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How can I force particles to be attracted to the surface of moving geo?

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In a particle sim, I would like particles to start to move (at a specified distance) toward an animated sphere and attach to its surface. I tried "POP Attract", "POP steer seek", "POP advect", without success!

How can I achieve this particle behavior?


Thanks for helping.



Edited by Masoud

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Hi "Tesan";

Honestly, I didn't get any useful things from the links you recommended :(


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POP Attract is unfortunately of pretty limited utility in a lot of situations.

It does have a mode to attract to specific points or parametric locations on geometry (similar to the Creep SOP). You just need to provide the goal points to attract to. Scattering a number of points onto the goal sphere equal to your number of particles and giving them an i@id attribute to match with is an easy way to do this. You'll just have to deal with carefully fine-tuning your forces, because POP Attract only modifies the v@force attribute so there will be overshoot.

If you want more control, it's not too hard to define the goal yourself in a POP Wrangle and bind it to some other attribute, such as the v@targetv wind force attribute. The VEX is pretty straightforward:

// get matching goal point by id
int match = idtopoint(1, i@id);

// get vector to goal point
vector goal = point(1, "P", match);

// set targetv (wind force) to move towards goal.
// targetv and airresist are the attributes generated by pop wind.
vector targetv = (goal - @P) * ch("force_scale");
v@targetv = targetv;
f@airresist = ch("air_resistance");

Those two attributes being bound at the end there are special attributes that the POP Wind DOP generates. The POP Solver uses these to define a target velocity and a bias for mixing with other wind forces. This lets you much more directly influence particle behavior.

I'm attaching an example of both methods.


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Hi, Henry

The second one worked for me, very useful tips.


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