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chainMaker 1.0.0 for Maya (maya script)

Script that make ready-to-animate chains

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  • 2008, 8.x

Operating Systems

  • Windows


Last Modified:04/10/2008
File Size: 2.15 KB
Chain Maker v1.0 by Benyaminu

Chain Maker is a little script that quick make an easy chain, pattern-limit free and ready to animate.

Installation :

Just place "chainMaker.mel" and "makeChain.mel" into your script directory (i.e MyDocsmaya*version*scripts)

Reboot Maya, then follow the instructions.

How to use :

- First, select the objects you want to be the patterns (in the order you want them to be placed) You can select more than one object before selecting the curve.

- Then select the curve you want to be the path

- Finally, run the script or type "chainMaker;" (without the quotes " " ) in the quick MEL command (so you can make a shelf button)

---- Ready for Animation ! ----
The script adds an Attribute "Roll" to the path Curve which controls the rotation of all the pieces. Integers corresponds to a complete revolution along the curve. (For instance, a value of 1 equals to 1 complete revolution, 2 equals to 2...)

Then you can connect the roll Attribute to the rotation of an object and make for instance a realistic-animated bike chain.


Fit to Curve : (Default = Active) When active, it calculates automatically how many patterns are needed to fill best the curve (size of pattern objects are calculated in World Space, with minX / maxX bounding box coordinates).

Max Count : (Default = 4) When "Fit to Curve" is inactive, max Count is directly the number of duplicate that you want. The patterns will be spread regularly along the curve.

Delete Originals :(Default = Inactive) When active, delete original objects that have been used as patterns.


Tested Maya 2008 x64 Extension 2 and Maya 8.5 x64

This script still in work, so if you have any comment or idea to improve it, don't hesitate !


Please use the Bug System to report any bugs.
Please use the Feature Requests to give me ideas.
Please use the Support Forum if you have any questions or problems.
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