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I'm wondering if something like this is possible to make in Blender:

This animation I found on Dribble looks really amazing. The person who made it says it is done on Cinema 4D.

It looks like a string starting with a circular shape, then it is being twisted into a sphere with equal spacing in between. The sphere is then rotated and finally returning to its original circular shape.

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Yes.

There are probably multiple ways of doing this, but one way is to use a circle with a simple deform modifier set to twist, and using an empty as the twist origin:

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By animating the rotation of both the circle and the empty, you can make it twist around, and by animating the deform angle, you can control the amount of twisting.

Result: (click for better quality)

Example .blend

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I didn't know there is a simple deform modifier and so I tried it right away in Blender. It generated a result almost identical to the gif! That's awesome, thanks. (You also mentioned there are other ways to achieve this effect. What would be some other methods to do it?) $\endgroup$ – Derek 朕會功夫 Oct 6 '14 at 7:05
  • $\begingroup$ I haven't thought of any that work yet, I just said that as a disclaimer that this is probably not the only way. I'll update the answer if I think of one :) $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Oct 6 '14 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ That's fine I don't really need that many ways just to create one effect anyway. By the way, this is the one I just made using your method, and here's another one I found that's not spinning like crazy. I realized that mine starts off facing up and later the poles are facing horizontally, however in the one I found the circles and the poles are always facing horizontally. I can't seem to recreate that (there's no option to change how it is twisted it seems). $\endgroup$ – Derek 朕會功夫 Oct 6 '14 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ That is controlled by the orientation of the empty. Example .blend: pasteall.org/blend/31918. The amount of twisting is controlled by the angle in the modifier. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Oct 6 '14 at 8:01
  • $\begingroup$ I know it is controlled by the empty, but no matter how it is rotated they just won't face the same direction. $\endgroup$ – Derek 朕會功夫 Oct 6 '14 at 8:08

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