Blender Tutorial - Theo Jansen Mechanism 3D Animation





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Published on Jan 27, 2008

More Updates: I found the .blend file! My hard drive got wiped out but it was on the backup disk. Scroll down for the link. This was blender 2.45 I think. Some of the keys have changed and I expect they will continue to change. There is also a better way "to use a bone as an IK target (without creating an empty), select the target bone first, then hold down SHIFT and select the bone at the tip of your IK chain. Pressing CTRL+I and choosing "To Selected Bone" from the popup menu sets the tip bone to use the target bone for its IK target. Note that the target bone cannot be a part of the bone chain that will have IK."

Thanks, Theo Jansen, for the inspiration and the wonderful kinetic sculptures:

We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.

Thanks, dwyllie, for modelling the mechanism in Geometer's Sketchpad. I used a screen capture of his video as a template: http://youtube.com/watch?v=CufN43By79s

I used this linkage for my wheel-less bicycle animation, http://youtube.com/watch?v=JoQj-tobYOw
and this no-wheels skateboard:

My website:

Blender is a free 3D animation creation program you can download from http://blender.org

The oft requested .blend file:

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Theo Jansen's aesthetically pleasing kinetic sculptures can be found at http://strandbeest.com and on YouTube. Just search for Theo Jansen. According to a news article I read (http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/artic...) He has elected not to patent these inventions, which makes him a hero to me. All he asks if you are interested in them is that you purchase his book available on his web site. (http://www.strandbeest.com)


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