many force fields

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-11-16T05:54:14+01:00

I rendered a new particle simulation in blender today. For this animation I placed 64 forcefields in a grid using a particle system on a cube. I've set the particle system physics to none and the particle placement mode to Grid to spread the particles evenly on the volume. Then I chose an empty with a forcefield as the particle object and applied the system, to turn the forcefields into objects. Then deleted the cube and added an ico-sphere with a new particle system. These particles are emitted inside the grid of focefields and use no gravity or inital velocity all movements are generated by the forces the fields exert on the particles.

Initially I wanted to render the animation with BI to speed things up, but in the end cycles rednered the frames faster on my GPU than BI could render them, so I used a diffuse shader-node and a sun light to render the scene.

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many force fields

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boid particles in a force field

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-11-15T05:24:56+01:00

I rendered a new Particle simulation yesterday. For this animation I used a particle system with boid- or swarm particles that are influenced by a forcefield. I experimented with different values of the Flow parameter, and tried to find a sweet spot for the mass of the particles to prevent the particles from clumping together or dissolving immediately.

The particles use a simple white diffuse cycles material node. I set the world background to a grayish blue and added a slightly warmer light on the right side to create a little bit of contrast. I originally intended to add some volumetric light to make the scene look like under the sea - but that would have increased the render time dramatically so I sacrificed it to be able to render the animation over night.

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boids in a flow forcefield

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animation node network

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-07-26T06:58:10+02:00

For this animation I used the cluster from particle template of the animation node addon

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animation node network

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Boid Particle experiment 5 - Fight

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-04-06T05:31:28+02:00

For this experiment I used 2 interacting boid particle systems in blender

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Interacting boids

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Boid Particle experiment 4 - Lights

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-04-05T05:33:50+02:00

for this experiment I turned some boid particles to curves using the bTrace addon

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boid lights

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Boid Particle experiment 2 - Crawl

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-04-04T05:44:10+02:00

For this animation I used a boid particle system and made it crawl on land

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crawling boids

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Boid Particle experiment 2 - Surface

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-03-31T06:50:18+02:00

For this experiment I used the cubemesh surfacer on a boid particle system

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boid particle surface

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Boid Particle experiment 1

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-03-29T05:16:11+02:00

For this animation I used a blender boid particle system

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boid particles

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keyed particles experiment 2 - time

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-03-22T05:17:49+01:00

For this animation I used a keyed-particle system and changed the time and the duration values for each stop.

I used a sphere and two cubes as my particle emitters. The first particle system is a particle system on the sphere with no physics to make the particles static.

Then the keyed particles move on to a particle system on a cube where the particles get moved my a forcefield.

Then the keyed particles move to the second cube where the particles again have no physics but are distributed in a grid.

And finally the move back to the sphere where they started.

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keyed particels experiment

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keyed particle experiment

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-03-21T06:39:46+01:00

For this animation I used 3 different particle systems and one that uses them as target for a keyed particle system.

The first particle system has no physics at all and sits on a cube. The second particle system uses fluid particles. And the third one uses newton particles on an ico-sphere that get influenced by a forcefield.

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keyed particels experiment

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