Still feels a newbie with blender, so I have also dummy question. But while looking for the solutions, it looks that I'm not the only one. I'm trying to follow Ray Mairlot's You tube: Blender Tutorial: Laser Cutting Text Effect.

At 4:30 he adds the "Stretch to" constraint, and hit the same problem than many others. The object turn to away from the source object. See my simplified example:

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Like on the other solutions, he rotate the object to -90 and bang! it is in correct position.

The answer I'm looking for is, what is actually causing this? Why rotation of the object should fix a problem? I mean, what is the error in a first place we all made to cause this?

And yes, I did not manage to get this fixed :D No matter how much I rotate it, it never follow the object. Some proposed to use "Copy rotation" constraint as well, but that was not helpful.

regards Pepi


It looks like the Stretch constraint uses the object's Y axis as the one that points to the Target (and deforms the object). So if your object's Y axis already points towards the target it won't rotate, but if the Y axis is 90°, the object will rotate 90°. So, depending on how your object is oriented, you may need to correct its orientation.

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  • $\begingroup$ big thanks for this. Strange limitation, but need to learn to rotate the object before start stretching. $\endgroup$ – Pepi Aug 30 '19 at 20:21

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