the Skeleton Rig

The aim was to create a rig that was as easy to animate as possible but still give as much control as possible.  In my opinion - for the amount of control you have, this is probably the easiest rig to animate with in 3ds max.

Rig features:
  • Full IK/FK blending on the arms and legs.
  • Simple yet extremely versatile spine and head setups.
  • Squash and stretch parameters on all parts of the body.
  • Curved limb parameters.
  • Twisting and volume preserving bones on all limbs.
  • Soft IK extensions on all limbs to reduce popping.
  • IK/FK snappping tools.
  • Auto-hiding IK/FK limb controls.
  • Finger controls with preset poses.
  • Character pipeline tools for adding extra objects, defining a prefix, assuming skin pose, selecting all and deleting all rig objects.
Resizing script features:
  • Full resizing of all rig parts to fit any bipedal character.
  • Twist joint number options for smoother deformation twisting.
  • Loading and saving of rig dimensions.
  • Script for saving dimensions from older skeleton rig versions.

A full list of additions and fixes can be found in the version history.

Note: The rig requires Paul Neale's attribute holder script for the fingers.

A HUGE thank you goes out to Grant Adam for writing the Virtual Segment plugin that makes the curved limbs and spine and neck setups all possible.

Very special thanks also goes to Nexus Productions for supporting the development of version 2.73 so as to be compatible with 3ds max 2010 onwards.  This company have been intrinsic to the development of the rig and many of its talented employees have championed its use.  I've been amazed with the fantastic work they've created and a particular highlight would be its use on the 2010 Academy Award nominated short film, This Way Up.

Download Skeleton Rig 2.73 for:

3ds max 2013: (32-bit) (64-bit)
3ds max 2012: (32-bit) (64-bit)
3ds max 2010: (32-bit) (64-bit)
3ds max 2009: (32-bit) (64-bit)
3ds max 9/2008: (32-bit) (64-bit)

Last update: Cinco de Mayo 2011

Version history


Resizing script information:

After devoting my time and experience to this rig I had only received one donation of $10 for the years of work that had gone into it.

Unfortunately, I found I couldn't devote myself to this project for free any longer.

Skeleton Rig 2.73 was a significant upgrade from the previous version 2.57 and I thought about various ways I could receive some sort of financial benefit from all the work that's gone into it including charging for the whole package with software licenses and/or dongles.  In the end however, I thought I would just put my faith in the users who have benefitted from this rig for so long.

I am keeping the rig free to use for any purpose, but I have to now charge for the resizing script.

To receive the Skeleton Rig resizing script version 2.73 please submit a donation of $50 Australian dollars (AUD) using the paypal donate button below.  An e-mail will be automatically sent notifying me of your donation which will contain your name and e-mail address.  I will then e-mail you your own personal version of the resizing script along with a heartfelt thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via my e-mail address: chinwagon@hotmail.com


Version 2.x Demonstration videos:




Curving limbs