Daniel Peter shows how to leverage Python to create a trail in Maya.
Check out this tutorial on creating a light trail behind an animated object in Autodesk Maya that uses a bit of Python scripting. There are more than a few ways to make a geometry trail in Maya, with MASH, or Bifrost, using the path animation tools, or even using MEL. Peter’s tutorial shows a method using Python.
“In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Tron like light trail in Autodesk Maya by using Python,” Peter notes that you can use this method for any vehicle or object you like. While the video isn’t a step by step tutorial, it should give you an idea of how practical the use of Python code can be within Maya.