How to Create Hydraulic Cylinders in Cinema 4D

How to Create Hydraulic Cylinders in Cinema 4D

Within Arm's Reach…

Having run student projects regarding robots for a number of years, a frequent question I got asked was “How do I add hydraulics to things like a robot's arms/legs/head etc?”

So in this quick tutorial, I look at how to add in a simple hydraulic system to an even simpler robotic arm.

How to Create Hydraulic Cylinders in Cinema 4D

In this video, you will learn quickly how to produce a basic robotic arm. You will then create a basic joint structure and an IK Chain.

You will learn how to add in objects to the joint chain to keep them in place without needing to bind them.

Then you will learn how to add in a simple Cylinder and Loft to be used as a hydraulic system.

Using a Constraint Tag, you will then constrain the direction of the cylinder to aim at the end of the system and to constrain the end of the cylinder (circular spline) in place.

All in all, quite a nifty little piece of knowledge which could easily enhance your model or animation!

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