How to Create a Joint-Based Tire Rig in Maya

Antony Ward shows an approach to creating a joint-based tire rig that can flatten under weight.

Typically, an easy way to rig an automobile tire so that it flattens under pressure is by using a deformer such as a lattice. Antony Ward (antCGi) shows how you can create a more flexible rig for a car tire by adopting a joint-based system.

In the previous tutorial, Ward worked through various options for automating wheel rotation. …so next, I want to demonstrate one approach to simulating tyre pressure,” Ward says.

As an additional bonus, Ward created a script that you can use to speed up the process and enhance your rigs.