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I'd like to make my mesh to stretch along a curve. I want it stretches when the curve's control points move, just like how Lattice Modifier can stretch or squash a mesh.

So far I tried:

  • Curve modifier: it seems to make a mesh "move" along a curve, but not stretch.
  • Array modifier with Fit Curve option: it duplicates the mesh, not stretch it.
  • Array modifier with Fit Curve and Merge option: it duplicates the mesh and merge the duplicates into a single mesh, still not stretch it. I don't want to change the topology.

Is it possible to stretch/squash a mesh along a curve? Similar to how other deforming modifiers (Lattice/Mesh/Surface) can stretch meshes?

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  • $\begingroup$ maybe you could use shape keys + Curve modifier? But maybe show a screenshot of your object? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ @moonboots it's basically a whip. I want to animate the whip but it's too tedious to set a lot of bones or shape keys. I want to control it with 3 hooks. I know I can use Spline IK... but because I've already made the animation with curve+hooks, I'd like to know if it's possible to just use the curve. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ @moonboots well after thinking twice, Spline IK does use curves so I don't know what I was talking about lol $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ Spline IK is a bit painful but yes, you could use it as well $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:14

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I think this is what you're looking for.

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(You would have to fiddle around with the object's location and origin and stuff)

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    $\begingroup$ Perfect! Thank you very much. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:10

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