Hello all. I’ve been getting to grips with Blenders constraints, drivers etc. and I wanted to try something a little more complicated - an articulating robotic head with a control rig.
Now, I’ve seen a lot of tutorials which deal with the basics, but I cannot find anything that will show me how to do what I am attempting to do. Because this will be a long process, it’s best if I start with simple questions first and keep asking until the model is completed rather than explain exactly and in detail the full model.
The first question is this - the robot’s head is divided into panels. These panels raise and slide backwards, one after the other, as the head articulates upwards and return to the closed position when the head is neutral. Imagine plates being raised on a suit of armour before allowing articulation, and that’s basically what I’m trying to do.
I need to know how to set up a control rig so that when the robot is looking upwards, all of the plates are fully raised and slid back, and when it is looking straight ahead, they remain closed. I also need to know how to make the panels raise one at a time, front to back - meaning that the rearmost panels remain closed until the panel in front has reached it’s fully open position. Preferably, the control rig will be a simple slider that controls the entire mechanism, where at 0% all panels are closed, and at 100%, they are fully raised.
Lastly, to make sure this point is understood, the panels raise first before sliding back. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is two animations rather than one, but again, this needs to be done in sequence:
Front panel raises, THEN slides back to full position. Middle panel senses that front panel has reached full position, THEN raises, THEN slides back into full position. Rear panel senses that middle panel has reached full position, THEN raises, THEN slides back into full position.
So, in brief, the question is how do you make a control rig - a simple slider - that will raise a series of three panels IN SEQUENCE as the slider goes from 0 to 100.
Thank you very much for any replies. Take care!