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I want to create an object than only moves along the the X and Z axes, while keeping the Y-axis disabled (it's like movement in 2D, and the object wont fall down).

I'm currently using a 6 dof constraint to restrict movement in the Y-axis, but it's not working:

btRigidBody* zeroBody = new btRigidBody(0, NULL, NULL); // Create the body that we attach things to
btRigidBody* robot = mCarChassis->getBulletRigidBody();

btGeneric6DofConstraint* constrict = new btGeneric6DofConstraint(*robot, *zeroBody, btTransform::getIdentity(), btTransform::getIdentity(), false);

constrict->setLinearLowerLimit( btVector3( 1, 1, 1));
constrict->setLinearUpperLimit( btVector3(-1, 1,-1));

constrict->setAngularLowerLimit( btVector3( 1,  1,  1) );
constrict->setAngularUpperLimit( btVector3(-1, -1, -1) );



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Maybe this will help:…, perhaps also set the Lower/Upper limits for the Y-axis to 0, instead of 1. – dcousens Jan 12 '12 at 23:20

The preferred way to achieve this in Bullet is to set the linear factor and possibly the angular factor for the body in question. This method is presented as a Code Snippet at the Bullet Wiki page.

In order to allow movement along only the Y-axis, you would use something like this:


If you additionally wish to disable rotation around any particular axis, you use the same procedure, but using the setAngularFactor function instead.

In this simple example video I have used the following two calls in order to disable movement along the Y-axis and to allow rotation around only the Y-axis. This effectively forces the body to remain in the XZ-plane in which it was initially created.

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One way to do this is to create a physics tick callback. This will be called every time bullet ticks internally. In this call back you can set the Y velocity to 0, effectively disabling Y movement. It would look something like this:

void myTickCallback(const btDynamicsWorld *world, btScalar timeStep) {
    //robotBody is the btRigidBody you want to constrain the movement of
    btVector3 velocity = robotBody->getLinearVelocity();
    robotBody->setLinearVelocity(velocity.x, 0, velocity.z);

You can read more about simulation tick callbacks here.

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Thank you! This is a great answer, since it also applies to the java port of JBullet as well (unlike the other answer). – joehot200 May 14 '15 at 10:41

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