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Rotating bones around their own axis without affecting linked geometry?
show user profile  Stenrik

New to rigging, not an animator, but I have been thrust into it for a current project. So probably a really basic question, but I swear I googled this question and looked through the overview/did a tutorial.

I'm trying to rig a kind of "opening flower" object with multi-jointed petals, where the default shape is a sphere that can break open.

The problem? Now when I try to rotate outward (towards making the object "bloom"), it doesn't hinge out in the desired angle. I want it to rotate radially out from the convergence point and not "twist" in or out.
I was hoping there would be some "align rotation to bone direction" functionality in Max. I don't see any option like that in bone tools/object properties.

In schematic view, I right clicked the bone and unchecked "move children" and that didn't seem to do anything. The only thing that worked was "unlink selected" in schematic view, rotate the bones, then redo everything again.

TL;DR: Is there a way to temporarily unlink objects from bones so the bones can be adjusted, without having to laboriously re-link all the geometry back to them again?


EDIT: Another completely different problem, gah! When I try to rotate all my objects around the central pivot point, they all seem to rotate around some kind of independent axis. Despite coordinate mode set to "view" and all objects grouped together. It's strange, since I never once rotated the objects when modeling them! The original model was created from a sphere, sectioned off simply by detaching polygons. The only thing I can think of is that "affect pivot only" caused this.
Reset Xform makes them scatter like crazy. I'd like to reset them in a way that they would stay where they are, somehow...


Edit #2: The weird pivot thing seems to have fixed itself.

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7/17/2016 4:55:59 AM (last edit: 7/17/2016 6:41:52 AM)
show user profile  HANZZ
Set your Reference Coordinate system to "Local".
Set your pivot point button to use "pivot point center".

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Then, you have to click on and click-drag the proper rotation circle on the selected object gizmo.

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7/17/2016 6:27:35 AM (last edit: 7/17/2016 6:29:18 AM)
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