Set up a bike chain rig and animation in Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D’s MoGraph toolset is renowned for its ability to create stunning motion graphics animations quickly and intuitively. What is less well known is that this same toolset can be used to quickly model and animate complex mechanisms and animate them as well. To create an animated bike chain, you can use the MoGraph Cloner Tool to create a bike chain rig driven by the crankset that holds the pedals.

Start by building the bike chain. You only need two parts of the chain to create the whole chain, as long as they create a positive and negative repeating pattern. The great thing about using MoGraph to model is that you can start with quite basic elements, which you can refine after you have created your rig. The rig will be constantly updated in your model by the MoGraph cloning toolset.

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