Appendix C. Inverse Kinematics and MAXScript

3ds Max Design 2011 offers a comprehensive system that allows for the animation of complex assemblies through the use of hierarchies, parent-child relationships that let groups of objects be animated as a single object. The hierarchies can be animated through both forward and inverse kinematics. In this appendix, you'll create hierarchies and add inverse kinematic controllers to a model of a light fixture.

3ds Max Design 2011 also offers a full-featured scripting language called MAXScript. This scripting capability enhances the functionality of the software beyond what can be accomplished with the predefined user interface. Although it is beyond the scope of this appendix to teach MAXScript in depth, ...

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