Course info
November 3, 2016
2h 30m

Creating an animation of red blood cells is one of the most common problems a medical animator is presented with. In this course, Animating Blood Flow in Maya, you will be taught the scientific basics about how red blood cells move through vessels and shown how to replicate this in Autodesk Maya. First, you will be presented with basic information about the physics of blood cells, arteries, and veins. Next, you'll be shown how to create nParticles in Maya that behave and look like red blood cells. Finally, you'll be shown how to make these cells interact with their surroundings, the blood vessels. When you're finished with this Maya course, you'll not only know the basics of red blood cell animation, but also be taught how to replicate their real-world environment. Software required: Autodesk Maya.

About the author
About the author

Alex is an animator who works mainly within the medical field. He is a professional medical illustrator and the founder of Axoneme Studios. His constant goal is to give visual form to interesting scientific topics that otherwise would be misunderstood or assumed to be boring.


Hi everyone, my name is Alex Beerhorst and welcome to my course, Animating Blood Flow in Maya.

I am the Creative Director and Lead Animator at Axoneme Studios.

The flow of blood cells through a vessel is a subject I’ve animated many times throughout my career as a medical animator, so I think it’s important to learn how to do if that field interests you.

In this course, I’ll show you how to animate the realistic movement of red blood cells. If you know the basics of Autodesk Maya, for instance, where menus are, how to set a keyframe and other fundamental skills, you’ll be able to follow along easily.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include will include:

  • The basics of blood flow dynamics
  • How to create and direct red blood cells through blood vessels
  • How to make arteries and veins move realistically and how to make red blood cells interact with them
By the end of this course, you’ll know the basics of red blood cell movement and how torecreate this, using Maya.I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn blood cell animation with Animating Blood Flow in Maya, at Pluralsight.