Model, XPresso Preset


Architecture, Building, Truss


Rodrigo Ortega

Truss v.1

Customizable truss.

Supported C4D releases: R13
Required C4D modules: Mograph
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Discussion about this product

  1. Reply
    Troy on October 31, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Hi I was trying to install your truss v.1 plug in to C4D 14. It does not show up. Is it compatible?

    Thanks so much any info would help


  2. Reply
    Gregory Ortiz on July 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Hey! Im a popular tutorialist on YouTube. I was wondering if i could share this amazing plugin with my subscribers! Over 19K people are subbed, and this plugin could blow up!

    • Rodrigo on July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Gregory. Thanks for the interest. Please, be my guest to share this tool with your subscribers. I only ask you to give the proper credit and direct the download to

  3. Reply
    Yonny on January 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Rodrigo, thank you so much,I really appreciate you putting your work out there!!! I’ve trying to use the spline wrap after watching your youtube video, it just doesn’t work. It breaks all the parts. I’ve messing with all the possible parameters, do you think I could send you the file or a screenshoot for you to have a look? thank you so much in advance!! this is just what i was needing!!

  4. Reply
    chase on November 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Hi and thanx for the Truss plug-in.

    I tried using it and I was wondering if there was a way to scale the screws down. At a certain point they stop scaling down and stick out like a sore thumb. As well is there a way to delete them entirely?

    Second question is- is there a way to make a triangle truss with your plugin? I thought I saw you create one but in relooking at the video I guess you didn’t.

    Lastly and the real reason I’m here is I tried using it as stated in R13 Studio. Merging it put a lock tag on it. Which I deleted. But when trying to use the verticle swith it broke apart (the truss in the view port)

    Rotating it – i couldn’t do. As deleting the xpresso tag deleted atributes assigned to various parts, Ie screws lost material tags etc.

    tried using a null to rotate and again it just went all wacky when rotating it and fell apart. best way to describe it.

    any help or suggestions on these things – issues?


    • Rodrigo Ortega on November 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Chase, thanks for your comment :)
      There is a problem with scaling and rotating this preset, I’m really sorry for that.
      What you can do is to adjust all the settings to the look you want and then select the “Truss Control”, right click and use the “Current State to Object”, OR simply delete the xpresso tag, this is the best way to do this, since you keep the Cloners and original objects.
      For the screw adjustment, the objects are not visible in the objects manager. To unhide them, go to layers and turn on the “M” (Manager) icon, OR just select the “Objects” layer and delete it. Now in the Objects Manager, look for the “Screw” polygon object, and adjust it’s size selecting all the polygons (polygon mode) and scaling it. To delete the entirely, you can delete the “Screw” object, or the parent “Screw Cloner Height”, or just turn the visibility off in editor and renderer.

      By triangle truss do you mean a triangle instead of an “X”? If that is what you mean, then no. If mean do a shape of a triangle with the truss, you can use the Spline Wrap modifier to conform it to a triangle spline.

      As for the issue you are having in R13, I think I didn’t get it. It came with a protection tag in it?

  5. Reply
    Florian on October 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm


    thanks for your awesome plugin. I was wondering if there is a way to create an editable mesh from the truss that xpresso generated?

    That way i could rotate the truss in every way without having to worry about that “vertical” bug?


    • Rodrigo Ortega on October 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Florian! Thanks for your comment.
      You can make it editable but then you won’t be able to adjust the truss’ settings.
      What you can do is to define all the settings, such as count, size, bend and after that make it editable; or… just delete the xpresso tag.
      Another workaround is to use Spline Wrap.
      I’ll do a screen recording now to demonstrate that.

    • Rodrigo Ortega on October 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Take a look here:

    • Florian on November 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks a ton for the video! I’ll be sure to send you some of the stuff i used it on if you like. Keept up the good work..

  6. Reply
    John on May 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for giving away all your hard earned work. I for one appreciate the effort and result! Keep this up you will go far!

  7. Reply
    Oscar Dominguez on January 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I want to show you what I have used your truss plugin for…

    I did not remember where i had downloaded the plugin from but I finally found the source….. thank you very much.

    Have a good day

    • Rodrigo Ortega on January 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Oscar! Thanks for sharing your work! I’m glad I could help.
      Nice work by the way!

  8. Reply
    Hassam Tariq on September 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome !works smoothly with spline wrap,Thank you sooo much !
    But when i go above 30 or 40 viewport takes forever to redraw ! On workstation, will xrefs works ? i havent used xrefs before will they reflect in the environment and so,
    Sory for the bad English, Hope you understand :)
    Well Thank you again for this awesome tool! :)

  9. Reply
    Nehale on April 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi create script but i wanted to know if its possible to control the resolution of the trusses because the moment you have a lot of them the pc becomes to be slower and slower

  10. Reply
    Nicholas Militello on March 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    You said you can’t rotate manually. But is there a way within the expresso tag?

  11. Reply
    Sam on March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Rodrigo,

    but if i remove the protection tag and uncheck the vertical button the stucture breaks.

    I´m not an c4d expert. Isn´t there a way to give the object a subspace/ own coordinate system?

    • Rodrigo Ortega on March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Sam, I’m really sorry it didn’t work.

      Did you try to press “A” to update the viewport?
      That “delete tag” workaround really worked for me… but let me do this: I will update the file without the protection tag so you can download it again. But I’ll be able to do that just tomorrow.

      As for your suggestion, I’ll try to fix this issue with rotation and scale as soon as possible.

  12. Reply
    Gavin Morrissey on February 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hey Rodrigo,

    Awesome little C4D plugin. Question: how the heck do I lay it over on it’s side, or rotate it while keeping the structure? I noticed you keep clicking the “Vertical” button to lay it over but whenever I click it, it just breaks the truss a parts into pieces. And digging into the Protection Tage seems to just break it. I’m on R13.

    And advice would be most helpful. I would love to use it.


    • Rodrigo Ortega on February 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Gavin!

      I’m sorry for that! I put a protection tag because if you try to rotate or scale, it will break the structure, but this protection tag is messing with the “vertical” button… my mistake.
      Please delete the protection tag and the “vertical” button should work.
      But please remember that you can’t rotate the structure manually.

      Once again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Rodrigo Ortega on February 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      If you press the vertical button and the structure still messed up, hit the “A” button on your keyboard to update the viewport.

    • Sam on February 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      i don´t get it.
      I deleted the protection tag.
      If i rotate the structure breaks.
      How can i rotate the object?

    • Rodrigo Ortega on February 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Use the “vertical” button.

      Unfortunately it only has two positions: vertical and horizontal. You can’t rotate or scale it, if you do it will break apart.

      This is an issue due to the way it was constructed, based on the point mode. I will work to fix that in the future.

    • Ginz on May 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hi guys played with it a little and I found that you can rotate it with no problems after baking it…just thought you would like to know.
      And thank you Rodrigo!

  13. Reply
    Frank Busch on February 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks a lot… Good job. I really like it.

  14. Reply
    shusheng on February 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I like it,THx

  15. Reply
    Alejandro Enguilo on February 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Woow ¡¡
    Thanks you so much.

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