Defined in include/extensions/PxJointLimit.h

Inheritance Relationships

Base Type

class PxJointLinearLimit : public PxJointLimitParameters

Describes a one-sided linear limit.

Public Functions

inline PxJointLinearLimit(const PxTolerancesScale &scale, PxReal extent, PxReal contactDist_deprecated = -1.0f)

construct a linear hard limit

  • scale[in] A PxTolerancesScale struct. Should be the same as used when creating the PxPhysics object.

  • extent[in] The extent of the limit

  • contactDist_deprecated[in] The distance from the limit at which it becomes active. Default is 0.01f scaled by the tolerance length scale. This is deprecated in PhysX 5.1.

inline PxJointLinearLimit(PxReal extent, const PxSpring &spring)

construct a linear soft limit

  • extent[in] the extent of the limit

  • spring[in] the stiffness and damping parameters for the limit spring

inline bool isValid() const

Returns true if the limit is valid.


true if the current settings are valid

inline bool isSoft() const

Public Members

PxReal value

the extent of the limit.

Range: (0, PX_MAX_F32) Default: PX_MAX_F32

PxReal restitution

Controls the amount of bounce when the joint hits a limit.

A restitution value of 1.0 causes the joint to bounce back with the velocity which it hit the limit. A value of zero causes the joint to stop dead.

In situations where the joint has many locked DOFs (e.g. 5) the restitution may not be applied correctly. This is due to a limitation in the solver which causes the restitution velocity to become zero as the solver enforces constraints on the other DOFs.

This limitation applies to both angular and linear limits, however it is generally most apparent with limited angular DOFs. Disabling joint projection and increasing the solver iteration count may improve this behavior to some extent.

Also, combining soft joint limits with joint drives driving against those limits may affect stability.

Range: [0,1]Default: 0.0

PxReal bounceThreshold

determines the minimum impact velocity which will cause the joint to bounce

PxReal stiffness

if greater than zero, the limit is soft, i.e.

a spring pulls the joint back to the limit

Range: [0, PX_MAX_F32)Default: 0.0

PxReal damping

if spring is greater than zero, this is the damping of the limit spring

Range: [0, PX_MAX_F32)Default: 0.0

PxReal contactDistance_deprecated

The distance inside the limit value at which the limit will be considered to be active by the solver.

As this value is made larger, the limit becomes active more quickly. It thus becomes less likely to violate the extents of the limit, but more expensive.

The contact distance should be less than the limit angle or distance, and in the case of a pair limit, less than half the distance between the upper and lower bounds. Exceeding this value will result in the limit being active all the time.

Making this value too small can result in jitter around the limit.

Default: depends on the joint


This is deprecated in PhysX 5.1