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My Goal is to animate how a plane can be used to create certain objects using the bend / other modifiers

  1. Plane to Cylinder

animate 1

  1. Cylinder to Torus (note: had to rotate the Empty for this to work)

 animate 2

  1. Torus to Hyperboloid to a Sphere (How can I do this in Blender) Not sure how to use the bend / other modifiers to do this. Here's an animation of what I'm trying to do. https://imgur.com/dQejc2N

I've attached the blend file below

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    $\begingroup$ Hey :). Off-topic, but I just love how the jagged ends line up. Now, that's attention to detail :). $\endgroup$ – Jachym Michal Oct 18 '20 at 7:44
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks but I can't take credit for that adapted a tutorial to fit my needs ;-) youtu.be/udiL9VllksQ?t=111 $\endgroup$ – Rick T Oct 18 '20 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ Not exactly the same, but is it what you want? i.stack.imgur.com/WAYvk.gif $\endgroup$ – lemon Oct 18 '20 at 8:18
  • $\begingroup$ @lemon Yes :-). $\endgroup$ – Rick T Oct 18 '20 at 8:24
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The principle is to use two "simple deform" modifiers:

  • one animated from a circle, bent -360°, (for the torus) to a half circle, bent 180°, for the sphere
  • the second to bend around the previous by 360° to give it the volume (torus or sphere)

The base grid is parallel to front view and centered to avoid the usage of empties in the bend modifiers.

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Though, we also want here to join correctly the uneven grid borders (top to bottom and left to right):

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which means we have to bend more than 360° to join them. And doing so, the mesh won't be a perfect sphere at the end.

So we need to compensate that. This is done with a "cast (to sphere) modifier" centered on an empty placed at the center of the sphere. This modifier is also animated so that its influence is null when the shape is a torus.

That gives us this setting:

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  • Simple deform around X animated from -380° (*) to 180°
  • Simple deform around Z at 369° (*)
  • Cast (to sphere) modifier animated from 0 to 0.5
  • Weld to get ride of duplicate vertices
  • Wireframe

(* these values are tuned to that border overlap correctly and weld modifier works on them)

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