## Maximum number of multibody links?

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camnelson
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:18 pm

### Maximum number of multibody links?

Does anyone understand this behavior/have any tips? It could well be a rookie mistake.

I have created a sample code that simulates a "string" as a chain of rigid bodies (spheres in this case). I programmatically create links along a profile curve by adding relative position of each link to the last in the array "linkPos". However, when I include more than 125 links, only the first ~125 seem to be registered. No errors are thrown and the simulation runs realistically, but as if the "string" were shortened to 125/n of its intended length of n links. Originally I thought it was a parsing issue with Python because the array was defined explicitly, and all on one line... so way more than the recommended max characters per line. But putting each vector on a new line didn't help. In the example below (should work as is), I made a circular loop of string with up to n=250 links, but it only ever makes 125 (a half circle). You can play with the value of n; if it's less than 125 you see a corresponding shortening of the arc, but if it's greater than or equal to 125, it maxes out at the half circle.

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``````import pybullet as p
import time
import math

p.connect(p.GUI, options='--background_color_red=1.0 --background_color_green=1.0 --background_color_blue=1.0')
p.configureDebugVisualizer(p.COV_ENABLE_GUI,0)

orientation = [0,0,0,-1]
mass = 0.0

p.GEOM_SPHERE,
p.GEOM_SPHERE,
rgbaColor = [1,1,1,1],
specularColor = [1,1,1,1])

n = 250

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[-0.073474,-0.088,-0.243624],
[-0.077375,-0.092672,-0.240667],
[-0.081227,-0.097285,-0.237557],
[-0.085028,-0.101837,-0.234297],
[-0.088774,-0.106325,-0.230889],
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[-0.158799,-0.190194,0.105377],
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[-0.153261,-0.18356,0.123742],
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[-0.149083,-0.178556,0.1356],
[-0.146852,-0.175884,0.141403],
[-0.144528,-0.173101,0.147117],
[-0.142113,-0.170208,0.152737],
[-0.139608,-0.167208,0.158261],
[-0.137015,-0.164102,0.163685],
[-0.134335,-0.160893,0.169006],
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[-0.125794,-0.150664,0.184314],
[-0.122786,-0.147061,0.189188],
[-0.1197,-0.143365,0.193943],
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[0.134335,0.160893,0.169006],
[0.137015,0.164103,0.163685],
[0.139608,0.167208,0.158261],
[0.142113,0.170208,0.152737],
[0.144527,0.1731,0.147116],
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[0.158799,0.190194,0.105377],
[0.160447,0.192167,0.099117],
[0.161992,0.194018,0.092795],
[0.163436,0.195747,0.086414],
[0.164776,0.197352,0.079978],
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[0.164776,0.197352,-0.079978],
[0.163435,0.195746,-0.086414],
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[0.061504,0.073663,-0.251568],
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[0.053325,0.063868,-0.256072],
[0.049184,0.058908,-0.258082],
[0.045012,0.053911,-0.259929],
[0.040811,0.04888,-0.261611],
[0.036585,0.043818,-0.263129],
[0.032335,0.038728,-0.264481],
[0.028065,0.033614,-0.265665],
[0.023778,0.028479,-0.266682],
[0.019475,0.023325,-0.26753],
[0.01516,0.018157,-0.268209],
[0.010835,0.012978,-0.268718],
[0.006504,0.00779,-0.269058]]
indices = []
jointTypes = []
axis = []

indices.append(i)
jointTypes.append(p.JOINT_FIXED)
axis.append([0,0,0])

indices = indices[:n]
jointTypes = jointTypes[:n]
axis = axis[:n]

p.createMultiBody(
baseMass=mass,
basePosition= [-5.444793, 17.301618, 0],
baseOrientation=orientation,
useMaximalCoordinates=True)

p.setGravity(0, 0, -9.8)
dt = 1./120.
p.setRealTimeSimulation(1)

for i in range(1000000):
p.stepSimulation()
time.sleep(dt)

exit()
``````

Erwin Coumans
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### Re: Maximum number of multibody links?

There is currently a maximum of 128 links (see MAX_DEGREE_OF_FREEDOM)
The intention was for typical robots, which usually have only tens of links.

XavierB
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:22 pm

### Re: Maximum number of multibody links?

Hi,

The URDF file modelling our robot contains 333 links (output of getNumLinks) and thus the robot state won't compute due to:
https://github.com/bulletphysics/bullet ... .cpp#L7093

Locally I am able to change the value of MAX_DEGREE_OF_FREEDOM and it seems to work well in our case but I'd like to know if there is any better way to make it work ? or any known workaround ?

regards