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Poly Table and Chair 


Select the Modeling section of Maya,  choose from upper left, status line.

Click the persp view, then hit the spacebar with your mouse over the center of the screen, this is a shortcut to display four views and this displays the Hot Box, if you hit the spacebar again it will display one view, the view the mouse was last over.

Make sure the Select by Object Type button sobject.jpg  is selected in the status line near the top. This lets you Select objects, rather than points etc.

Choose Create->Polygon Primitives->Cube  A cube will appear at the origin.

Display the Channel Editor
If you do not see the channel box, hit the channel button upper right side of the screen, and select Channel Box/Layer Editor from along the right edge.

Select the Scale Tool button from the side tool box. 
Change the size of the cube or use the Channel box on the right side of the screen and input:  mscale.jpg
     Scale X   4
     Scale Y   4
     Scale Z   4

Select the cube, use the channel box on the right side of the screen and input:
     Translate Y  2

Turn off the preference for the orientation Handle, if you did not do this before.
     Select Windows->Setting/Preferences->Preferences
     Select the Manipulators section
     Uncheck Orientation Handle
This gets in the way of the Pivot Handle. The orientation Handle is good for rotating the pivot center. You will not need this tool very often.

Set the pivot center
Select the Move Tool button from the side tool box. mmove.jpg 
Press the d key, this will toggle over to change pivot mode.

While holding down the d and x key for grid snap, (d for pivot) click and drag on the manipulator's green line to move the pivot vertically to the lower edge of the cube.


Select the cube, choose Edit->Duplicate Special->option.jpg    (Open the dialog window.)
     Select Edit->Reset Settings to put the tool back to default, this works on all tool options.
     Input   Scale   1.5   .9  .8       
     Translate and Rotate should be 0  0  0

Select the 2nd cube, choose Edit->Duplicate
Look at the Channel box to the right, Rotate  90 in Y

Select the 1st cube, hold Shift and select one of the copied cubes.
Select Mesh->Booleans->Difference

Repeat this again for the other side. You should have a 4 legged table.


Tablecloth with nCloth dynamics
Select the table
Choose Edit->Delete by Type->History.

Make a tablecloth out of a poly plane place above the table.
Create->Polygon Primitive->Plane->option.jpg
     Width and Height 6, 6
     Width and Height Divisions 50, 50

Place the cloth about 3 units above the table in the Y Axis.

Switch over to the FX section, choose from upper left, status line.

Select the table
Choose nCloth->Create Passive Collider

Select the tablecloth
Choose nCloth->Create nCloth

Right mouse over the timeline to bring up the mini-menu
     select Playback Speed->Play Every Frame, Free
This insures the calculation is made at every frame.

Play the animation.
Hit the play arrow on the time slider. timesliderplay.jpg

Use the simulation to model
Run you simulation again, stop it when you like the shape of the cloth.

Select the tablecloth
Choose Edit->Duplicate
The copy will not have any dynamics

Move the timeline over to frame 1 at the bottom of the screen.

You can delete the original animated dynamic cloth

Unity and nCloth
If you bring any nCloth poly into Unity do this:
File->Duplicate the nCloth shape, Delete the original
Run File->Optimize Scene Size->option.jpg
     Select Remove: Unknown nodes
     Click Optimize

Switch over to the Modeling section of Maya,  choose from upper left, status line.

Create a Poly cube for the chair base.
It is easier if you move the poly to .5 in Y, set the pivot center, then scale.
Scale and Rotate a couple Cubes to cut the legs.

Cut the legs

Select the chair base, use Mesh Tools->Multi-Cut to add an edge across the top face.
     Hold down Shift, hold down the left mouse until you see 80%, click one edge.
     Hold down Shift, hold down the left mouse until you see 20%  and click the other edge.

Select the Select manipulator tool over to the left to turn off Multi-Cut.  select_manipulator
Right mouse over the smaller half of the top surface of the chair.
     A Marking Menu will appear, select Face
     Click the face to select it, it will turn peach colored.

Select Edit Mesh->Extrude
     Drag the blue arrow up
Select the Select manipulator tool over to the left to turn off Extrude.  select_manipulator