I have a basic rigid body physics sim, but I want to export the last frame of the simulation. So far I have tried setting the "current frame to the last frame of the simulation and exporting it that way, but that doesn't work.

#Select all objects other than the suitcase
bpy.data.objects['Suitcase'].select = False

# store the location of current 3d cursor
saved_location = bpy.context.scene.cursor_location.copy()  # returns a copy of the vector

# give 3dcursor new coordinates
bpy.context.scene.cursor_location = (0.0,0.0,0.0)

# set the origin on the current object to the 3dcursor location

# Randomly place objects in the air    
bpy.ops.object.randomize_transform(random_seed= randint(1,9000), use_delta=False, use_loc=True, loc=(12.0, 8.0, 0.0), use_rot=True, rot=(360.0, 360.0, 360.0), use_scale=False, scale_even=False, scale=(1.0, 1.0, 1.0))

#Runs physics simulation
bpy.context.scene.frame_current += 1

# Define Directory
dir = bpy.path.abspath('//stlexport/')

# Create Directory (If Necessary)
if not os.path.exists(dir): os.makedirs(dir)

# Export STLs
bpy.ops.export_mesh.stl(filepath = dir, batch_mode = 'OBJECT')
  • $\begingroup$ I want to run this out of the command line so I can run a batch file to automate the process multiple times $\endgroup$ – Abhi Kondagunta Jul 2 '18 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ Please provide some details re: script (even if it "doesn't work") and cli call. $\endgroup$ – batFINGER Jul 4 '18 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ This script exports only the location of the objects on the first frame, it doesn't update their position when I change frames $\endgroup$ – Abhi Kondagunta Jul 9 '18 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ AFAIK scene.frame_set sets the current frame and also updates the scene. Does last frame export work from UI? If not add the operator described by @Duarte below before export. $\endgroup$ – batFINGER Jul 9 '18 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ I have tried both, suggestions and neither exports the last frame of the animation. Would I need to bake the animation through the command line as well? PS: I have no idea what baking accomplishes, I am very new to blender animation $\endgroup$ – Abhi Kondagunta Jul 9 '18 at 14:33

Bake the point cache

Using same method as with particles here CLI How to render last frame of hair dynamics sym?

Replace "runs physics simulation" with a bake operator below. Not sure if playing, or frame setting, and baking happen in bg mode as they do when using GUI.


import bpy
context = bpy.context

scene = context.scene
rbw = scene.rigidbody_world
pc = rbw.point_cache

# match bake to animation
print(pc.frame_start, pc.frame_end)

bpy.ops.ptcache.bake({"point_cache": pc}, bake=True)


Testing in CLI with

blender -b xxx.blend -P rbw.py

can confirm test.obj is a result of simple physics sim at 250.


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