirror option. When I used Blender about two years ago the mirror option was tucked away in the rig/object panels, but now I see no obvious options. How can I mirror bones in 2....
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How can I copy one side of a rig to the other?

I need to mirror the half part of the rigging of my character, I remember it was something with the scale or rotation.. does anyone know which was the right solution step-to-step?
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How do I rig a BB-8 robot?

I have made a BB-8 robot from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, now I want to rig it so the head will stay on top when I move the body. Here is some reference footage of what it looks like ...
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How do I rig Walschaerts valve gear in Blender?

I'm trying to rig a Walschaerts valve gear, which looks like this: I've got some of it working, but I can't figure out how to get the combination lever (the mostly vertical bar between the wheels and ...
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How to create a bent spring?

I found and followed a tutorial from youtube to create a spring but I found that it can't bend. I want to create a jack in the box so I want the crown to be able to hang down to scare someone. The ...
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How to Set/Calculate pole angle of IK constraint so the chain does not move?

How to calculate the exact pole angle so when I add Pole bone the IK chain does not move?
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How to simulate Miura-fold

I'm hoping to find advice here for simulating the Miura origami in Blender. I have searched quite thoroughly on methods and have only come as far as my failed attempt in my attached image above. The ...
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Animate the parenting of an object

let's say we have a magazine, a gun, and hands. The magazine is parented with the gun. When I make an animation of reloading, I want the Magazine to be a parent of the hand, then after the magazine ...
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Is there any way to copy the weight of one bone over to another(forgot to use x-mirror)?

I solved my other problem and I finally got it to deform to an acceptable level. However now I'm having trouble, I forgot to activate x-mirror when weight painting and I got the weights right on one ...
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Lines inside mesh

I'm trying to make and rig a human mesh but instead of faces I want the volume to be made out of lines, like the image below suggests, with the possibility of animating the lines, just make them ...
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Can I set my pose position like the new rest position?

I would like to move my armature from pose mode to another pose (a random one) and set the position I create like the new rest position. Is there a way in order to achieve this goal? My armature is ...
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Some vertices don't move along with the rig

I follow this tutorial which uses rigify and I have run into some issues. Not every vertex moves along the rig. Any idea what could cause this? I applied the location and rotation for every object. ...
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Hook/parent/constrain to particle hair?

Is there any way to hook, parent, or constraint something to a vertex of a particle hair strand? Such as a hair accessory dangling from a braid that needs to move with the hair? Converting the hair ...
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Parenting messes up transforms - where is the offset stored?

When I parent an object to another object with keep_transforms=True The object stays in place as expected, however I noticed that the location attribute of the child did not change. If I zero out the ...
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How to assign vertex group to single bone

I'm trying to animate a simple character in blender. I made a very simple armature, with a bone for every moving part of the mesh. Each moving part is "stored" in a vertex group, and I would like to ...
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How can I rig a cylinder so that when it's rotated its end cap will not penetrate the floor?

I have a default Blender cylinder positioned upright atop a ground plane: How can I rig the cylinder so that can be animated to wiggle/jitter (perhaps procedurally with noise f-curve modifiers on two ...
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Rig a rope spanning two objects

I am trying to rig a rope so that it spans between two objects. Technically it is a fuel line, regardless I am trying to get it to work with the soft-body physics, primarily because A, it will be ...
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How do I rig this bridge in Blender?

I'm trying to rig the following bridge, but can't wrap my head around this. When I rotate Bone on its X-axis to hoist the bridge, the bottom part where Bone.002 is attached too comes loose from the ...
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What does abbreviations like DEF, MCH, CTRL, WGT stands for in rigging?

I often download the .blend files with the rigged characters. There are some abbreviations like DEF, MCH, CTRL, WGT in front of the bone's names (like e.g. MCH-counter_spin). I guess what all of them ...
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How to rig a cartoon-style hose limb? (cartoon arm)

I was wondering if anyone knows how to set up a hose-like, cartoon-type limb like in this picture? My current setup for my model's limbs uses Inverse Kinematics and actually works quite well for the ...
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how do you merge two bones into one?

I have a generated mesh and set of bones from a makehuman model but it created two bones in the shin. How do I merge the two selected bones into one bone but keep the skeleton intact, i.e. the knee ...
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Multiple character instances with BlenRig workflow?

I'm working on a project that requires using many instances of the same character and rig in a scene, which I've created using BlenRig 5 (working great). How do I go about instancing the character ...
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How to rig a shirt with buttons so that the buttons follow the mesh of the shirt

I didn't address this in a while because I was busy with something else, but now it has cycled back into my schedule. Right now I have a shirt modeled and bones set in place. It's already technically ...
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How do I rig each blade to fan out like an aperture lens?

I'm new to blender so I've got loads to learn. My problem at the moment is that I want to rig up each individual triangle, so that I can get it to fan out like a camera aperture. Can anyone help me ...
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Rigify Error Bone cannot connect chain bone

Using rigify when generating the rig I get this error message Does someone know how I can fix this I don´t want to start it all over bone spine004 cannot connect chain bone position is disjoint. ...
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IK-rig doesn't bend when I add elbow-target/elbow-pole

I have an IK-rig set up for my arm. An upper arm bone, a lower arm bone and the arm-IK bone, like so(front-view): The IK-rig works until I add an elbow target/elbow pole. At this point, the arm stops ...
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How can I bake the physics cache of linked objects?

Imagine you have a rig that consists on bones and everything, and that in that setup you also include curve objects to do some physics simulation. All these rig objects would be part of a group for ...
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How can I reverse the direction of bones in my armature?

I spent a lot of time building up my armature for my dragon model and then, after I was all done and started to refine it, I realized that the bones from the pelvis out to the end of the tail were ...
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How can a mechanical linkage with a closed loop be rigged?

I'm trying to rig a model of a Peaucellier-Lipkin mechanical linkage. While inverse kinematics for a chain of bones in the armature works well for some of the linkage, I don't see how to create the ...
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character made with multiple objects one armature or different armatures

This is a character that I made in Blender with multiple objects When I added an armature fist, and joined the object and test, it didn't work. Then I linked parent but that didn't work either. ...
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Rigging an umbrella-like object

I'm trying to figure out the best way to rig this setup. I have several pipes arranged vertically, right next to each other. I want a rig where I can use a single controller to have them spread out at ...
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How to re-parent a bone?

I have rigged a gun, but the bones/armature is attached to the wrong bone. I need to move all the bones which are meant for the gun to a different bone. Images which explain the problem:
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How to mirror a walk cycle?

How can we mirror a walk cycle, to make the bones do the same transformations but flipped, and offset in time? Say I have keyframed the bones on the left side, and they're labeled as such (...
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How to combine various armatures?

I put together an armature for a four legged creature, but I had to make each leg armature separate. I now want to combine them into one armature. Is there an easy way to do this?
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Change multiple custom properties simultaneously

When I ⌥ Alt LMB on a transformations property, I can change multiple the property for multiple object with once input action. The property turns blue for the duration of the operation. Is ...
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Trying to rig a Map

I'm trying to make a "simple" accordion map in Blender 2.79, for animated and still render purposes. I will map graphics onto each face, and I don't want the faces to get stretched/distorted. I do ...
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Copy animation from rig to rig

i have a character rig animated. I tried to "copy and paste" in curve editor the animation from rig to another one but seems not to be the way. How can i transfer animation from a rig to another? ...
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How to rig clothes?

I've made a guy with some clothes, I would like to rig it now, however, when I raise his leg a bit, his skin comes out more as seen here: How do you stop this from happening?
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How do I make eyes like an animal crossing?

I know how to make it simple with textures. I wonder how to implement blinking or eye movement. I've been looking for a YouTube course and there's a few textures that say eye rigging, but I'm not ...
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How can I position bones in a model easily and precisely?

I tried to position the hand bones of my rig / armature, but it was SO difficult to get all those little bones to align in 3D space accurately, even when I was using Quad View. After working on it for ...
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Why do some bones look like boxes and others like arrows?

I've been looking at tutorials on how to rig a model and found this one. Why does this guy's bones look like boxes while all the others look like triangular arrows? Is there a functional difference or ...
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How to rig a rotary counter?

I would like to know if is possible to create a simple python script to rotate these dials. What I want is something like this: The first ring from the left is rotated around the ...
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Is it possible to use a slider toggle from FK to IK, in a armature?

I've seen in older Blender character rigs (such as Big Buck Bunny), character armatures had some floating slide toggles that affected whether a rig appendage was Forward-Kinematic or Inverse Kinematic ...
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how to copy a rig to another mesh

I have two meshes in their own blend files, ones is a very muscular male and another one is a curvy female. I'm working on the rigging and animation of the female and I've managed to make some simple ...
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Workflow: Cloth simulation without disabling armature

The typical workflow for cloth is to have areas that are attached to the body be Pinned, and influenced by an armature limited to the Pinned group. The rest of the garment would not be influenced by ...
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Adding Other types of Custom Properties

I'm starting to use the amazing, yet simple to use Blender Drivers: I'm looking for a way to add other Types of Custom Properties than the default floats. For instance: Color, Vector, String, ...

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