Sunday, March 30, 2014

Havok Physics Engine Tutorial Series: Multiple Bouncing Boxes

OK Now that we know hot to create one box. We will now add multiple boxes and let them fall under gravity and collide with each other.  The InitializeHavok functions remains the same. The changes here are in the AddRigidBodies function, the ShutdownHavok function and the OnRender function. Lets go through each of these one by one.

We create a global vector to store all of our rigid bodies (boxes).

The AddRigidBodies function
The AddRigidBodies function is changed to the following.

The only difference here from the previous SimpleBox demo is that now we reuse the box shape to create several rigid bodies. We alter their positions by using the loop variable. We add the rigid body to the global vector as shown in the code snippet below.

The ShutdownHavok function
This function is changed to the following.

We simply run a loop to remove reference of each rigidbody one by one.

The OnRender function
The only difference in this function is that instead of one box we run a loop to access the ith box rigid body and pass it to DrawBox function as follows.

That's all, the accompanying tutorial code should give you a number of boxes falling under gravity on the grid plane colliding with each other as shown in the following figure.  

You can get the full source code from my github repo

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What's next:
In the next tutorial, I will show you how to pick a rigid body.



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