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I'm trying to get a 'rigged' mechanical arm to move in 2 certain directions:

Screenshot

Some other objects in my Blend-file are able to go in a certain direction using transform constraints.

But this won't work for the 'thing' I'm trying to achieve now (the blue object should not rotate):

Schematic

The reason I want it to be locked is because I'm using a rigging menu made out of limited location constraints:

Rigging Menu

The 'Red line in the middle' doesn't have to be there necessarily. I used it to explain it easier.

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If i understand correctly, what you want to do in the picture with the U-shaped path can be achieved with a "Clamp to" constraint. (If you are familiar with drivers, then first see the EDIT below!!!) For this you clamp your Object that has to follow a curve-Object. The follower Object should then only be translatable along that set Path. Of course you could then have some other constraint move that path around if you want ;)

The result should look something like this:enter image description here

And here an example for using additional constraints on the curve, where the curve copies the z-location of the blue cube: enter image description here

To do make the red cube go along the full path when the blue cube is moved you can use drivers. By the clamp to constraint the red object moves along the entire path only by manual transform alon the x-axis. So you could add a driver (rightclick-> add driver) to the the x-Location of the red cube and make the "input variable" the z-location of the blue cube. Then the result looks like this:enter image description here

EDIT: If you want to move that curve around in all directions, then the "follow path" constraint is much more stable. Just make a driver on the Offset, make the input variable whatever you want and you're done!

Happy Blending!

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  • $\begingroup$ The other constraints you mentioned, which ones would you suggest because I can't figure out how to move it around? $\endgroup$ – Kenzy Vergauwen Jul 8 '19 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ I added an example to my answer. Is this what you meant? $\endgroup$ – Robert Roth Jul 8 '19 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ Not exactly. I don't know if it is possible, but I'd like to have the object follow the entire curve (as in your first image) by only moving the controller up. (See my 3th image) In other words have the object go from the Start to the Finish: right > up > left. $\endgroup$ – Kenzy Vergauwen Jul 8 '19 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure which object you call controller... Although what you describe in text sounds like you could use a "driver" to control the position on the curve by somehow moving an object... $\endgroup$ – Robert Roth Jul 8 '19 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I will look further into this method. $\endgroup$ – Kenzy Vergauwen Jul 8 '19 at 17:56

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