Soft bodies

When creating small projects for my 2012 reel, I asked myself what would be cool to see, that would be “impossible” in real life.
And I though about a good classic brainstorming word: contrast.
Seeing unbendable, rock hard things become gummy and inflatable like, would have been cool, also I wanted to give Cinema 4D soft bodies a go in a long time.
One does not simply pick a complex 3D model and apply a soft body tag on it.
Indeed, my first tests with the soft body tag were a disaster: the model was collapsing on itself, the processing was so slow sometimes the CPU would freeze and part of the model were compenetrating.
Luckily Cinema 4D has an intelligent solution called mesh deformer.

This simply uses another object as a cage for your main object, the best thing is you can use it for whatever you want, but in my case I wanted to apply a soft body tag to the cage and use the deformer on the main object.
Having a cage made of few polygons, helps the simulation and the calculations for the CPU, keeps the collisions more realistics and makes the model more solid.

I don’t own any right for the models, I just found them on some free 3D models websites.
Music is Second place by Earsmack:


  1. The final effect is simply amazing! You should make a giant Panda and then apply this soft thing on it ! :D

    • Ricky (Author)

      Hah! :D nice idea mate and thank you!

  2. That’s brilliant – thanks Riccardo!
    I had forgotten all about the mesh deformer.
    It might solve a problem I’ve got right now :)

    • Ricky (Author)

      I’m glad I can somehow repay you, for all your great hints on C4D!
      I want to see what you come up with, then!

  3. great! thanks Riccardo

  4. Awesome, thanks for that, Ricky!

  5. Ricky (Author)

    you’re welcome!!!

  6. Wow, that was a good idea! Good way to show a technique in Cinema 4D, that should be used more! :)

  7. Simone

    wow! bellissimo!

  8. Noobie

    I know this takes few minutes, but can you make a tutorial…cant get the damn thing to work.

  9. vijay

    pls, tutorial??????????

    • Johan has a tutorial for this. Inspired by the rocketpanda.

  10. Tutorial pls???????????????????

  11. Ricky (Author)

    LOL! I must, I know :)

  12. Käpt'n Particle
  13. thank you!!
    hopefully this will keep c4d from crashing on me!

  14. S Equities Realty, a neighbor, relative unlicensed contractors or perhaps a more natural
    fit than the other theaters he worked for!

    Here is my webpage: website [Kristofer]

Leave a Comment