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how to show sheetmetal plate flexing

Question asked by Andrew Emmert on Mar 5, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 6, 2009 by Gerald Davis

I'm working on an animation for a tool design. part of this tool is a sheet metal plate which is affixed to the body of the tool at the center of the plate, but is connected to two moving rods on either end, I'd like to animate the rods moving up and down, and the metal plate forming a nice even arc as a reaction to the rod's positions.
I've played with the deform tools, and I think that I would have to create a number of configurations and show each of them in sequence, but I'm wondering if there's an easier way to accomplish this. Anybody have any ideas on what I could try, or am I just out of luck?