I know the 3D Cursor can be used to position new objects, or snap existing ones to a certain location - but what else can it be used for?

An exhaustive list of every possible use would be great (without repeating similar things like "pivot for spin tool", "pivot for screw tool" - which could simply be said as "Pivot for modeling tools").


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Below are some uses of the 3d cursor in Blender with examples

  • Precise placement of new objects
  • Pivot for transformations, example - Transforms moving around the 3D cursor?
  • Pivot for modeling tools and modifiers (e.g. mirror, spin, screw...)
  • Moving the origin of objects (Ctrl-Alt-Shift-C), example - Change pivot or local origin of an object
  • A visual placeholder, for example to remember where something was previously in an animation.
  • Accurate relocation of objects/relocating objects to exactly the same place
  • Source location for the Clone Brush Tool (Ctrl+LMB to set).
  • $\begingroup$ There are existing questions on the site with some of these as answers, if anyone reading this can find any, please add them. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 12:18
  • $\begingroup$ Sometimes I use the 3D cursor as a place marker for animations (e.g. the foot is at the 3d cursor on this frame) $\endgroup$
    – beiller
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose that counts, added it. $\endgroup$
    – Greg Zaal
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 11:32
  • $\begingroup$ There's a clone brush tool? Neat! (: $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 1:33
  • $\begingroup$ What is the new shortcut of CTRL ALT SHIFT C in blender 2.80 2.81 2.82 2.83 ??? beceause it look like it is removed definetivly.. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 14:56

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