I have redesigned a repeated part of a larger object, and as a result, had to delete several instances of the "same" vertices. now, I can use SHIFT+D to make a dupe of the corrected vertex group, but I only get translation control, scale control or rotational control. And in rotational control only Cursor, View, Gimbal, Normal, Local and Global are available, yet the obvious ones of Cursor, Global, and Local only rotate around the same axis of the part:

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However, I need to rotate around the little "orange dot" demarking the item's origin point.


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There are 2 aspects to the definition of the rotation: its Orientation (the direction of the axis of rotation), and its Pivot (the location of the axis of rotation).

In the illustrated Adjust Last Operation panel, you are being offered only the Orientation. If you set the working Pivot to '3D Cursor' in the header, and, in Object mode, with your object selected, ShiftS > Cursor to Selected, the pivot should be on the object origin ('the orange dot'), and you should be good to go.

(You can bring up the Pivot options by hitting keyboard . (period).)

This assumes one of the Orientation options you are being offered is OK. If it isn't, you may have to create a Custom Orientation for the rotation by checking the little '+' in the Header > Transform Orientation dropdown.

And here, there seems to be a bug in my recent 2.91. The panel does not offer you your Custom Orientation, along with the others.

It still works.. supposing I set my orientation from a face, then Shift D R Z, the orientation will still be normal to the face, and Shift D R Z Z will still revert to Global orientation.

  • $\begingroup$ Correction, the Adjust Last panel does eventually offer the Custom Orientation, but only after a refresh. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Jan 12, 2021 at 15:54

It took me some time, but I found a workaround:

  • Move the cursor into the orange pointer.
  • swap to cursor mode.
  • duplicate the vertices with Shift+D
  • R,Z, mouseclick click
  • in the window "Add Duplicate" now choose Cursor
  • enter the correct value

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