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Create An Animated Zipper



Ray Mairlot uses a clever rig to achieve a zipper effect in this videotutorial.

Ray writes:

In this video tutorial I take you through the steps of how to create a zipper that can be animated to open and close. I also cover how to use multiple UV maps to help create a stitched cloth texture and create a quick-rendering fake chrome material.


  1. I've had to create a zipper some time ago. I've used simple displacement and it worked ok, for what was asked.

    The problems began when I was asked to make a real dynamic cloth with a zipper :D
    It turns out pinning weights are not dynamic (evaluated only before simulation) so I had to make a plane going through the cloth and pull it out in animation. It worked but with lots of painful glitches.

    Any thoughts if bullet physics will improve cloth also some day?

  2. Excellent tutorial, thank you very much! I like that you prepared everything beforehand and focused on the essential information.

    It was a joy to watch all the way through and very informative! Clever technique, thanks for sharing.

    • Your comments are much appreciated, though I'm sure there are some people that would prefer me to show everything from scratch. But like you said, I prefer to focus on the techniques for the effect, it wasn't intended as a modelling tutorial.

  3. The cloth pattern is a little higher on the left side (presumably due to the opposite zipper half being offset). Is there an easy fix for that, without have to break the linked resources?

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