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Unreal Engine Physics Essentials

By : Devin Sherry, Vladimir Alyamkin, Katax Emperore
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Unreal Engine Physics Essentials

By: Devin Sherry, Vladimir Alyamkin, Katax Emperore

Overview of this book

This book gives readers practical insight into the mathematical and physics principles necessary to properly implement physics within Unreal Engine 4. Discover how to manipulate physics within Unreal Engine 4 by learning basic real-world mathematical and physics concepts that assist in the implementation of physics-based objects in your game world. Then, you'll be introduced to PhAT (Physics Asset Tool) within Unreal Engine 4 to learn more about developing game physics objects for your game world. Next, dive into Unreal Engine 4’s collision generation, physical materials, blueprints, constraints, and more to get hands-on experience with the tools provided by Epic to create real-world physics in Unreal Engine 4. Lastly, you will create a working Vehicle Blueprint that uses all the concepts covered in this book, as well as covering advanced physics-based topics.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Unreal Engine Physics Essentials
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Physics Bodies – an overview

When it comes to creating Physics Bodies, there are multiple ways to go about it (most of which we have covered up to this point), so we will not go into much detail about the creation of Physics Bodies. We can have Static Meshes react as Physics Bodies by checking the Simulate Physics property of the asset when it is placed in our level:

We can also create Physics Bodies by creating Physics Assets and Skeletal Meshes, which automatically have the properties of physics by default. Lastly, Shape Components in blueprints, such as spheres, boxes, and capsules will automatically gain the properties of a Physics Body if they are set for any sort of collision, overlap, or other physics simulation events. As always, remember to ensure that our asset has a collision applied to it before attempting to simulate physics or establish Physics Bodies, otherwise the simulation will not work.

When you work with the properties of Physics on Static Meshes or any other assets that...