I made object A where the instances will go, parented object B to it, and activated Instancing on Verts (under Properties > Object Properties).

The instances appear as desired. Then I did 'make instances real' (I get to that by searching). Then I chose all the created instances, and joined them (Ctrl + J). Call that object C.

When I do that, object B becomes the same as object C. It duplicates itself the same way. In fact, if I then go in and edit object C, object B changes in the same way. And vice versa.

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For me, this is the best way to do this. It allows me to export the combined object as a glTF and also keep the template object for later reuse or modification.

  • $\begingroup$ It looks like it is something about object B, the one that is being instanced. I am trying to sanitize it, but so far no luck. I tried copying the object, copying all the faces in edit mode and then separating them into a new object. It has no modifiers now, no constraints. $\endgroup$
    – kim holder
    Feb 14, 2020 at 21:44
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the formatting, @brockmann $\endgroup$
    – kim holder
    Feb 14, 2020 at 22:20

1 Answer 1


It's because all objects use the same Object Data. You need to make it unique before joining.

Select "realed instances" go to Properties Editor > Data Properties and click on a number on the first row. The "active" one (bright orange) become unique, now join them Ctrl+J.

(The number means how many objects in a scene use this data block.)

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