Implementing a scissor model using constraints

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Implementing a scissor model using constraints

Post by jhasketan » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:42 am

Dear All,

I am building a surgery scissor simulator. I have implemented a scissor using bullet physics. Basically this scissor is consist of 4 meshes 1) base, 2) connector, 3) left tip and 4) right tip. Scissor can move left or right or top or bottom. Also both tip can open and close. So, I have a hinge constraint between base and connector and implemented two other hinge constraints(using generic6DOFConstraints) between left tip and connector, right tip and connector. I am manipulating scissor tip position using a touch 3D device and constraint shall apply inverse kinematics to move to position. All meshes dynamic rigid body. My problem is when I move the tip slowly it is somewhat working but when I move tip very fast, constraints and rigid bodies are falling apart. Both code and video are attached. I checked RoggDoll implementation and my implementation is very similar. But don't know why it is not behaving same. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Implementing a scissor model using constraints

Post by drleviathan » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:19 pm

First thing to try would be to use smaller substeps. Your code does this:

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    _bWorld->stepSimulation(_timeline.previousFrameDuration(), 1);
Which uses the default substep duration: one 1/60th of a second, and you only take one substep per step. What I would recommend is to try this:

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    const btScalar substepFrequency = 240.0;
    const btScalar substepDuration = 1.0 / substepFrequency;
    const btScalar expectedMaximumFrameDuration = 0.05; // 20Hz
    const int32_t maxSubsteps = (int32_t)(expectedMaximumFrameDuration / substepDuration);
    _bWorld->stepSimulation(_timeline.previousFrameDuration(), maxSubsteps, substepDuration);
Play around with the substepFrequency to see how that changes the accuracy of the constraint solver. Note: there have been reports of misbehaviour when the substeps get too small (~ 0.001 sec) but I have not tried it.

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