Intersection Detector with Paint Effects in Maya

Paint Effects is still one of the best tools in Maya. A friend of my colleague suggested this really nice method to visualize geometry intersections (intersection between objects and self-intersection as well).

I just put together a simple script for doing this a little bit easier: pfxIntersectionDetector
It’s not Houdini, but it can be really useful if you modeling objects for simulation in Maya.

How to use it:

  • Select an object or objects
  • Run the script
  • There is a Line With and the a Self Intersection attribute on the generated pfxToon transform node for easier adjustments.

note: This could be very slow if you use it on high-resolution objects and you have a lot of intersection.

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