The reference measurements in this guide were originally created for the game Crysis, but are also useful if you are using Crysis-based animations as prototypes, or as a guide for creating new assets.
The ladder measurements are particularly useful if you are using the ladders included in the SDK. For further information on setting up ladders, refer to the Ladders tutorial.
The best way to work in 3dsMax is to set the unit to centimeters you can also adjust the grid and make it more readable while working on an Asset.
There is also a very useful way to get feedback directly from the Engine.
Simply set up a 1x1x1m Designer object and go to the File\Export Selected Objects then in the save as dialog box, make sure to set the file type to *.obj.
Import this *.obj into 3dsMax scene and use it as a size reference to configure the grid & unit scale. Adjust the grid accordingly to match your 1x1x1m cube. Re-export out to test that the setting are correct.
Inside 3dsMax, the unit setup can be found under the menu Customize -> Units Setup.
Whats important here is that you are using the Metric system!
Home Grid settings
Right click the Snaps Toggle area under the menu bar and go to the 3rd Home Grid tab to adjust your grid size. The size and spacing of the grid that you're setting up is only relevant to the size of the object your making. Adjust according to have a comfortable grid that's appropriate to the size of the model your creating. Creating a coin model vs a 2 story house model require a vastly different grid setup!
In this example, a grid spacing of 0.5m, with a major line every 5 units & a grid extension (view distance) of 20.
Maya Unit set up
The best way to work in Maya is to set the unit to centimeters you can also adjust the grid and make it more readable while working on an Asset.
There is also a very useful way to get feedback directly from the Engine. Simple set up a 1*1*1 solid and go to the Menu -> File -> Export Selected Geometry to .OBJ.
Import the created solid to your 3D's scene and use it as a reference.
The unit setup can be found under Window -> Settings/Preferences -> Preferences
In the "General Application Preferences" menu you have to set the Working Units to meter!centimeter or the exporter will post a warning on export! Meter increments can be used but must be shifted back if you wish to have a warning and error free export process.
The pivot for the hinge controls the rotational point in the engine. Move it accordingly.
This is an example of a door in the Sandbox Editor:
Click here for more information on Ladders.