Introduction to Molecular Maya Rigging Kit

Molecular Maya’s (mMaya) Rigging kit automates the modeling, rigging, simulation and visualization of macromolecules. A rig is a virtual skeleton that controls the range of dynamic motion of a 3D model. In the case of macromolecules like proteins, this can be an incredibly challenging task. This course will provide an introduction to the Rigging kit’s basic functionalities and we’ll begin with our single-click rig creation process as well as the different levels of detail you can create in a molecular rig – from all-atom to more coarse-grained rigs. We will create custom selections to define subdomains of your model and use those to create handles that help steer the simulation. We will look at elastic networks as a means to control the secondary structure of your protein, as well as several options for creating complex molecular morphs. Finally we will also look at the ability to save conformational poses of your molecule as well as how to cache your simulation for smoother playback and in preparation for rendering. This course will let you to take full advantage of mMaya’s Rigging kit and reveal its unique advantages in production.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of the functionalities of the mMaya Rigging Kit
  • Learn how to change molecular representations of your rigged models
  • Create sub-domain selections to drive the creation of rig handles that help steer your molecular simulation
  • Apply elastic networks to control how your model maintains secondary structure
  • Use different targeting methods to morph your protein
  • Gain an understanding for the production challenges that the kit can help with