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ThinkingParticles Proximal Displacement

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Greetings all,

 

I've been playing around with deforming a geo surface with ThinkingParticles coupled with the Proximal shader in the Displacer object. It's working ok  for the most part, but a finer point is alluding me  a little - namely that a portion of the particles are not sticking properly to the surface.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5tzeqmsfe7ckxbo/proximal-shader-particles-events_v03.c4d?dl=0

 

In the linked scene above, there's a hero Sphere who's surface is being deformed by the particles that land on it, by way of a TP Deflector node (using said Sphere as deflector geometry) and a Displacer object using a Proximal shader with the TP Particles as  proximal's reference. This works well in general, but as the displacement accumulates as more particles hit the surface, some of those particles escape, or rather break past the mesh after they've stuck to it for a frame or 2. I'd guess this has to do with a threshold normal angle of whatever polygon each particle is hitting.  I appended a PFreeze node off of the Event output on the PDeflector node, but this doesn't quite do the trick. I'm presuming what this should do is bring any particle's position to a halt at the exact frame it reaches the deflector surface, but perhaps this is incorrect?

 

 

 

Edited by pfistar
Original post was much longer and addressing more than one specific problem. I assume I may get more response from folks by pairing down the question.

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