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Lesson 14 - Blender Rigid Body Dynamics


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Neal Hirsig


Lesson #14 focuses on Blender's Rigid Body Dynamics tools and functionality.

Suggested Texbook Readings:

There are no suggested textbook readings for this lesson.

Video Tutorials:

14-01 - Rigid Bodies Part 1
14-02 - Rigid Bodies Part 2
14-03 - Rigid Bodies Part 3
14-04 - Rigid Bodies Part 4 - Constraints
14-05 - Rigid Bodies Part 5 - Breakable Constraints
14-06 - Rigid Bodies Part 6 - Cache and Rendering
14-07 - Rigid Bodies Part 7 - Examples

PDF Tutorials:


Lesson 14A - House of Cards

House of Cards PDF Tutorial
House of Cards Complete.blend
House of Cards.mp4 *
House of

*If MP4 file doesn’t open, right click on file, save to desktop, then open with your media player.


Create a mp4 video of a simple rigid body marble roll similar to that shown below. (Variation) create multiple collisions.

If you cannot see the above animation you can view the animation HERE.