Side FX Houdini is loved by 3D Artists and Technical Directors alike, being one big sandbox with an infinite number of possibilities. Just have a look at an example of how deep the sandbox premise goes in Houdini. Houdini is chock-full of operators and solvers that can be used for some pretty impressive things. Lets say you wanted to fold paper into a paper airplane for example. You can do that!
Frank Engen is a 3D Artist and Compositor at Mainframe, whose latest post shows how you can fold paper to an airplane by using Houdini’s Cloth Solver. I have come across a lot of rigs that allow you to in essence “fake” a paper fold, but this is different. This isn’t so much an animation rig as it is a full-on cloth simulation that is set to fold paper as if it were, well… folding paper! Pretty fun stuff here.