Is there some way how to instance objects along path/curve without deformation? All forums and questions I've found are related to 2.79 and they are all using dupliframes, however there is no such option in 2.8.

I can't believe that such a basic feature is so hard to do or at least so hard to find.

  • $\begingroup$ What version do you have? Because I see dupliframes in v2.8 from november build $\endgroup$ – Serge L Apr 9 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ I downloaded it one or two weeks ago. I found solution using animation nodes anyway $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Apr 9 at 19:24

It is really easy using animation nodes.

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Here is version with orientations set

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you add an explanation on what those nodes are doing? $\endgroup$ – cegaton Apr 12 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ I believe it will be way easier to understand if you copy the nodes and play with different values. The first picture will make object follow the path, but depending on what you want to achieve, in my case I wanted to place cones on a road I wanted them to be aligned with the road and also be on top of it. So try to disable few of the nodes and you ll see what will happen then $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Apr 16 at 12:00

It is true, Dupliframes are gone for 2.8

Dupliframes have been removed. This was a hack added before there were more powerful features like the array modifier.


As alternative I can suggest using Dupliface(verts) on a Plane with Array modifier along Curve.

  • $\begingroup$ Yea, the thing is I really wanted to make instances, not more real objects, like array modifier does. $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Apr 10 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ Array is only for a plane, actual dupli-object will be a plane's child. AN's Instancer is also creating real object, replicating ALT-D behaviour. $\endgroup$ – Serge L Apr 10 at 11:15
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I know, but plane is real. $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Apr 11 at 11:36
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    $\begingroup$ There are a lot of quirks though, I mean ...first dupliverts are not working with single vert, or at least array modifier doesn't and you cannot hide the original object which sucks. You are still creating real object with array using planes (I know it is a lot less than actual object you want to instance but anyway)...there is really not the best solution to this yet. Animation nodes at least provide great control over everything $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Apr 11 at 12:07

You can export the objects in .obj format to version 2.79 where you have the option to duplicate them, do the duplication and export it again at 2.80. If you press Ctrl + Shift + A the duplicates will be real objects (instances) in case exporting as dupliframes did not work in 2.80.

  • $\begingroup$ Hah, there is difference between instance and object. So doing this would create a whole set of objects, not a single instance. $\endgroup$ – ligazetom Jul 29 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ To transform all objects into real objects, first Shift-Ctrl-A to Make Duplicates Real. All objects are now real objects, but still linked copies. To change this, use U shortcut or Object ‣ Make Single User ‣ Object & Data ‣ All. This I would meant :- ) $\endgroup$ – Manuel Jul 30 at 15:43

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