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I'm trying to make a curve to behave like in the image, without success :(

I tried to search for an answer but couldn't find. Particles are a bit of out of the question here since I need super-clean and smooth line.

What could be the answer?

Here's the .blend of that image:

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Wow, found a wonderful method.

You see, you can add a curve modifier to a curve, who knew!? :)

  1. I made a CURVE profile to the ground that should be followed
  2. Then I added the CURVE_toothpaste that is the shape of toothpaste coming out of tube and put a curve modifier to it, so that it follows the PROFILE
  3. Then I animated the location of the CURVE_toothpaste
  4. And also animated the location of the toothpaste_squeezer that followed the profile curve (note that the animation happens on the curve, not on the squeezer)

See the .blend for clarification

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.Blend here:

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    $\begingroup$ wow fantastic, now I need to understand lol $\endgroup$ – moonboots Oct 5 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ nice, but the start of your paste follows along, is there a way to avoid that? Like playing with Start and End values? $\endgroup$ – moonboots Oct 5 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ That's a good point - this was enough for my purposes. Hmm.... You could try something with the CURVE_toothpaste shapekeys? If you cram all the points together and animate the shapekey..... ? dunno $\endgroup$ – Manu Järvinen Oct 5 at 21:15
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If you don't want to make it with physics (which is probably the most realistic solution), you could try it with hooks:

  • Create a curve that you subdivide, you need as many vertices as you have bends. Hook each vertex to an empty with CtrlH > Hook to New Object:

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  • Animate the tube, then animate the empties so that they follow and fall on the ground:

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  • If you ever need to make the curve rounder, scale the empty and keyframe again:

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  • $\begingroup$ Wonderful idea! I might give this a go, I probably can backtrack the creation of the toothpasted curve figure I need to make. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Manu Järvinen Oct 5 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ you're welcome, it needs a bit of tweaking to make it look a bit realistic ;) $\endgroup$ – moonboots Oct 5 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ Btw, did you use parent constraint or something so that the empties follow the tube at first but then stick to ground? $\endgroup$ – Manu Järvinen Oct 5 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ no, just put the empty where they are supposed to be at moment M and keyframe, then continue, and bring some corrections if necessary $\endgroup$ – moonboots Oct 5 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, yes, I got it - I shall make some tests, also with the parent constraint now that I mentioned it. But, holy shiet! You can also use curve modifier on a curve.. this will allow some very interesting mechanics, I will post a new test soon :) $\endgroup$ – Manu Järvinen Oct 5 at 18:26
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This was also one partial solution, to keyframe the curve shape key and to have a separate mesh-tube that followed the curve and was animated... backwards. Not a very handy solution unless the toothpaste-tube makes a straight line.

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Flip Fluids [$]

Well yeah I said no particles, but managed to make quite close one with the Flip Fluids test scenario file settings. But you need the commercial Flip Fluids add-on for this to work.

If you just crank the domain's resolution settings higher you get some smooth toothpaste. But this is quite heavy on the computer. If you type more than a couple of letters with this stuff it'll get reeeeeeaaallly slow.

My Flip Fluids version is flip_fluids_addon-1.0.8a_stable_05-mar-2020 and Blender is 2.90.1

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