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Tutorial: Creating Ragdoll Rigs



Slam Sintel into a car dragon in this Blender Cookie tutorial by Richard van der Oost! Richard explains how to set up a ragdoll for the physics and then how to connect it to the actual model for animation. Fun!

Richard writes:

Physics simulations can be really useful to create complex dynamic motion. Most of the time we only use simple rigid-bodies, but what if you want to simulate a human body falling or being struck? This is where ragdolls come into play. A simple ragdoll is made up of a few rigid-bodies which are being held together by constraints. Although they are quite simple to set-up, they can be really useful for things like car accidents and other stuntman-like actions.

Take part in this two-part free course to learn how we can create a very simple ragdoll for Sintel from the Blender Foundation Open Movie.

Lesson 1: learn how to create a ragdoll rig and how to use it in a non-destructive way alongside Sintel’s existing rig.
Lesson 2: go on to simulate the ragdoll in a car accident and create animation drivers to switch between the original rig and the ragdoll.


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


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