I know this question has been asked before, but no one has properly answered it. I am trying to animate two rigid bodies on a curve to hit each other at a certain point, but upon keying "Animated" tab to off, the involved rigid bodies snap back to a seemingly random position. I have tried various solutions:

  1. Baking both objects to keyframed animations rather than using the curves
  2. Placing the rigidbodies into groups and animating those, only keying the rigidbody animation on and off on the actual physics object
  3. Repeating the same baking process on the group after animating that on the curve
  4. Applying transformations at different points along the animation.

If anyone has had this problem, do you have any solutions? Below is the file https://www.dropbox.com/s/vjmixkwa6j9zg4g/CarExport.blend?dl=0


2 Answers 2


The only way I can get the effect you describe is when the objects are following the path directly.

When the physics is switched on by unticking the Animated box, we'd have two functions wrestling to control the same object and clearly they don't get along.

The usual way around this is to use an empty to follow the path and parent the object to that. The physics will then be free of interference when the Animated box is keyframed off.

If I've misunderstood your query, leave a comment and I'll delete it.

  • $\begingroup$ That seems to have fixed it as well as changing some other settings. In retrospect, I think using a shapekey would have been less of a headache in the end, but this solution is the best result so far. Thank you $\endgroup$
    – agodsy
    Commented Dec 9, 2020 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ I haven't enough info to go on so I'm uncertain as to how shapekeys could do this but what you see in the clip above took very little time to set up. Would the Blend file help to clarify what was done? $\endgroup$
    – Edgel3D
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ No, I got my wires crossed on which question this was. This solution works great, thank you for the help! $\endgroup$
    – agodsy
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 7:16

I know this is an old question, don't know why but somehow I stumbled across it. I just wanted to say contrary to what the other answer says, you can easily do this without having to parent the objects to empties if you want them to move along a curve and then let the Rigid Body Simulation take over.

In the following example I have to Rigid Bodies animated to follow curves. From the moment I want them be simulated I not only switch them from Animated enabled to disabled, I also set the Influence on the Follow Path constraint from 1 to 0.

A normal object would move back to its original position as soon as the influence is 0, but not a Rigid Body. It starts simulating from the location where it is on that frame when it's no longer animated.

Here I have two cuboids moving towards each other on curves, both are Rigid Bodies with Follow Path constraints. On frame #21 they are keyframed to Animated = ON and Influence = 1.

On frame #22 they have keyframes for Animated = OFF and Influence = 0. They don't flip back to their original position, they get simulated with Rigid Body Physics.

car crash

Of course you don't have to set the keyframes exactly the same for both objects. The next gif shows an example where the blue cuboid is animated until frame #21 like before, the red one is animated until frame #28. This way the "crash" affects only the blue one as if the red one was "stronger".

car crash 2

  • $\begingroup$ ...but you could give the red one a bigger weight...would be the same effect ;) $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris Yeah, kind of, you're right 😉 My point was firstly just to mention the objects don't have to be animated in the same frame range, you can give each his own animation. Secondly, and this is where it's different than using a bigger weight, the longer animated red cube is absolutely unaffected by the crash (bigger weight might still not prevent some effect) but does affect the unanimated blue cube, If I just gave the red one more weight but ended the animation as early as before, it would move straight on and not follow the curve as far as I intended. So it's not exactly the same effect. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 17:30

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